General information about Fethiye.
In the Roman and Byzantine periods the culture of the city was at a high level and, Telmessos was famous for its oracles and prophets,who had a great influence on the history of the city. According to legend, one of the local oracles predicted world-wide fame for Alexander the Great.
In 189 BCE the Romans lost control of the area, and the city passed to the Bergamen Kingdom, and in 133 BCE became part of the federation of Lycia. In the 8th century, the city was renamed Anatasyapolis in the honor of the Byzantine emperor Anastasios II. In 1284, the city passed to the principality of Mentecheogullara, and in 1424 the city was annexed to the lands of the Ottoman Empire and renamed Makri (or Meghri - "distant city").
The city received its modern name in 1934 in honor of the Turkish military aviator, who was called Fethi Bey.