• Antalya, sea, sun and history

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King Attalos II Philadelphus, founded the city of Antalya on the Pamphylian seacoast around 150 B.C. Antalya is where St. Paul set sail from together with Barnabas on his first missionary journey by way of Perge in 46 A.D., and it was an important trading centre in the 2nd century A.D. Today Antalya is an exquisite land of sun, sea, and history.
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Click to zoom the imageThe Antalya Archeological Museum is one of Turkey's largest museums. It includes 14 exhibition halls and an open air gallery and showcases the history of the Mediterranean and Pamphylia regions in Anatolia. The Museum won the “European Council Special Prize” in 1988. The Museum today covers an area of 30.000 square meters and boasts a large garden containing some fine statues and other artifacts.
Click to zoom the imagePerge was founded by Akhas, Mopsos, and Arnphilokhos who came here after the Trojan wars. Perge was first mentioned in 333 BC when Alexander the Great passed through here.  Especially in the first and the second centuries BC, Perge became one of the richest towns in Pamphylia. Therefore it is not a surprising that St. Paul started his campaign in Anatolia from Perge in 46 AD. It is one of the better-preserved archaeological sites in Turkey. 
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Click to zoom the imageAspendos: The eastern land of Antalya was called Pamphylia in ancient times. Aspendos (Belkis) lies 47km east of Antalya in the Pamphylian plain. Aspendos is most renowned for its theatre, the best-preserved ancient theater in Turkey. It was built by Romans and maintained by Byzantines and Seljuks. The ruins of the ancient city are extensive and include a stadium, an agora, and a basilica.
Click to zoom the imageSide used to be one of the most important trade centers in the antiquity. Like the other Pamphylian cities in general, Side was ruled by Lydia in the sixth cent. B. C. and Persia after 547 B. C. The coins minted in here prove that Side had at least an internal independence. Alexander the Great conquered Side in the first year of the great campaign on Asia in 334 B. C. and was introduced to Hellenistic culture.  
Click to zoom the imageThe white, foaming water of the Manavgat Waterfalls flows powerfully over the rocks. Near the waterfalls are shady tea gardens providing a pleasant resting place. The waterfall was depicted on the reverse of the Turkish 5 lira banknotes of 1968-1983.
Click to zoom the imageTermessos is perhaps the most interesting ancient city in Antalya region. In the morning drive up Termessos with its the impressive ruins - including an amphitheater and a gymnasium, perched at an altitude of over 1000 meters up a mountainside. The mountain vistas from here are spectacular. 

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