ANTALYA - SEPTEMBER 2008
It is said that the site of the current city of Antalya was first inhabited when Attalos II, King of Pergamon, founded Attalia there, around 150 BC. However, recent excavations have uncovered remains from the 3rd century BC, suggesting that the site was already occupied earlier. King Attalos III of Pergamum willed his kingdom to Rome at his death and the city prospered during the Roman period.
"HADRIAN'S GATE - The three arched triumphal gate was built to honour the Roman Emperor, who visited Antalya in 130 A.D. It is considered the most beautiful Gate in the region (Pamphylia). It seems that the original Gate had two storeys but there is no information on the top one"
"DECORATION - Entirely built of white marble, the Gate has a remarkable ornamentation"
"HALIHAN - Carpets in the old town"
"TOURISTS - Streets from the Ottoman era"
"KESIK MINARE (Broken Minaret) - Originally built as a Roman temple in the 2nd century AD, it was converted into a Byzantine church in honour of Virgin Mary, in the 600s. Heavily damaged in the 700s during the Arab invasions, it was repaired again in the 900s. Converted into a mosque, it saw the addition of the minaret. However, in 1361, it became a church again, only to be reconverted into a mosque some time later. It was finally destroyed in a fire in 1846, but the minaret survived, as the Kesik Minare"
"OLDEST HOUSES in Old Town"
"COCA COLA, CAMEL MARKET"
"MEDITERRA ART HOTEL"
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"CLOCK TOWER - From the Roman times"