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    Ancient clay pipes responsible for water...
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  • Empty fountain/nymphaeum outside bath complex
    Empty fountain/nymphaeum outside bath...
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  • Floor shows how steam used to move underneath
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    by mtncorg Written May 28, 2012

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    Leading down from an elaborate nypmhaeum/fountain at the base of the city acropolis was a colonnaded street that was lined with shops on both sides. In the middle of the street were a series of pools that were built to both cool and reflect the city as opposed to being a water supply – that was the purpose of the nymphaea. You can find a drain and plug in several of the pools. The pools drained into and were filled from clay pipes which ran underneath the street.

    Pools down the middle of Canal Street Canal street pools with drains and plugs Looking up the street over the ancient pools Pools and the acropolis beyond
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    At the base of the city acropolis below the North Gate you find the remains of this fine fountain. From this fountain water flowed down through the pools in Canal Street en route to the baths and the rest of the city. The fountain featured a two-storied facade with several niches which used to hold statues. Only the remains of the central niche remain today – Kastros, the god of the nearby river.

    Acropolis nymphaeum at head of Canal Street Looking from the fountain down over Canal Street Ancient clay pipes responsible for water features River God Kastros lays atop the nymphaeum
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    by mtncorg Written May 28, 2012

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    Dating back to the 2nd C BC, this gate on the south side of the city incorporated two towers which are in the process of restoration/stabilization. Inscriptions denote the importance of a woman, Plancia Magna, who as a priestess of Artemis and of the Imperial Cult, a daughter of a provincial governor and a city administrator – she was responsible for efforts to rebuild the city after one of the many earthquakes that has struck the city - was honored by her fellow citizens. The monumental entrance and inner courtyard were also built according to her wishes. A statue of her has been removed to the Antalya Museum.

    Restoration at the Hellenistic gat of Perge Inscription remembering role of Plancia Magna John Crossan talking on Planica's role in Perge Another stone inscription remembers Plancia Plancia Magna removed to Antalya Museum
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