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    Up into the mountains

    by uglyscot Written Aug 16, 2004

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    River at Selge

    A trip up into the Taurus mountains is a sheer delight. The area is forested and has rivers fast enough for white water rafting. At Selge there is a Roman bridge across the river,
    The day we went we experienced a sudden downpour and the river suddenly turned brown with the mud carried down.
    We also were invited into a house for tea. We sat on carpets and cushions on the floor , and glasses of mint tea were poured from a samovar in the centre of the room. True hospitality for a group of strangers.

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    600 years old Turkish Bath SEFA

    by marsistanbul Updated May 30, 2008

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    In terms of bathing culture,however,not much has changed since Ottoman times.After undressing cabins around the camekan,the entry courtyard,and wrapping in the PESTEMAL,a colourful checked towel,the visitor proceeds through the SOGUKLUK,a room of moderate temperature,to the HARARET,the steamy hot area of the bath.This marble clad central room of the bath is covered by a dome with round glass openings that allow daylight to fall inside in a beautiful pattern.
    The walls are ringed with individual marble basins where bathers wash themselves.The center of the HARARET is occupied by a large platform(GOBEK TASI),where the hamam attendant treats visitors to an exfoliating body scrupy mitt(KESE) and an invigorating,if not occasionally rough,massage afterwards..

    SEFA HAMAMI is an other unique 600 years old Historical Turkish bath in Kaleici(citadel)
    It is not a place for touristic spots,it is an authentic Turkish bath.
    You can also have in there soap,oil massage and peeling.
    Turkish bath:13 YTL
    Peiling(KESE):5 YTL
    Soap massage:6 YTL
    open fm 9.oo am. till to 23.oo pm
    address:Barbaros mah.KOcatepe sok.no 32 Kaleici Antalya

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    the Heracles sarcophagus

    by marsistanbul Written May 15, 2008

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    This sarcophagus was discovered during excavations conducted at Perge and has been exhibited since 1962.It is from the group of tombs classified as "columned sarcophagi of Asia Minor".The lid of the sarcophagus is of the roof-shaped type with a triangular pediment at each end.On each of the pediments are carved Medusa heads that were deployed to protect the grave.
    HERACLES;he is the son of the God Zeus and mortal Alkmene.Hera,the wife of Zeus,can't bear the fact that her husband betrayed her with a mortal and hates Heracles,the offsprings of the relationship.That is why she let Heracles to go mad and kill his wife and children.When Heracles recovered from this madness he wanted to purify himself from these sins.The oracle of Apollo,he consulted told him to enter the service of King Eurysthens and through this service he could expunge his sins and attain immortality.The King,who was on the side of Hera,ordered Heracles to complete twelve missions,each harder than the previous one.
    2nd century A.D.
    The hall of grave cultures.
    Antalya Museum
    Konyaalti cad.No1 Antalya

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    SANTA CLAUS(St.Nicholaos)

    by marsistanbul Updated May 10, 2008

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    Saint Nicholas is mostly known as Santa Claus in European countries,and is known as father Christmas throughout the world,he was a religious man who lived in Anatolia.He's the Patron Saint of the island of Sicily,of the cities of Naples and Bari,of Frieburg in Germany and is even the Patron Saint of New York in the USA and he is commemorated every year on the 6th of december.
    Today Santa Claus,formed through the combination of 2 figures,a religious and very popular type of man,combining the personalities of Saint Nicholas of MYRA(DEMRE) and the figure of father Christmas.In the legend known in the countries of Scandinavia,who was a benevolent man and protector and happy father of the children.
    The hall of Icons and coins.
    Antalya Museum
    Konyaalti cad.no 1 Antalya

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    Apollo and the Muses

    by marsistanbul Updated May 12, 2008

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    the Muses of Antalya museum

    Apollo and the Muses statues were found during scientific excavation at Perge.The Muses were the inspirational spirits created from the joining of the God Zeus and the Titan Godness Mnomosyne(memory).They are a termed "Musa' in latin and "Mousa" in Ancient Greek.The word Muosa is derived from the rot "Men" in ancient Greek, a root that includes the concept of;brain,idea of creativeness.These spirits were nine sisters and they were subject to the God Apollo.They were god-like singers and they entranced Zeus and other gods with their chorus and their songs and at the same time were also managed "the idea" with all the eloquence,persuasiveness,wisdom,astronomy,history that they commanded.
    They knew all of the incidents and the secrets of past,of the present and of the future life.The poets and musicians of the world derived their inspiration from the god Apollo and from the Muses and the Muses and Apollo grant to them the skills they exhibited.No special legend is known concerning the Muses but they sang and danced at the great wedding parties and festivals of the gods.
    the names of the Muses;Callypo,Clio,Polyhymnia,Euterpe,Terpsihore,Erato,Melpomene,Thalia and Urania..
    The Hall of Grave Cultures.
    Antalya museum
    Konyaalti cad.No:1 Antalya

