I would rather travel by train than by bus, so when I had to return to Istanbul from Isparta I went on the Pamukkale Ekspresi. My previous experience with the Istanbul - Ankara train was great, so I bought my ticket without hesitation. The couchettes were fairly comfortable & I settled in. What ensued was a journey that is funny now, but was fairly...more
This is a pide salonu that we all went for lunch on our round of the city center. It must have been one of the best, the pide there was exceptionally tasty. Unfortunately, I did not take the address but it is right next to the city center This restaurant only served these pies called pide which are very similar to pizzas but with ingredients like...more
WINTER SPORTSISPARTA - DavrazThe Davraz Ski Centre is in the Western Mediterranean, 26km from the centre of Isparta. Davraz moutains, with an altitude of 2637m), is part of the range between Egirdir and Kovada Lakes, which surround the Isparta Valley in the area known as the Lake District. The ski centre has a terrestrial climate and the season...more
Dating to the 4th Century, this basilica was not only one of the earliest churches in Anatolia, it is also one of the largest. An altar dating to the 6th Century has been identified with the inscription of “St Paul” and is thought to have come out of this church. Mosaic inscriptions mention Optimus who was bishop here in Antioch from 375 until 381....more
North of the Augusteum is another large square that had a large nymphaeum dating to the early 1st Century at the north end. Water was brought to a reservoir here from a mountain source some 11 km away via an aqueduct system – you can still see parts of the aqueduct in the distance beyond. The anheight of the nymphaeum was figured to be at least 9...more
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