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Impressive Gladiator Amphitheater!
Side Amphitheater is one of the best remain of Greek amphitheater is sill good intact even after more than two thousands years.
Wonderful piece of history that is not a world heritage site, but perhaps should be when viewed alongside ancient Side. The building is large, originally seating 15000 people. When in use it had an orchestra pit where they held gladiatorial contests.
This is defintly worth a vist it only cost 100TL (turkish lira) to get in and is by far worth a visit. Givs u goosebumps.
Phaselis Beautiful, Tranquil, Heaven on Earth
Easily accessible even by public transport operating between Antalya / Kemer and Finike / Kumluca.
From the bus stop / gate, you need to walk 10-15 minutes to reach the site itself.
There is an interesting historical story behind the ruins of Phaselis and lods of remains of various objects to be seen there, the Roman aquaduct being the most impressive one.
Warmly recommended if you are staying in Kemer/Tekirova/Kumluca area in Turkey and wish to escape from the "all inclusive routine" or you are simply enthusiastic about visiting historical sites and natural beauties.
Shades of Indiana Jones
The location is fantastic especially for the nature lovers .
If you're the sort of person who wants to see grand and impressive buildings, Olympos might not be for you.. most of the structures still standing are relatively modest in comparison to say, Ephesos or Hierapolis. But if you're looking to experience the sense of mystery and wonder that the first explorers who "discovered" the ruined cities of antiquity must have felt as they stumbled through the overgrown streets, there are surely few sites anywhere in Türkiye which allow your imagination to go into overdrive quite like the ruins of the ancient Lycian city of Olympos.
The gently crumbling stone buildings of the ancient town, which are nestled within a forest that's a only few meters from the shores of the Mediterranean, seem to exude an air of quiet mystery.. especially as you make your way deeper into the forest to explore the parts of the site which are off the main trail down to the beach. Speaking of the beach, you can always take a break from wandering in the woods checking out the remains of the ancient site to go chill on the shore and watch the waves.
Simply put, if you're looking for vast, imposing architectural monuments, then Olympos might not be your cup of tea… but even if you are, I'd still recommend you give the site a visit, because there's something about the setting which might just win Olympos a special place in your traveler's heart!
No words... This place is wonderful!!! You can visit the ruins enjoying at the same time a wonderful sea!! It is a very fashinating place, ruins and nature live togheter in a great symbiosis.
Ancient Roman City of Trier, Germany
Trier, which is in southwest Germany and close to Luxembourg, is the oldest city in Germany and was an important administrative center for the Western Roman Empire.
The city is very walkable, and I was able to get everywhere on foot with the help of Google Maps. A full, packed day is enough to cover the major sites and take in the many fascinating ancient Roman ruins. I managed to tour the Porta Nigra, which was a city gate and later a church, the Trier Imperial Baths, Trier Amphitheater (used for gladiator events in Roman times), Trier Cathedral, and the Electoral Palace.
Trier is a must-visit for European history buffs and UNESCO World Heritage site lovers!
The Amazing Aspendos Roman Theatre
The ancient city of Aspendos is known for its Roman theater dating back to around 161-180 AD. It is also one of the best preserved Roman theater in the World.
The theatre of Aspendos is the best preserved ancient theatre and the most impressive Roman structure of Pamphylia.
The ancient city of Aspendos was founded by the Greeks in the 5th century BC and later came under Roman rule. During the Roman era, the city flourished and the Roman Theater was built to entertain the masses.
Despite earthquakes and other natural disasters, the theater has remained remarkably intact, a testament to the ingenuity of its ancient builders.
The Aspendos Theater is located in the ancient city of Aspendos, about 25 miles east of the modern city of Antalya, Turkey.
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Collection of Historicy
⏰ Side Museum open daily : 8:30 AM–7:45 PM
💰 Side Museum Entrance Fee : 100 ₺
Side welcomes visitors in a Roman bathhouse which was restored and converted into a museum in the ancient city.
It is an exciting place to visit as it has a lot of great artifacts which for the most part are not exchibited on the shelves but in a more natural way - inside the large Roman baths (dating 5th - 6th centuries A.D.) which were restored and converted into an archaeological museum and in the garden. You can feel a very special atmosphere there.
The sculptures of Gods and the reliefs of the sarcophagi are absolutely spectacular and testify to the highest level of skills of the artists of Asia Minor.
Despite of a very hot day, inside it felt pretty cool and there was a lot of shade which also contributed to the pleasant visit.
It would be interesting to visit it, even if you are not a connoisseur of history. However, if you are a history lover, we would recommend to read some information about Side prior to your visit and also pay attention to the signs and inscriptions there.
Enjoy your visit!
Hidden Gems Of Anatolia
The Kızılkoyun Nekropolü is located beneath the old town hill. It's on the slope oriented towards the Mosaic museum (literally across the street from it) and you cannot miss it.
There're more than hundred rock carved cave tombs dating back to 2,000 years to the time of the Edessa Kingdom Roman era.
This area is known for its diverse cave structures, including Roman tombs, reliefs, and mosaics. The calcareous soil of the region enables the formation of numerous caves. The total area of the site is approximately 5 hectares.
Best of all the site is totally free to visit with no entry fee.
If you’re planning a trip to Göbeklitepe or the nearby Harran, it is worth adding a full day to explore all the attractions in this beautiful city.
Charming Old Town With Stunning Night View
📍Old Town Of Side
The heart of Side is its charming old town, where you can wander through narrow streets lined with historic buildings, browse boutique shops, and sample delicious local cuisine.
With its 3,500 years of history, Side's old town will amaze you with ancient ruins from Roman and Byzantine times. These include:
Commercial Agora: The cultural and economic center of the city and a popular meeting place during the Roman period. It's located next to the ancient theater and houses a lot of ruins, such as the temple of Tyche, and a well preserved market street.
State Agora: Southeast of the Commercial Agora are the remains of the second-century State Agora, that was reserved for the elite circles in the city.
Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum): Near the outer city walls, you can find part of the Roman aqueducts dating from the 2nd century AD.
Roman Baths: The Roman Baths opposite the Commercial Agora probably date back to the 5th century. Since 1962, it has served as the Side Museum.
City Walls: Construction of the once six-kilometer-long city wall began in the late first century. It served to protect the city and some of it can still be visited today.
City Gate: Located near the Nymphaeum, the large main gate was first built as a free-standing structure and only later integrated into the city wall.
Colonnaded Road: A marble-paved street framed by columns that once led from the city gate to the old city center. Today, remains of the columns with original mosaics can still be seen and are a very popular photo motif.
South Basilica: This basilica was built right next to the two main Roman temples in the city, which were later incorporated into the atrium of the Byzantine church.
Monumental Gate: It was built on the Commercial Agora. Today, only the foundation walls are preserved.
Vespasian Monument & Gate: A fountain was erected next to the inner city gate in honor of the Roman Emperor, Vespasian.
Temple of Dionysus: Remains of the early Roman temple dedicated to the god of wine near the ancient theater.
Temple of Men: Along Barbaros Caddesi, you will find remains of a temple that was dedicated to Men, an Anatolian deity of the Moon.
In conclusion, Side Old Town is surely a hidden gem lying in wait for the tourists to explore, so keep it on your places to visit when you happen to go to Türkiye in future!
Magnificent Column of Constantine in Istanbul! 🏛️
Welcome to Istanbul, the city of wonders! Don't miss out on the awe-inspiring Column of Constantine, an iconic historical landmark that takes you on a journey through time. 🌟 Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Roman Empire as you marvel at this towering masterpiece. 🏰🏞️
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