Antalya, a city in the southern part of Turkey, is emerging as the sought after tourist destination, with foreign tourists surging from all around the world.
Turkey has hosted 27 million foreign visitors in total from January to August this year. Meanwhile the total number of foreigners visited Antalya alone is 11.4 million, constituting 42.2 per cent of the total tourist arrival in the country during the period and it is 28 per cent more than that of last year.
Tourists prefer Antalya for its sunny beaches to enjoy the vacations. However, Turkish tourism organizations try to diversify the city’s tourism products to attract more visitors.
Atnalya is a birthplace of many civilizations, including the Anatolian Seljuks, Roman and Ottoman empires hence a ideal spot for for cultural tourism lovers!
Aspendos was an ancient Greco-Roman city founded around 1000 B.C. It was located about 25 miles from the modern city of Antalya, and it’s known for having one of the best preserved theaters from antiquity. Despite being built in 155, the theater is still in great shape and has remained mostly intact. A small portion of the theater was built leaning into a hill where the Acropolis stood, and the rest of it was built on vaulted arches. A sloping wooden ceiling that was over the stage area has been lost over time. Dozens of post holes are on the upper level, which at one time supported an awning to protect the audience from the sun.
Temple of Apollo
The ancient city of Side in present-day Turkey was most likely settled in the 7th century B.C. by Greeks. Today it is a popular resort town due to its location on the sea. Aside from the beach activities, visitors can explore ancient history through the many Greek and Roman ruins located in the area. One interesting historical site is the Temple of Apollo. It is located outside of Antalya and not too far from the modern town of Side.
The Temple of Apollo was built near the ancient harbor, which is is about 15 miles from the sea today. The temple has six Corinthian columns on its front and back, and 11 Corinthian columns on each side. Each column is about 29 feet tall. It was built in the 2nd century A.D. in honor of the god Apollo, who was the god of light and truth.