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Hadrian's Gate

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Three Gates of Antalya

Hadrian's Gate (Three Gates) was built as the main gate of Antalya during the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian (117-138 BC). The gate today stands in its old glory, is one of the best preserved historic structures in Antalya.

Hadrian's Gate

Hadrian's Gate is a famous tourist landmark, located in Kaleici, Antalya. It stands out between two towers of the city walls.

Hadrian's Gate, commonly known as Three Gates, is one of the most beautiful ancient works of art in Antalya. The gate was built in honour of Roman Emperor Hadrian. With its breathtaking decorations which connects the city to the outer world, this antique gate has rich reliefs as glamorous as the ones in Rome.

The gate is different from the other ones in Anatolia, because of its amazing bass reliefs and column heads decorated with flowers. These reliefs fascinate the visitors even today.

Architectural Features

Three Gates: There are three round arched openings for entry in the two storey structure. It is made of white marble except for the columns, and decorated with reliefs and engravings.

Two Towers: Two towers stand on either side of the gate. The southern Julia Sancta Tower was built of plain, block stones during the reign of Hadrian. The lower portions of the Northern Tower date to antiquity while the upper portion was constructed during the Seljuk Period.

Ancient and Modern: With the modern city on one side and the old city of Antalya on the other, stunning Hadrian's Gate fortified with its towers is literally a window into the city's past.

Standing before this gate, a symbol of harmony and the intermixing of artifacts from the civilizations which are existed one after the other through the ages, you can stare around and imagine yourself on a journey back in time.

Hadrian's Gate, Turkey

Hadrian's Gate, Kaleici, Antalya