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"Termessos" Hadrian's Gate Tip by piglet44

Hadrian's Gate, Antalya: 23 reviews and 40 photos

  on the climb up
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  • on the climb up - Antalya
      on the climb up
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  • the ruins at the top - Antalya
      the ruins at the top
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  • the wall tombs - Antalya
      the wall tombs
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  • the tombs - Antalya
      the tombs
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We drove from Antalya East and followed the signs to the ancient site of Termessos. It is a climb up but well worth it to see the beautiful view and explore the fascinating ruins from the top of the mountain.It is a Psidian city built at a height of 1050 meters in the Taurus Mountains. Termessos constitutes an unusual synthesis of a large number of rare plants and animal species, which are under protection in the Termessos National Park.
The inhabitants of Termessos were known as the Solyms but unlike those of other cities of the time they did not come from the sea and were entirely of Anatolian origin. What is known of their history commences principally at the time that Alexander the Great surrounded the city in 333 B.C., which he likened to an eagle's nest and failed to conquer. Termessos, after a gradual decline, was finally abandoned in the 5th century A.D. Some of the remains found there are the walls, the Hadrian's triumphal arch, the cisterns, the theater, the gymnasium, the agora, the odeon and the heroon. Among the tombs which are scattered far and wide can be seen those of Alcates, Agatemeros and the Lion decorated sarcophagi, which are extraordinary.

Address: Barbaros, 07100 Antalya, Turkey
Directions: When turning off the Antalya-Burdur highway (11 km.) in the direction of Korkuteli, the Termessos signpost will be seen 14 km. further on, and Termessos itself is a further 9 km.

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  • Updated Mar 31, 2007
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