Antique cities of Turkey – Aspendos Theater, ruins of Perge and Side
Vacations in Turkey will not surprise anyone now, but I would like to show my readers “another Turkey” with the opportunity to go here not only for beautiful hotels and beaches, but also to see its special antique “face”. The sights of this country are striking in the abundance of monuments of culture, history, archeology. Antique Turkey is magnificent for its low population and even little openness compared to other European countries …
Therefore, in the midst of the tourist season I will try to write more about the nearest destinations and our immediate neighbors. I already wrote earlier about an unexplored corner of tourist Turkey near Antalya and fashionable Belek, the ancient city of Termessos.
Unfortunately, not many tourists are aware of such places, even being in their immediate vicinity. Alas, the host travel companies are interested in selling you shopping, water parks and other public places where the commission will be higher, and selling them is much easier. Or historical and cultural places, but located at a great distance from the hotel, with a departure for 1-2 days, for which not everyone is ready for vacation. They, undoubtedly, are also worth the closest attention.
However, as many places are incredibly beautiful and sometimes desert can be found in the immediate vicinity of Antalya, Belek and Side. Do not miss them from your field of vision, be sure to get out here, even if you went for a simple shopping!
Today we’ll talk about places where you can get out for an hour or two and spend a total of one full day on all three places. Of course, I will repeat myself, but once again I will recommend taking such an excursion with a Russian-speaking historian guide who will revive the ancient ruins with his story. And they will be able to reveal to you their secrets, show hidden sides and amazing moments.
By the way, this is one of the reasons why most travel agencies cannot sell such places correctly to a tourist from Russia (although Germans and other Europeans willingly drop in here) – sending a simple escort or driver with a tourist, they leave in the soul of the traveler only a faded feeling of touching what something amazing. Ruins remain for such people only a pile of stones, boring and not worth the time spent …
In these places I was able to visit between a busy schedule and visiting hotels, but even with this rhythm, I was able to appreciate them! Moreover, I think that I definitely need to come back here for an even more attentive inspection of the details or just to sit at least half an hour immersed in their atmosphere.
Turkey, as a country, was very lucky to be the crossroads of many cultures and ethnic groups, it turned out to be a real melting point of many civilizations – Persian, Greek, Roman, Arab, Byzantine. Therefore, the entire territory of this neighboring country is literally dotted with historical and cultural monuments. And unlike the sights of Greece or the same Italy, a huge plus of Turkish cultural objects is that they are all not crowded. You can wander around the ruins of Perge for hours in complete solitude among the lizards and half-wild goats scurrying back and forth …
And along the way, enjoy the beautiful nature!
The first destination I had was the city of Aspendos. But if you live in Antalya, then it is better to start exploring with Perge – it is located closest to the tourist Antalya and the Lara Beach area, known to many of our tourists as the center of the best hotels in this area.
In fact, only a small part of the buildings of ancient Aspendos remained in good condition, creating the appearance of this ancient antique city, including the ancient theater and nearby aqueducts. With which I began my inspection with my companion from the host company in Turkey, Katerina. I did not have the opportunity to read about these places in advance and get at least minimal information. However, Katya, attentive and patient to my irrepressible thirst to climb around and find out literally everything, completely filled these gaps.
Aqueducts located near the city supplied it with water. They were preserved quite well for such a venerable age, and only by their monumental size can we judge the former greatness of this ancient city. Of course, nature and time are gradually conquering a piece of these great territories of ancient buildings …
Aspendos as a city as a whole is supposedly known from the 10th century BC. The foundation of the city is usually associated with the end of the Trojan War, so you can imagine how ancient stones lie in these places in front of us! Both Greeks and Persians owned these territories until the brilliant Alexander of Macedon walked through these lands and conquered most of them (330 BC). But the peak of the heyday of the city fell on the rule of the Romans – the beginning of our era, when the city printed its own coin and actively traded in salt. And salt in ancient times, as we know, is one of the best sources of income.