Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Travel Back Millennia in Antalya

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Antalya is the largest city on the western Mediterranean coast. It is quiet and wealthy city with tall buildings, busy markets and flourished trade and commerce. Most of the visitors prefer to stay in the old district of Kaleichi instead of high-end resorts. Kaleichi is a large open space area of boulevards, Ottoman age houses and trinket shops. It is an extra-ordinary place to stay in if you want to explore the city and its neighbourhood.

The remains of Roman and pre-Roman era are scattered around the city which have easily set in its modern clad. On your visit to Antalya, you can travel back to the ages and get the feel of the Turkey’s oldest and finest civilisations.

Roman origins

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The history of Antalya can be traced back to 150 BC, 17 years before becoming a Roman territory. The Hardrian’s Gate dating back to 130 AD is lined by the ruins of Roman and Byzanthine era walls which once surrounded the city. The gate was built in the honour of Emperor Hadrian through which he entered the city on his first visit. The disintegrated walls of the city give you a hint of the glory of Roman Empire.

Scrambling down the hill, you will reach the Roman harbour which was built somewhere around the mid 2nd Century. Today, the harbour is swarmed with the Pirate-theme boats and yachts. 
Antalya has played a crucial role in some of the history’s biggest civilisations. The Antalya Museum is overwhelmed with statues, carvings and artefacts from the Stone Age, to the Roman and Byzantium era to the Ottoman era.

Ottoman Kaleiçi

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Antalya was an Ottoman territory from 1391 till the end of World War 1 when it gave up to Italy. Most of the Kaleici’s mansions belonging to the Ottoman era have now been transformed into up-town hotels, as a consequence of which most of the local business are tourist-centric. Ottoman houses are easily recognisable with their square-shaped, wooden bay windows on the top floor and the walk on the streets of the town provides many photogenic backgrounds.
For a decent sample of a restored Ottoman building head to the Antalya Kültür Evi, this has an  excellent stone-rock passage. The show inside delineates scenes from day by day life under the realm, yet utilising some really frightening mannequins.


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The ancient city of Termessos is set in a beautiful mountain valley which is 34km from the northwest of Antalya. During the hot & humid Turkish summer, Termessos seems to be the last resort. The inhabitants were neither Greek nor Lycian, instead they were the fierce warrior of Pisidia who defeated Alexander the Great in 333 BC and became an ally to the Romans in 70 BC. You will need two hours to admire the scale of the ruins.


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Fabricated amid Aspendos' golden days in the rule of Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 161–80), the open-air theatre at Aspendos is viewed as the best Roman theatre of the ancient world. There are different remains to explore here, If its possible, attempt to time your visit with a performance at the theatre.


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The size and nature of the ruins at Perge, proves why it was the most prominent town of ancient Pamphylia. Seeing the remains of the town’s waterway in the centre of colonnaded street, and the noticeable baths and shops, compels your mind to think of the prosperous life of the town. You can touch the angelic carvings and decorated corridors to get the essence of a once glorious civilisation.

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