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The Turquoise Coast Sights

Termessos

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Updated 11/21/2013

Fodor's Review

The attractions in Termessos start right by the parking area, with a monumental gate, part of an ancient temple dedicated to Hadrian. The steepness of the path that leads up to the craggy remains of the city walls soon makes it clear just why Alexander the Great declined to attack. Next, on your left, are a gymnasium, a colonnaded street, a bath complex built of dark gray stone blocks, and then, up and around, a 5,000-seat theater perched

at the edge of a sheer cliff, which has one of the most spectacular settings in Turkey. From this staggering height you can see the sea, the Pamphylian plain, Mt. Solymus, and the occasional mountain goat or ibex. Farther around is the well-preserved bouleterion, where the city council met, surrounded by several temples, the very overgrown market, and some huge underground cisterns. Termessos has one more wonder: several vast necropolises, with nearly 1,000 tombs scattered willy-nilly on a rocky hill. A signposted alternate route back to the parking lot takes you past several rock-cut tombs; another large collection of tombs can be accessed via a path from the ticket office.

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Sight Details:

  • 5 TL
  • Daily 8:30–7

Updated 11/21/2013

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Aug 11, 2004

Rapturous but ruined

It's a stiff walk uphill from the car park. Bring water - there are no surviving street vendors. The city is in ruins, overgrown in places, but breathtakingly beautiful. You can see where they stored underground water at the Agora (marketplace). The Theatre is spectacularly placed on top of a mountain.

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