In the eastern Mediterranean, the Lycian Nappes are found in the structurally uppermost position in the Anatolide-Tauride belt related to the closure of the Neotethys. In Western Turkey, the Marmaris Ophiolite with the metamorphic sole occupies the uppermost tectonic position in the Lycian belt. The metamorphic sole is represented by discontinuous tectonic slices composed of amphibolites, phyllites, micashists and quartzo-feldspathic micaschists. Zircons from the micashists and quartzo-feldspathic micaschists display dark cores and rims. The cores yield ages between 229 and 175 Ma, inner rims yield ages between 153 and 143 Ma and the outer rims show a concordia age of 96.7 +/- 0.79 Ma. In terms of their Th/U ratios, the cores and inner rims indicate igneous origin, whereas the outer rims indicate accretion during metamorphism. By dating of these zircons, the deposition time for the protolith of micaschists and quartzo-feldspathic micaschists could be constrained as the Early Cretaceous. Present-day orientation of the kinematic data from the sole metamorphics and the uppermost part of the Karabortlen formation clearly suggest a top-to-the NE sense of shear. By taking into account the 25(o)-30(o) anticlockwise post-emplacement rotation of Southwest Turkey, it follows that the Lycian Nappes were emplaced eastward onto the Menderes Nappes. This tectonic model disagrees with the previous tectonic models suggesting northward or southward movement of the Lycian Nappes onto Menderes Nappes.