Friday's here again and we've got something a little bit different for today's Fethiye photo post. Last week, it was all about me trying to improve my night photography with a photo of the Sundial Hotel at night, but we want to take you back to the Friday before that.
Two weeks ago, we had a black and white photo of the ancient Telmessos theatre that overlooks Fethiye harbour and we were musing as to when restoration might begin. We'd heard the money for the restoration had been released by the government, we'd seen the Fethiye Belediyesi (council) hoardings saying restoration was beginning - and so it was just a matter of waiting...
Telmessos Theatre being fenced off
And then, a few days ago, we were chatting to friends. "You might want to get up there to have a look," they said. "We've just got back. It's started." Of course we wanted to go and have a look. For years, we've felt a bit sad by the state of Telmessos Theatre - it's not even on our Fethiye Must Sees & Dos page yet. But, now we're going to get to see its renewal!
The promenade is now the road
And this is what's different about today's Fethiye photo - make that 'photos' because there's more than one. One photo will not suffice when we're writing about something as important (to us) as the restoration of the theatre. It's going to completely transform this area of the harbour, both during the work and after completion. As you can see above, the road between the theatre and the harbour is closed off and now runs along the pedestrianised area along the sea.
This is going to take a bit of getting used to for those of us who either live in Fethiye or who know Fethiye well. Where once we wandered without aim along this little section of harbour, we now need to remember to stick to the path. We'll become accustomed to this, eventually and, hopefully, it'll all be worth it.
Fethiye Telmessos Theatre, pre-restoration
And so, Fethiye's ancient Telmessos theatre now sits behind a barrier of wire fencing. Since taking this photo, the fencing has been covered in green mesh but it's still possible to see developments. A neglected piece of Fethiye's history now has its chance to once more become a proud feature for the town. It's going to be a long job and we're not too sure what the completed project is expected to look like - we're excited and nervous at the same time. We'll keep you posted...