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    Plancia Magna..

    by marsistanbul Written May 13, 2008

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    Plancia Magna

    She was Perge's greatest benefactress,responsible for its being adorned with monuments and statues.
    As a result of her generosity,the people of Perge,the city council(demos&boule) and senate erected statues o her in various places,on the pedestals of which are inscribed the titles and duties awarded to her.These inscriptions also show her to have been considered as a demigoddness,the title of the city's highest civil servant.She was likewise Artemis Pergaia's priestess,life time priestess,of the mother of the gods,as well as priestess-in chief of the imperial cult.
    The hall of Emperors
    Antalya Museum
    Konyaalti cad.No 1 Antalya

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    A SARCOPHAGUS FOR A DOG

    by marsistanbul Written May 10, 2008

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    the dog stephanos sarcophagus

    This is a dog's sarcophagus made from limestone.Sarcophagi made for dogs are founded very rarely in Anatolia.It was discovered during a surface survey at Termessos in 1998 and was brought to the museum.Here is an ancient Greek inscription of 11 lines forming,a poem with meter of six phrases per line,one narrow face of this tomb.It is understood from the inscription that this tomb was commissioned by a rich and lovely woman called Rhodope for her beloved dog Stephanos.
    (It was) Rhodope(s') happiness
    Those who play with called lovely Stephanos as.
    (this grave) keeps inside the one that death takes suddenly.
    This is the grave of dog Stephanos that went away and vanished.
    Rhodope cried for it and buried it like a human
    I,(the) dog Stephanos,Rhodope caused my,grave be made.
    The hall of Sarcophagi(Antalya Museum)
    Konyaalti cad.no 1 Antalya

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    The Treasure of SION..

    by marsistanbul Written May 11, 2008

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    The treasure was found by accident by a peasant in the antique city of Korydalla by Kumluca in 1963.This treasure consist of church liturgical silver vessels such as;an oil lamp,a cencer,the cover of a Bible,a bordered tray and silver liturgical vessels and covers.
    A part of this rare and eye catching trasure was shamefully stolen and smuggled abroad in the year it was found.This stolen items are still displayed in the Byzantine Research Institute Dumbarton Oaks,Washington,USA.
    This treasury can be dated to the 6th century A.D and it belonged to the Monastry of SION,located in antique Myra(Demre) city.
    The Hall of Icons and coins.
    Antalya Museum
    Konyaalti cad.No 1 Antalya

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    The Statue of Heracles..

    by marsistanbul Written May 12, 2008

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    the lower half of the statue

    During the scientific excavations administered by Prof.Dr.Jale Inan in Perge in 1980's the lower half of the statue of Heracles was discovered.
    In the same year,the upper half of the statue which was illegally taken by smugglers,was found to have been smuggled abroad.As the result of research it was shown that the upper half of the statue was being exhibited in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Arts,and that it was in the possession of the Boston Museum of fine Arts and the collectors Shelby White and Leon Levy in USA.
    Negotions are still being continued by the Turkish side and collectors,to obtain the return of this illegally smuggled upper part of the statue.
    Antalya Museum
    Konyaalti cad.No 1 Antalya

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    ICONS

    by marsistanbul Updated May 10, 2008

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    Icons are paintings made in order to teach religion to the people and also to carry out acts of worship in the ritual of the Orthodox Christian religion.By day and night Christians worshipped with candles lit in front of these icons depicting Jesus and the Virgin Mary and other divine,respected and sainted figures as also scenes from their lives and depictions of incidents reported in the Holly Bible including scenes from Old Testament.But paying homage to an icon is not actually for its material form,as prayers are offered to the subject represented by the depiction,rather than to the depiction itself.
    There are 2 kinds of icons according to their types:
    1-icons in worship,
    2-icons employed for teaching.
    Not only wood was used as the support for icons,but also materials such as;marble,ivory,mosaics,glass have been employed.
    The hall of Icons.
    Antalya Museum
    Konyaalti cad.no 1 Antalya

