Tahtalı Dağı

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Tahtalı Dağı
Lycian Olympus
Olympos beach.jpg
View of the coast at Olympos with Tahtalı Dağı in the background
Highest point
Elevation2,366 m (7,762 ft)
Coordinates36°32′13″N 30°26′31″E / 36.53694°N 30.44194°E / 36.53694; 30.44194Coordinates: 36°32′13″N 30°26′31″E / 36.53694°N 30.44194°E / 36.53694; 30.44194
Geography
Tahtalı Dağı is located in Turkey
Tahtalı Dağı
Tahtalı Dağı
Location in Turkey
LocationAntalya Province, Turkey
Parent rangeWestern Taurus Mountains
The summit of Tahtalı Dağı in spring with cable car (left)
View from the summit

Tahtalı Dağı, also known as Lycian Olympus, is a mountain near Kemer, a seaside resort on the Turkish Riviera in Antalya Province, Turkey. It was known as Olympus (Greek: Όλυμπος; also transliterated as Olympos) and Phoenicus (Greek: Φοινικοῦς) in ancient times.[1] It is part of the Beydağları Coastal National Park. Visitors can ascend the summit with the Olympos Aerial Tram. The Lycian Way long distance trail traverses the mountain.

Geography[edit]

Tahtalı Dağı lies on the east coast of the Teke Peninsula (Lycian Peninsula) and dominates the landscape around Kemer. Can booked between Antalya and Finike to him as dominant peaks of the mountain range Bey Dağları (Turkish: Bey Mountains) see a part of the way through the south of the Turkey withdrawing Taurus Mountains. Its close proximity to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea makes it far visible to mariners. It is the highest mountain in the Natural Park of Olympos - Beydağları - Milli Park. From November to often into June, the summit is covered with ice and snow. In the spring of this snow layer is often reddish brown colored by Sahara winds, while it is often not seen in the summer because of the clouds. The vegetation-free zone starts at about 1900 meters height.

History[edit]

In ancient times the mountain was called Olympos, the home of the gods, a name it shares with many other high mountains. The ruins of the ancient city of Phaselis lie at the foot of Tahtalı.

Today's Turkish name could derive from tahta (Turkish: wooden panel, wooden board), but more likely it derives from the Turkish taht ("throne" in Turkish, referring to Olympos as the throne of the Gods).

Funicular Olympos Teleferik[edit]

The cable car company Olympos Teleferik, a Turkish-Swiss Cooperation, has been in operation since June 16, 2007. It owns one cable car line leading to the summit of Tahtalı. Its bottom station is located within 8 km of both Tekirova and Çamyuva on the eastern side of the mountain. With a length of 4350 meters, the Olympos Teleferik is one of the longer aerial tramways. It was built by the Doppelmayr / Garaventa Group, one of the leading companies in the design and manufacture of cable cars.

In order to transport the materials up the mountain, a simple ropeway was built. The materials consited of approximately 3,700 cubic meters of concrete, 4,500 cubic meters of water, 420 tons of steel and 8,600 tons of gravel.

The funicular has two cabins able to transport up to 80 individuals and overcome the height difference of 1639 m within 10 minutes with the help of a 1000 kW engine. The cabins are carried by two supporting cables having a diameter of 51 mm which are pulled by a cord with a diameter of 38 mm. The cables pass the four cable car towers with a maximum speed of 10 m/s (36 km/h). This setup enables the Olympos Teleferik to transport up to 480 people per hour.

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Strabo (1929). Jones, H. L., ed. Geography. 14. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-99246-7.