Historical Places to Visit in Antalya

Historical Places to Visit in Antalya

Antalya Archeology Museum

Antalya travel notes Antalya Archeology Museum. Having witnessed thousands of years and many civilizations, Antalya is naturally a city rich in museums. Another important historical/cultural center that I will recommend to you in the list of places to visit in Antalya is the Archeology Museum.

The Archaeological Museum, which has an exhibition area of 300,000 square meters, provides important evidence of what kind of human activities took place in the city’s thousands of years of history.

A wide variety of objects are exhibited in the museum, from fossils from different geological ages to Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Chalcolithic, Neolithic and Early Bronze Age finds. In addition, there are separate exhibition halls for many areas such as ceramics, mosaics, portraits, sarcophagi, coins, ethnographic-Turkish/Islamic period in the building. At the same time, Antalya beaches are world famous.

Aspendos Ancient Theater

Aspendos Antique Theater Places to visit in Antalya. Aspendos takes the lead among places close to Antalya. The most striking feature of the theater in the Serik district is that it belongs to the Roman period and has been very well preserved until today. The 2nd century Aspendos Antique Theater consists of two parts, one on top of the other. There are 41 seats in total in the theater. Fascinating visitors with its splendid structure, the ancient Roman Theater is still one of the most distinguished structures of that period. You can also attend opera-ballet festivals in summer.

Olympos Ancient City

Olympos Ancient City, places to visit in Antalya. One of the popular attractions in the list of places to visit near Antalya, the Ancient City of Olympos carries the traces of thousands of years ago. Olympos, which is frequently visited by those who want to make a historical trip in Antalya, which is rich in ancient cities, was among the cities with 3 votes in the Lycian League. Remains from the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Periods are buried in the region. I especially recommend you to see the temple gate and the small Roman theater. Olympos, which has a life hidden among the mountains, also enchants the visitors with its natural beauties.

Perge Ancient City

Ancient City of Perge Antalya Ancient Cities. The ancient city of Perge, in the Aksu district of Antalya, promises a trip that will satisfy most visitors in terms of history and culture. The archaeological remains in the city of Perge, which was formerly the capital of the Pamphylia Region, are extremely impressive. Many structures such as Perge Theatre, Stadium, Roman Gate, Septimius Severus Fountain, Propylon, Hellenistic Towers, Southern Bath, Agora, where gladiator wars took place, take history lovers to the past.

Termessos Ancient City

Termessos Ancient City Antalya Ancient Cities. Termessos is also among the places to visit around Antalya. It is about 30-32 km from the center of Antalya. The historical city was founded by the Solyms, one of the oldest peoples of Anatolia. Termessos is mainly remembered for the events of resistance against Alexander the Great. The strong defense of the Termessians resulted in them not surrendering their city. Especially the theater should be seen in the ancient city, where you can visit with wonderful views from the summit of Güllük Mountain. In addition, old tombs and sarcophagi are among the things you can see in the region.

Side Ancient City

Side Antique City Places to visit around Antalya. If you are going to visit Manavgat, one of the most touristic districts of Antalya, I definitely recommend you to visit Side Antique City. The ancient city in the town of Side has been involved with various civilizations throughout its history. It is also known that the ancient city, whose foundation dates back to the 8th century BC, came under the rule of Lydia, Persia, Alexander the Great and Rome. In the region, which is extremely rich in terms of culture and history, many historical buildings such as the Great Gate, Side Antique Fountain, Ancient Theatre, churches, baths, agora and churches attract the attention of tourists. In the museum in the ancient city, you can see various Byzantine, Hellenistic and Roman works.

Phaselis Ancient City

Phaselis Ancient City Places to visit in Antalya. The Ancient City of Phaselis, which is estimated to date from the 7th century BC, is one of the oldest settlements in Antalya. The fact that there are 3 separate ports in the Ancient City of Phaselis, which was founded by the Rhodesians, is an indicator of the commercial importance of the city. In addition, wells, cisterns, theatre, agora, basilica and bath ruins are among the things you can see in the ancient city. You can include Phaselis Ancient City, which is not lacking in terms of natural beauties with its rich pine forests and coast, in your “historical places to visit in Antalya” list.

St. Nicholas Church

St Nicholas Church Places to visit around Antalya. Every year, hundreds of people visit St. Nicholas to see the mausoleum built for St. Nicholas, known as Santa Claus. Nicholas Church visits. Saint Nicholas was born in Patara, Antalya. It is estimated that he died at the age of 65 after serving as bishop in Myra, a district of Demre. Miracles believed to be performed by Santa Claus were also depicted in the church built by the Myrans.

Myra Ancient City

The ancient city of Myra, which is famous as the place where the Goddess Kybele was Artemis in mythology, was once the capital of the Lycian Civilization. Myra, located between Kaş and Finike, takes its name from the Myra River, in other words the Demre Stream. The Ancient Roman City Theater built on rock tombs and the tomb reliefs in the Necropolis are among the most interesting ruins in the region.

Xantos-Letoon Ancient City

Xantos, the ancient city of Antalya dating back to the pre-BC era, is located on two hills near the Eşen Stream. The ancient city, inhabited by civilizations such as Persia, Lycia, and Byzantium, was included in the World Heritage List together with Letoon in 1988. While Xanthos has been one of the most important administrative centers of Lycia, Letoon has religious value.

The distance between the two ancient cities is about 4 km. For this reason, I recommend you to visit both historical cities. Dipylon in Xanthos, Xanthos Theatre, Roman Agora; In Letoon, there are basilica, theatre, inscriptions, stoa, temples, etc. includes historical artifacts. Especially Leto, Artemis and Apollon Temples are worth seeing.