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Perge

Perge

Perge




The ancient city of Perge in eastern Antalya is an archaeological site and major tourist attraction. It was one of the chief cities of Pamphylia located at 18 km east from Antalya in the coastal plain, and lies between the Duden and Aksu rivers. Founded by the Hittites in 1200 B.C. the city was devastated by many pirate attacks. In 334 AD, Perge made an agreement with the Great Alexander, just like Side, so the city was not demolished.

Perge still preserves remains of the Roman Period. Among the historical structures the theater, stadium, city gates, avenues, agora and baths are interesting for tourists. Large, modern holiday complexes extend along the Belek coast, which is at a distance of 40 km from Antalya.

The theatre consists of three main sections: the seating, orchestra and stage. The theater held over 12,000 spectators, with 19 rows of seats on the lower section, 22 on the top section, and a 52 meters stage. The stadium measures 1156 square metres, with 13 rows of seats on top of the vaults. The eastern and western sides have 30 vaults each and the northern side has 10. There are three vaults where one is used as an entrance to the stadium and the other two were used as shops. Excluding the Aphrodisias Stadium in the Aegean Region, Perge has the best preserved Stadium of Turkey.

The Agora of Perge was the commercial and political centre of the city, with many shops surrounding the centre, some with preserved mosaics on the floor. The colonnaded boulevard lies between the Hellenistic Gate and the nympheum on the slopes of the acropolis. On both sides of the street are porticoes, some up to five meters high, behind which are shops. The street is divided into two by a 2 meter wide water canal.


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