Top Five Must-See Historical Sites in Antalya
Turkey is something of a treasure trove of history. The Romans, the Greeks and the Ottomans and a range of other peoples have left their stamp on the nation, making Turkey an intriguing country for any visitor who comes to learn more about its past. The Falcon destination of Antalya, available for visiting in summer 2016, is no different, with a range of historical sites in and around it. Here are our top five suggestions of must-see sites in Antalya.
This triple-arched gate was built to honour Hadrian’s visit to Antalya in 130 AD. The gate’s decorative marble columns and coffered ceilings make are worth seeing if you’re an architecture enthusiast. Watch out for the deep grooves in the ground. These have been carved out over centuries by carts passing in and out of the city.
Situated just 30 kilometres north of Antalya, this old Pisidian city sits in Gulluk Dagi National Park at more 1,000 metres above sea level. At these well-preserved ruins you’ll be able to see an impressive theatre that seats 4,200 people and stands on the edge of a gorge with a backdrop of staggered mountains. You can also explore the necropolis, with its simple sarcophagi dating from the first to the third century AD. There is also the tomb of the Alcatus, which is broadly considered to be the tomb of the general, who was a pretender to the governorship of Pisidia.
Also referred to as ‘Old Antalya’ and dating back to Roman times, Kaleici is the old town of Antalya and was originally surrounded by huge stone walls. Strolling around the cobbled streets among the Ottoman houses and stopping off for a coffee and a spot of people watching is a pleasant way of passing the time.
Temples of Athena and Apollo
The Temples of Athena and Apollo in the nearby village of Side dates back to the 2nd century BC. With the marble columns placed upright in their original spots, the temples stand large and proud. If you make the effort to visit them, you can enjoy a terrific view looking out onto the sea. Go and see these monuments at dusk, so you can watch the sun cast the temples in silhouette as it sinks below the horizon.
Just 17 kilometres from Antalya and close to the Kestra River, Perge used to be a significant port city on a major trade route. The Romans built a stadium that seats 12,000 people, and a theatre which had room for 15,000. Both of these structures were built in the 2nd century AD. Although generally a scene for plays, in later Roman times this theatre also became the scene for gladiatorial combat. The entry to the U-shaped stadium is on the southern side and is well-preserved.
Antalya is a place of history, and next summer you’ll be able to visit this region with Falcon and explore it all. Find out more about our summer 2016 destinations, or make a booking, by dropping in to one of our travel shops or calling us on 1850 858 229. A new adventure awaits you.