Visiting the ancient Roman city of Perge

Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
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Trip End Mar 28, 2011


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Flag of Turkey  , Antalya,
Saturday, March 19, 2011

Day 9 (late afternoon)

Temperature:   20 degrees
Weather:   nice sunny blue sky  
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We were driven to the Roman city of Perge where we visited its exquisite ruins.  This ancient Greek city, which was founded in around 1000 BC, was once one of the richest and most beautiful cities in the world…… famous for its temple of Artemis. 

Today, it lay in ruins but still quite impressive with its great theatre, stadium and gate-towers leading into a street where ancient chariot ruts could still be seen.   Interestingly, excavations began at this site only in 1946 and more is yet to be discovered! 

We followed Daghan down a path where huge columns stood one next to the other one.  "The Colonnaded Street",   our guide called it.  Interestingly, this ancient city of Perge was built in such a way that it had a canal that ran down its center providing water in a continuous flow.  

We walked way up to the end of this colonnaded street where a two-story monumental fountain stood.  It was quite impressive in which a huge statue of a headless woman lying on her side was part of the décor.   This fountain was used as a very large bath by the people and had an underground network of pipes supplying clean water.  Quite genius!

While most of the group turned around and started walking back, that wasn't the case for Michel and me as well as for a few other adventurous ones.  We were here to explore, and that was what we did as we continued further up a hill, way up to the very top of it where an entire view of the ancient city of Perge could be seen.  Reaching the top, I could only imagine how it must have been living here 1000 BC.  Stunning!

Behind us, further excavations sites could be seen!  It was 4:30pm when we left the area heading to our pit stop for the night….heading to Antalya a very short drive away!

Monique   :-)
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