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The next morning we visited Aspendos, which was founded by the Hittites, conquered by the Persians, then Alexander the Great and later by the Romans. Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius ordered its great theater to be built around 170 AD.
Aspendos may have the best preserved Roman Theater in the world with seating for 15,000. It is still used today for special theatrical productions.
Nearby is an impressive aqueduct system and less impressive remains of an agora, basilica and stadium.
Next we visited Perge, which was originally settled by the Hittites around 1500 BC, then by the Greeks and later by the Romans. The apostle Paul and his companions visited Perge on his first missionary journey in AD 46. The Perge stadium seated over 12,000 spectators for athletic and gladiatorial shows.
The shopkeepers sold goods in their vaulted shops beneath under the stadium walls.
Within the ancient city of Perge are beautiful ruins of waterways, agora and baths.
The city gate is flanked by two lofty towers, a long colonnaded road once paved with mosaics and lined with shops, a large agora, the public baths and a gymnasium.
The round gate towers were built by the Greeks prior to the rise of the Roman Empire.
Just like modern times, the ancient Romans carved graffiti on their marble columns.
Kurşunlu Waterfall, Turkey
The nearby Kurşunlu Waterfall is on one of the tributaries of the Aksu River in the midst of a pine forest.
Pomegranates were ripe in the surrounding groves.
Nearby was the ancient city of Side. It was an ancient harbor whose name “Side” meant pomegranate, the fruit symbolizing abundance and fertility. Today it has become a resort town, with its ancient ruins and two sandy beaches surrounded by numerous shops and extensive tourist accommodations. Alexander the Great conquered Side in the first year of the great campaign on Asia in 334 B.C. and it was introduced to Hellenistic culture.
To see more pictures of our Turkey Travels, click on one of the links below:
Arrival in Istanbul, Travel to Bursa and Uludag
Istanbul Mosques and Cathedrals
Istanbul Palaces and Historic Sites
Streets of Istanbul
Aspendos, Perge and Side
Antalya and Konya
Cappadocia – Day 1 Morning
Cappadocia – Day 1 Afternoon
Cappadocia – Day 2 Morning
Cappadocia – Day 2 Afternoon
Final Day in Istanbul