Today we travelled with my family to the ancient city of Perge. It is one of the first ancient sites or historical cities you can visit just outside of the city of Antalya. It is approximately 15 kms north east and is located on the Antalya-Side highway. And from the city center of Antalya and will take about 20 minutes to drive to the site.
A sign on the main highway will direct you to an additional 2 km drive off the main highway. The first thing you will see on the left hand side of the road is a great theater and stadium. Unfortunately the theater is closed to to excavations on the site. Just after the theater and past the stadium this road it will bring you to the main entrance of the site. Once, after paying your admission fee of 10 YTL you enter through a large Byzantine gate and will see the Hellenistic-Roman gate-towers directly in front.
We spent about roughly about 1.5 hours roaming around the ancient ruins from the bath houses, hamams, colonnaded street, agora and finally ending up at the fountain of nymphaeum. They are continually excavating this area and this was visible by the different colors of the marbles, produced by the rock and sediment layers. Had a super visit at this ancient city which was once the captial of Pamphylia. If you plan to visit Antalya or the surrounding areas do not give this place a miss as it is really worth the trip.
One tip if you are going without a guide or visiting the site on your own think about picking up a small guide book at the entrance. It will explain the different areas of the site and the history as well. It's not a very expensive cost and makes great souvenir of your trip.
Also I found that visiting the site during the month of March very pleasant as the weather was great without being overly hot like the summer months.
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