Antalya is widely known as the biggest international sea resort in Turkey and the city attracts millions of visitors every year. From ancient ruins to beautiful coastline, here are the top-rated sites in Antalya.
Old Town (Kaleiçi)
The Old Town – Kaleiçi is home to a bunch of boutique hotels, souvenir shops, restaurants and art galleries. Although the Old Town is more a place for you to immerse into the history and old-world fantasy, there are plenty of tourist attractions for adventure addicts to experience.
Firstly, situated in the main square (Kale Kapasi) is a stone-clad clock tower and a fortress gate. There is also the 18th-century Tekeli Mehmet Pasa Mosque which is famous for its stunning interior tile work.
During a walk along Hesapçi Sokak, you will find the amazing Kesik Minare (truncated minaret). Destroyed by fire in the 19th century, the minaret is all left of a Roman Temple, which later was turned into a Byzantine church, and then a mosque.
This is a perfect location for a history buff. The exhibitions here are collected from the best discoveries across the coast. Even better, the collection is displayed in exemplary fashion, which helps make Turkish rich history, from Bronze Age to Byzantium easy to understand.
Some of the must-see display in of the museum include the mosaics from Seleukeia, silver hoard exhibitions from Aspendos, and divinity statues from Perge.
Hadrian’s Gate is one of the main entrance gates into the Kaleiçi district. Built in the name of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who visited the city in year 130, this gate imposes the three-arched marble gateway and is decorated with sculpture decorations, like floral and rosette reliefs.
Hadrian’s Gate is considered to be Pamphylia's most beautiful gate for its striking design.
Being the most distinctive landmark in Antalya, Yivli Minare was built by the Seljuk sultan Alaeddin Keykubad (1219-1236). The minaret strongly represents Seljuk architectural style, with a square base surmounted by an octagonal drum bearing the fluted shaft and corbelled gallery around the top.
Near the place is a 14th century mosque, which is still in use today and there is also a Kale entrance gate into the old city to the right of the Minaret.
Opposite the minaret stands a clock tower from Antalya’s Ottoman’s era, while nearby are some tombs from the 14th century.
Dating back to the 2nd century, the stadium in Antalya ‘s ancient Perge city is one of the largest ancient stadiums in Anatolia, with a capacity of 12000 people. Perge Stadium is also one of the best preserved stadiums to have survived from ancient times to our own.
The huge rectangular construction was built on a substructure of seventy vaulted chambers. The north end of the stadium used to be the arena for gladiators and wild animals to combat.
Beside the stadium, Perge city is also home to various interesting activities and tourist sites, such as: The Roman Baths, Hellenistic Gate and Acropolis.
Karain Cave (Karain Magarasi)
Karain Cave is a Paleolithic archaeological site that is located about 27 kilometers northwest of Antalya. The cave was inhabited by prehistoric man. The discoveries found here include bones and teeth belonging to Neolithic man.
Paleolithic and Neolithic flint blades, scrapers and arrow heads were also discovered in the cave. However, the attention of the researchers was especially drawn to the carving of human faces on the rocks.
If you would like to learn more about the Karain cave and its historical artifacts, you should visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which hosts an extensive collection of Karain artifacts.
Phaselis is an ancient city ranged from a peninsula surrounded by three small, perfect bays. The city is now protected within Olympos National Park. This place is where Alexander the Great set up his winter quarters in 334 BC.
The remaining of the ancient city include a theater, aqueduct, temples and a colonnaded street. The seaside of the ruins is absolutely stunning.
Aspendos was an ancient Greco-Roman city which is located 7 kilometers northeast of central Serik. The remains of this city are another worthy day trip. The most incredible site here is definitely the theater, which dates from between 160 – 180 AD and this is the best preserved theater of its kind in the world, with the capacity up to 15000 people.
The theater offers annual interesting activities, such as: Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival in the spring and early summer.
Apart from the theater, there are a lot of other highlighting architectures you can visit. They include: Roman ruins of Aspendos and Perge, entrance to Aspendos and the waterfalls.
If you are interesting in these tourist attractions in Antalya, you can visit it this summer to truly feel both the ancient and summertime atmosphere. Obtain your visa now with our e-Visa service to travel to Antalya, Turkey this year.
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