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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.
Apollo Temple Where Anthony ❤️Cleopatra Met
A visit to the ruins of the Apollo Temple makes for a fascinating experience for lovers of romance and history. It is believed to be the place where Anthony met Cleopatra; he presented the Apollo Temple as a token of his love and devotion to her.
Even without the romantic angle, the Apollo Temple is a magnificent work of architecture dating back to 2nd century AD. What made it different from other temples of that era, is its antechamber which had a pair of massive Corinthian columns. It was built in honor of Apollo, the god of light and music.
Beach in Side Crown Serenity Hotel - Turkey
The beach is located 800 meters away from Side Crown Serenity Hotel. It takes around 10 minutes to walk to the beach and there’s also a shuttle bus going every 15 minutes for those who don’t want to walk.
It is a private sandy beach 80 meters long and 60 meters wide with plenty of sun-beds, umbrellas and its own beach bar, terrace and loungers specially for Crown Serenity guests. Once there, lunch and drinks are easily obtained via the bar. The beach bar is open daily from 10am-5pm.
Overall the beach is good, very clean and convenient.
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Side Museum - Turkey
I highly recommend to visit Side Museum! There is a nice collection of sculptures, torsa portraits, tomb steles, Greek and Side inscriptions, column capital and etc. There are quite a lot of information signs, both in Turkish and English.
Side Museum is located in an ancient bath building that dates back to the 2nd century and has survived until now. It is a small museum, it won’t take more than 30 minutes to see all the artifacts. The Museum is very close to the local attractions and the entrance fee is very cheap.
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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!
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!
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