16 Historical Attractions Worth Visiting in Antalya

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Antalya Old Town

Kaleiçi
Kaleiçi 

Antalya is considered as the capital of Mediterranean. It offers plenty of tour options and traces from Lykia, Pamphylia and Pisidia, which are the three ancient culture regions of the city. On the other hand, Kaleiçi is considered as the historical center of Antalya. It is an archeological and urban protected area. A large part of Kaleiçi was internally and externally surrounded with ramparts since ancient terms. Aligned alongside narrow streets, houses reflect both architecture and culture of the city.

Marina

Antalya Marina
Antalya Marina

Located in Antalya Gulf, this small marina was one of the important doors of Anatolia to Mediterranean since ancient times. Today, the marine hosts fishers and local tour vessels. It is also the entertainment center of the city.

Grooved Minaret

Grooved Minaret Mosque
Grooved Minaret Mosque

Being the symbol of Antalya, Grooved Minaret was built at the term of Anatolia Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubat (1219-1236). It was made from cut stone, while its body was made from turquoise porcelain. The minaret is reached with 90 stairs. Yet, visitors are not allowed to climb the minaret.

Grooved Minaret Mosque And Its Supplementary Building Complex

Located on the west of Grooved Minaret, the building is considered as the most beautiful examples of multi-dome mosque type. Zincirkıran Tomb and Nigar Hatun Tomb is located on the north of the Grooved Mosque. While the lodge which was used by Mevlevi dervishes is today used as fine arts gallery.

Port Mosque

Port Mosque
Port Mosque

Built in 12th -13th centuries, Port Mosque ornaments the Marina just like a doodah.

Cut Minaret Mosque

Cut Minaret Mosque
Cut Minaret Mosque

Cut Minaret is one of the buildings which glamourizes Antalya photographs. Wooden part of Mosque minaret was demolished because of a fire in 19th century. Since then, it is called as ‘Cut Minaret’.

Hadrianus Gate

Hadrianus Gate
Hadrianus Gate

Being one of the strongest emperors of Roma Empire, Hadrianus visited Atttaleia during his small Asia tour. Hadrianus gate was built in his honor. Located in Üç Kapılar site, the structure allows access to the castle from city ramparts.

Clock Tower

Clock Tower
Clock Tower

It was built in memory of 25th anniversary of coming to the throne of II. Abdülhamit on the north bastion of demolished external castle of the city. Height of the tower is 14 meters and clock of the tower was given as gift by German Emperor II. Wilhelm.

St. Paul Church and Culture Center

St. Paul Culture Center
St. Paul Culture Center

Serving as a culture center as well, religious ceremonies are conducted in the church on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Hidirlik Tower

Hidirlik Tower
Hidirlik Tower

It is located at a point which views Antalya Gulf from the top. Scene of cliffs are worth-seeing. Round mausoleum of 14 mt. Height dates back to Roma term.

Atatürk House and Museum

 Atatürk House and Museum

Properties of the Turkish Republic’s founder Atatürk are displayed. Money and stamp collection is also available.

Yenikapi Greek Church (Hagios Alypios)

Yenikapi Greek Church
Yenikapi Greek Church

One of the five known Greek Orthodox churches in Kaleiçi. The modest church has a rectangular nave with vault and reflects the general characteristics of Mediterranean architecture. The vaulted ceiling, symbolizing Paradise, is decorated in shades of blue and plaster motifs.

Düden Waterfalls

Düden Waterfalls
Düden Waterfalls

With its small streams it flows over cliffs passing through Antalya and eventually runs into the deep blue of the mediterranean sea. The largest of these falls, Düden Waterfalls extends as far as the sea in Lara and falls from 50m.

Side…Out of the City Center

Side
Side

Side was the most important port of Pamphylia region in the ancient period. Located on the seashore in the end of ancient city, Apollon Temple is the symbol of Antalya with its body comprised of columns arranged in Korinth order. Side is 75 km east far from the city center of Antalya.

Aspendos…Out of the City Center

Aspendos
Aspendos

Being among the symbols of Antalya, Aspendos Theatre is one of the best protected ancient theatres of Anatolia. Built in 2. Century A.D, stage building of the theatre is standing until almost its original height. Spectacular aqueducts, of which ruins are still available today, were bringing water to the city from mountains in the north. Aspendos is 48 km. east far from the city center of Antalya.

Perge…Out of the City Center

Perge
Perge

Located at a distance of 18 kilometers to the city center of Antalya, Perge ancient city is in the district of Aksu. Being an important Pamphylia city for being located on Kilikia-Pisidia trade route, Perge city was one of the most organized Rome cities of Anatolia, which was famous for its architecture and sculpture.

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