Theatre of Aspendos

Theatre of Aspendos

The drive to Antalya took us through the Taurus Mountains, introducing us to another interesting landscape. Aspendos, located beside the river Eurymedon, is renowned throughout the world for its magnificent ancient amphitheatre. In fact, it is still being used for seasonal opera performances. During our visit, a small child jumped up and down in the orchestra area. When visitors clapped near the stage, the quality of the acoustics was demonstrated. The theatre was constructed during the reign of Marcus Aurelius (161-180 A.D.) by the architect Zeno, the son of an Aspendian named Theodorus. The theatre probably could seat between 10,000 and 12, 000 spectators. A Roman stadium is located a short walk from the theatre.

Perge Water Canal

Perge Water Canal

Perge was an ancient Greek city in Anatolia and the capital of Pamphylia. There is an acropolis dating back to the Bronze Age. During the Hellenistic period, Perge was one of the richest and most beautiful cities in the ancient world famous for its temple of Artemis although its exact location has yet to be discovered. It also is notable for being the home of the renowned ancient Greek mathematician Apollonius of Perge. During the reign of Constantine, Perge became an important center of Christianity. During our tour we noted an interesting water canal that ran down the middle of the street. The bath used a complicated steam heat system. Partial columns surround the large agora.

Rixos Downtown Antalya

Rixos Downtown Antalya

The drive to Antalya took us over mountains and then followed the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Thousands of greenhouses in various forms lined the valleys. This is an important agricultural area producing beautiful tomatoes, eggplants and all sorts of other vegetables and citrus fruits. Our accommodation in Antalya was the Rixos Downtown. Our room had a view of Konyaaltı Beach on the Mediterranean. The hotel has a well kept spacious garden and large tropical pool. We walked along the cliffs overlooking the water in one direction after dinner and the other direction after breakfast. For good reason Germans and Russians love to visit this region of Turkey.

Phaselis

Phaselis

Phaselis is an ancient Lycian city in the province of Antalya, Turkey. It is located between the Bey Mountains and the forests of Olympos National Park. Later Greeks and Romans took advantage of its location on the Mediterranean. The Greeks constructed the theatre with a picturesque mountain backdrop.

St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas

We stopped for lunch in Myra which is known for its connection with St. Nichols. This is a pilgrimage site for many Russians. In 1863, Tsar Alexander II of Russia purchased a church constructed mainly from the 8th century onward. After lunch we toured the ruins of a Lycian and Roman town whose theatre has been partly excavated. This spot also has Lycian rock-cut tombs carved into the vertical faces of cliffs. Interesting faces carved in stone line the pathway.

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