Aglasun Travel Guide

  • Overlooking the dramatic site of Sagalassos
    Overlooking the dramatic site of...
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  • Closer view of the tombs - many more lay buried
    Closer view of the tombs - many more lay...
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  • Rock tombs carved into the base of the cliffs
    Rock tombs carved into the base of the...
    by mtncorg

Aglasun Things to Do

  • LOWER CITY

    Baths, another agora and a colonnaded street all feature in the excavations of the lower city. This area featured more nymphaea – fountains – and with more time than I had could uncover many more secrets leading to life in ancient Sagalassos. The website for Sagalassos covers this area and the rest of the sites of the city in some detail....

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  • ANTONINE NYMPHAEUM

    Dating back to 160-180 AD, this fountain has been magnificently restored and water flow has been reintroduced once again. There is a water basin at the base of the 27 meter wide monument which reaches about 7.8 meters high. It has undergone a nearly complete anastylosis - reconstruction of a ruined building using original elements to the greatest...

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  • UPPER AGORA

    This was the political center of the city and dates back to the 3rd C BC though most of the look today dates from the much later time of Augustus. The agora was the site for the bouleterion – city council – as well as monumental arches devoted to emperors and columns devoted to prominent citizens. The area is overlooked by the Northwest Heroon and...

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  • ROCK TOMBS

    In many ancient towns you would pass through a necropolis before you entered a town. Local topography did not allow that here at Sagalassos. The main necropolis can be found on the south, west and east edges of the city center. Carved into the cliffs behind the Northwest Heroon are several arcosolia. Many rock tombs have yet to be uncovered from...

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  • NORTHWEST HEROON

    Dating back to about 15 BC, this monument was restored and re-erected between 2001 and 2009. A heroon is a monument raised to memorialize a local hero but due to a lack of inscriptions it is not known to whom the monument was built to – though the head of a large statue of whom the heroon was possibly dedicated to was found among the ruins. The...

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  • THEATER

    Built between 180 and 210 AD, the theater is thought to have been able to fit some 9,000 people within. A large column on the hill above the theater to the south west used to honor the citizen responsible for the theater construction. The theater is built according to Greek tradition with the small one-story stage building not connected to the...

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Aglasun Transportation

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    road aglasun to sagalassos

    by cbeaujean Updated Nov 19, 2004

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    first of all,you have to go to aglasun (1150m) :
    60km from isparta thru N685
    120km from antalya thru N650 and N685

    when in aglasun:
    from there (arrows) 7km of a narrow asphalted road climbs to the site.

    site is open daily,from 8am to sunset,april to october.

    no entrance fees (in october 2004)

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Aglasun Local Customs

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    Drunken Dionysius replica in restored nymphaeum 2 more images

    by mtncorg Written May 28, 2012

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    The act of restoring or rebuilding a ruined building or monument using original elements to the greatest degree is called anastylosis. The Library of Celsus at Ephesus, the Treasury at Petra, the buildings of My Son in Viet Nam, The Erechtheion and parts of the Parthenon itself are all but some of the better known examples. Much of the magnificence of the site here at Sagalassos is due to the reconstructions that have been painstakingly done giving the visitor a better feel for what the town must have looked like back in the early centuries of the Common Era.

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    • Architecture
    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

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Aglasun Off The Beaten Path

  • lower agora:religious + administrative...

    an other nymphea (end 1st cent.AC),awfully restorated.when excavations and restoration works will come to an end,sagalassos will become one of the most imposing sites thru anatolia.

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  • the upper nymphea (1st cent.BC)

    on your right,when climbing to the theater.recently restorated.a small marble basin surrounded with columns catch the springwater (restarted by archeologists)

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  • the highest theater all over the...

    9000 persons.the building of the theater (180-200 AC) needed important stoneworks for compensating ground declivity .stage is not excavated yet.stepped row of seats stay nearly undamaged,excepted the upper ones used for building city walls later.from the top,you'll enjoy an amazing view on the city and high mountains.

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