The Turquoise Coast Sights

Termessos

  • Bayatbademleri Köyü, Korkuteli Map It
  • Antalya
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

Over 1,000 feet above sea level, this compelling site is nestled inside the Mount Güllük-Termessos National Park, where golden eagles and fallow deer can sometimes be spotted. The attractions in Termessos start right by the parking area, with a monumental gate that's part of an ancient temple dedicated to the Emperor 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), the very overgrown agora (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.

Sight Information

Address:

Inside the Güllük Dağı-Termessos Milli Parkı, Bayatbademleri Köyü, Korkuteli, Antalya, Antalya, 07800, Turkey

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Sight Details:

  • 5 TL
  • Daily 8–5

Published 07/06/2016

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