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Seleukeia, Selge, Sillyon

The best-known cities of ancient Pamphylia are Antalya, Side, Aspendos, and Perge, which are easily accessible to all. Will be discussing these cities at length elsewhere and would like here to make mention of a few of the lesser-known, out-of-the-way Pamphylian sites.

If you have the time, a trip to Pamphylia Seleukeia located 23 km from Side in a forest setting is recommended where the ancient city's agora surrounded by galleries in the village of Manavgat-Sihlar are still standing. Beside the agora are the remains of a bouleterion (city hall), heroon, and baths. Sillyon however, located 29 kms off the main road, is in a very poor state of preservation and all that may be seen are a tower and a few remains on the acropolis.

The mountainous region immediately north of Antalya was known as Pisidia in ancient times. Located 20 kms from Antalya on the road to Korkuteli are the ruins of Termessos, a site that you should be sure not to miss. Another Pisidian city is Selge, located 63 kms from Manavgat in the town of Beskonak. The road is rather daunting and takes one over a bridge remaining from Roman times. At Selge are a theater, a stadium, an agora, a necropolis, a stoa, and temples to Zeus and Arternis. On the Antalya-Burdur road are a number of medieval khans (caravanserais) built by the Seljuks to accommodate travelers between the coast and their capital in Konya Susuz built in 1230, as well as Incirli and Kirkgoz. Evdir khan, built in 1214, is on the road to Korkuteli, while on the road to Alanya is Sarapsa khan built in 1236 and Alara khan built in 1231, as well as many others.

Another important Pisidian site is that of Sagalassos, near Aglasun. Here one may see remains from Hellenistic and Roman times. The road leading to it is short but rather tortuous. Here one may see a monumental propylon, a main street, a temple dedicated to Emperor Antoninus, two agoras, a theater, a fountain, and the Valentianus monument. The ruins are very impressive. At Ariassos on the Antalya-Burdur highway however there remains very little to be seen.

Twelve kilometers from Bucak in Burdur are the ruins of Kremna near the village of Camlik Here are the remains of an agora, a theater, a stoa, a colonnaded street decorated with number of monuments numerous temples, and the remains of large buildings. Hacilar in Burdur is a site where excavations have turned up important finds from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods. While there are numerous other cities besides these in Pisidia, it is impossible even to mention them all much less visit them since so many of the sites are extremely remote and unexplored. Let us retrace our steps to the .coast and, after a visit to Alanya, head for the third and last ancient region of the Turkish Mediterranean-Cilicia.


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