Antalya is one of the fastest growing cities in Turkey and is set on a cliff above the sea with Roman walls and a quaint harbour. Antalya was founded by the king of Pergamon in 150 B.C. and became part of the Roman Empire when he died. During the Byzantine Empire Antalya became a flourish city, was conquered by the Seljuk Turks and was occupied from the end of the First World War until the Turkish Republic in 1923 by the Italians.
The city has remains of not only Byzantine, Roman, Seljuk and Ottoman architecture, but also Lycian and Hellenistic as well. Hadrian’s Gate is one of the best preserved site in Turkey and the Ottoman citadel area is the best part of town with its narrow alleys and archways. With the museums, mosques, ruins and great selection of restaurants and bars, Antalya is a vibrant city.
The ancient sites of Aspendos, Perge, Phaselis, Manavgat, Side and Termessos are all within a distance of 50 kilometres from Antalya, an easy day trip away.
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