In Side are two temples. These temples were built in the second half of the second century A.D. Because Side's patron goddess was Athena, it is highly probable that one of the temples was dedicated to Athena, who in consequence, would have been featured extremely prominently as a protectress of the harbour and of sailors. As for the other temple, it must have been dedicated to Apollo.
The Temple of Apollo is one of the major Roman ruins in Side. The temple was built in the 2nd century, and was one of the two main temples of the Roman port city. Only a handful of columns are still standing, but they are enough to give you a sense of how large the temple was in its day. The temple ruins are right next to the water and are open to the public for free.
Originally this temple was the largest in Side and was built as two identical looking temples. The origin can be dated back to 2 AD and are designed in Corinthian style, sadly that these imposing structures were destroyed over the centuries.
What's left of this Roman Temple of Apollo is in the main town of Side (pronounced see-deh).
There are only five and a half colums left standing, which is amazing in itself considering the length of time they have been stood and the weather conditions as the Temple site is directly on the coast.
I found the site fasinating (especially as I didn't know the Romans had settled in Turkey - they got everywhere!!). There are also a lot more colums and parts of the structure that have fallen down and broken. These have all been lined up around the site for us all to look at and marvel over. There are weathered carvings and many colums. The site is beautiful and has beautiful surroundings.
There are one or two information boards that give information in four/five languages; English being one of them.
There are also the remains of a basilica on the same site.
Whilst exploring the Temple of Apollo, you will see very close to the Temple the remains of a Basilica. You can see domes built of brick and an expanse of space that is surrounded by walls that are varying heights as they have fallen with the weather and age.
There is a sign giving a little information about the Basilica which is written in four or five different languages. You are able to walk around but some of the ground is not level - wear sensible shoes!
At the tip of the peninsula these ruins are free of charge and are stunning as the site sits right up against the water.
A lone Roman statue has been unearthed by archaeologists and one can imagine the craftsman ship that led to the creation of such a remarkable piece of art.