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    The Suna&Inan KIRAC Kaleici Museum

    by marsistanbul Updated May 9, 2008

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    Kaleici museum is an officially registered protected building and consist of two buildings.One of the buildings has a traditional exterior and is a fine example of late traditional Turkish town houses.Part of the garden area underneath the house has a pebbled mosaic courtyard.This is an indispensable element of Antalya houses.
    Daily life is generally passed in this courtyard or in the vestibule.In the courtyard pebbles are set into the soft lime and in this way patterned areas with a floral or geometrical theme are formed.This is a tradition,which has been carried on for thousands of years.The spaces between the pebbles forming the richly decorated pebble mosaic are kept damp,providing daylong coolness.
    After knocking down the extensions that had been erected over many years,the three rooms leading to the vestibule on the upper floor were later decorated with painted wall ornamentations and traditionally carved and painted wooden ceilings which were inspired by the example of the Tekelioglu Konagi which is regarded as the most important civil architectural example of the buildings of Kaleici.These three rooms are arranged as an ethnographical museum where life in Kaleici in the second half of the century is displayd to special effect.
    The second building is an Orthodox church which was built in the name of Agios Georgios.
    The museum is open every day between 9.oo-12.oo am 14.oo-19.oo pm during june-september and for the rest of year between 9.oo-12.oo am 13.oo-18.oo pm. except wednesday.
    address;barbaros mah.Kocatepe sok.no;25 Kaleici/antalya
    The Suna&Inan Kirac Mediterranean Research Institute Library is open every day 9.oo-12.oo am 13.oo-18.oo pm

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    the Sculptures of the Roman Period

    by marsistanbul Written May 13, 2008

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    Art in the Roman Empire,and particularly sculpture was considered the main method of recording and demonstrating political power.The emperor ordered sculptures of himself to demonsrate to his subjects both his power and his splendor.The emperor was depicted as an ordinary person,not withstanding his fine apparel.In addition to the these sculptures,emperors ordewred monumental reliefs depicting their military triumphs or various battlefield.
    Roman sculpture is characterized by the type of garment worn,in addition to the accurate and neutral facial depiction.Romans wore the "toga" which was very thick and full of fold and concealed the shape of the limbs and the body contours.
    The hall of Gods
    Antalya Museum
    Konyaalti cad.No 1 Antalya

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    TAHTALI MOUNTAIN(2365m)

    by marsistanbul Updated Apr 21, 2008

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    A whole new destination is being added to one of the most attractive tourist destination in Antalya.The cable car rides to the peak of the mount TAHTALI at 2365m brings together two classic holiday spots of sea and mountain.The cable car is a real innovation,created to provide an unique experiance,it is approached by private road running 7,5km the stunning pine forest of the nature conservations area.The cable car rides notable experience.(using Swiss engineering and safety standarts)
    summit station at 2365 m high
    lower station at 726 m.
    duration of the travel to the top:approx 15 minutes
    working hours:9.ooam-19.oo pm

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    Lekythos and Alabastrons

    by marsistanbul Written May 13, 2008

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    Lekythos;This is single handled,narrow neckled perfume and oil container.A new area of use was determined for the Lekythos in Attica in the mid 5th century B.C.
    It was laid inside the graves of the deceased.Especially white grounded rekythos were produced in large numbers between 440-430 B.C.

    Alabastron;This is a narrow necked long,globe shaped ot conic bottomed small scent bottle with no handles,which women used at home or at the palaestra in antiquity.

    The hall of small works.
    Antalya Museum
    Konyaalti cad.no 1 Antalya

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    Termessus! the only city Alexander never captured

    by budapest8 Written Nov 24, 2005

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    dead end door


    Alexander did not, however, take the city. Alexander's purpose in the region was at an end; the isolated mountain strongpoint was of no use to the Persian navy, nor were its warlike people likely to chose a side other than their own. To go east and face Darius Alexander had to turn north, and time was critical. His decision was helped by the arrival of a friendly delegation from Selge, the sworn enemies of the Termessians. With garrisons in Pamphylia and new friends in Selge, Alexander could safely resume his course. At Sagalassus his army clashed with locals?also Pisidians?and came out victorious.

    Alexander's "failure" to take Termessus has achieved something like mythic status among modern-day guides and guidebooks. The story also generally includes the idea that Termessus was the only city Alexander never captured. This statement is manifestly false?not a page before Arrian describes Alexander as "unable to take" (?dun?th? labein) Syllium, another inland fort, without siege equipment

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