Antalya-Kaleici (Old Town) and...
Antalya-Kaleici (Old Town) and Aspendos - one of the well - preserved theatre of the Ancient times. Worth to see...dont miss! Brilliant sunshine... Breathtaking sunsets...Impossing mountains...Captivating towns... Are many of the attractions to be found in the Antalya region.
This mound is situated on the Elmali-Fenike highway,about 132 km southwest of Antalya in Beyler village,on the edge of the Karagol plain.The excavation has continued from 1994.In the course of these excavations,settements ranging from the Early Bronze Age dawn to the Eastern Roman period were found.
*A Höyük is a mound or hill of earth built through the collapse of successive mud built settlements.
If you travel to Antalya, You should not pass Aspendos without visiting.. , Aspendos located beside the river Köprüçay, is renowned throughout the world for its magnificent ancient amphitheatre. Situated a little way off the Antalya - Alanya main road just after Serik the city of Aspendos dates back to the 5th century BC. The Seljuks later used this extremely well preserved Roman amphitheatre, which was built around the 2nd century AD, as a caravanserai. With a seating capacity of around 10-12,000, it is still used today to host spectacular concerts, ballets and other significant events.
The surrounding district of Aspendos is called as Belkis today. And there are regular tours to Aspendos from Antalya, else you can take a bus, probably Antalya- Alanya bus and stop at Belkis at the highway.. There are taxis going to Aspendos, but you can also walk ( A tough walking nearly 4 Km ) depending the weather condition...
Myra was one of the earliest Lycian city.At the same time of the Lycian Federation,Myra was one of the most important city with tree voices in the Federation's council.Although the history of Myra's first foundation is not known from some Lycian ruins,rock-tombs and inscriptions found in the area.It would appear that the settlement existed in the V century B.C.
In the year 18 A.D. the emperoe Germanicus and his wife Agrippa visited Myra,in 60 A.D. of importance was the brief visit of the St.Paul on his way to Rome.In the II century A.D. dignified by the tittle of Metropolis.During the Byzantine period,especially 4-5 century A.D. Myra became the centre of religious and administrative affairs.In the IV century A.D. St.Nicholas became bishop of Myra,famous in his own time for the miracles he performed.
Myra's Greco-Roman theatre has 35 rows of seats.The stage building is still standing up the second course in places and from the remaining fragments,it would appear thet the facade facing the audience was extremely decorative.The theatre is in a relatively good condition.
The famous Lycian rock-tombs in Myra,the tombs of the sea necropolis are to be found on the steep cliff to the east and west of the theatre.The tombs of the so called river necropolis are located on the northeast side of the hill.Although they vary in type and size,most belong to the house type