Perge Ancient City

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Ancient City of Perge

The magnificent ancient city of Perge is set amidst the beauty of Antalya. It is located 2 km away from the main road of Antalya - Alanya and 15 km from Antalya city centre. Visitors can see some of the excavations continuing on the site.

Perge

Perge, one of the Pamphylian cities and was believed to have been built in the 12th to 13th centuries BC. After coming under the rule of Lydia and Persia, the city surrendered to Alexander the Great in 334 BC. The brightest era of the city was during the reign of the Romans in the 2nd to 3rd centuries AD.

Ancient Perge is famous by the fact that when Saint Paul started his journeys, he visited Perge in 46 AD. and preached his first sermon here. That is why it became an important city for the Christians during Byzantine period.

All the remains of the city can be seen in this area. Social and cultural buildings reflecting the majesty of the Perge Ancient City are the necropolis, theatre, city walls, stadium, gymnasium, Roman baths, rectangular planned agora, high towers, monumental fountains, column lined streets, Greek and Roman gates.

Being part of Pamphylia, the ancient city of Perge says the rise and fall of many civilisations, with their remains surviving to today.

Archaeological Site

Basilica and Baths: The first entrance to the city is the Roman gate of the later period. On the right there is a Byzantine basilica. After the basilica comes the agora and on the left there are baths. Among the cities of Pamphylia the largest and most glamorous baths were to be found in Perge.

City Walls: When you continue to walk, there are two walls that run parallel to each other. These walls, which have become the symbol of Perge, are dated to the 3rd century BC. The oldest gate of the city is in these walls as well as two towers, all from the Hellenistic period. After the Hellenistic gate comes a colonnaded street. To the left of the street there is a palaestra located to the north of the acropolis.

Theatre and Stadium: The theatre is away from the historical site is the first view of the city you have on the road when approaching the entrance. Behind the theatre is the impressive and large stadium, which is principal structure of the ancient city of Perge. It is one of the best preserved stadiums of the ancient world and the second largest after the stadium in the ancient city of Aphrodisias.

UNESCO Tentative List

Archaeological Site of Perge, which was included on the UNESCO Tentative List in 2009, is one of the outstanding universal values of Turkey.

  • Official Name: Archaeological Site of Perge
  • Architectural Type: Ancient City
  • Date of Submission: 2009
  • Category: Cultural
  • Reference: 5411
  • Location: Antalya, Turkey
Archaeological Site of Perge, Antalya
Perge Ancient City, Aksu, Antalya