Olympos is situated between the holiday resort of Kemer and the village
of Adrasan. We follow a sign leading from Ulupinar to the ruins of Olympos, where we find
not only the ruins of Olympos but volcanic terrain which has formed from constantly fuming
geisers of natural hot gas.
The ruins of the city are set along the banks of a small stream, and although small, it
is a very interesting site, unforgettable in its striking position by the sea, and curious
for its everburning light.
The left bank of the stream is completely covered with undergrowth, and with great
difficulty, one can make out the remains of a wall, and over it a door on certain ruins.
This is all that remains of a temple on that side of the stream. What stands now is
probably the wall separating the pronaos and the cella of the temple. From the inscription
of this temple we understand that it was built during the reign of the Roman emperor
Marcus Aurelius. It had a plan of the in antis type, and was of the ionic order. Beyond
the temple, other buildings still standing date from the Byzantine
period, and on the side facing the sea can be found the remains of a bath. To the south of
the stream, opposite the foot of a bridge crossing it can be seen the ruins of a large
Byzantine basilica, while the remains of the bath stretch down to the shore behind it.
Between the basilica and the theatre of Olympos lies a building in ruins, with columns
in the centre. It is not known what this may have been, although it is possible that it
represents the remains of a gymnasium.