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Antalya is a city on the Mediterranean coast of south western Turkey; With a population 1,600,318 as of 2019. It is the
eighth most populous city in Turkey and country's biggest international sea resort.
It is uncertain when the site of the current city was first inhabited. Attalos II, king of Pergamon, was believed
to have founded the city around 150 BC, naming it Attalia and selecting it as a naval base for his powerful fleet.
However, excavations in 2008 in the Doğu Garajı district of Antalya have uncovered remains dating to the 3rd century BC,
suggesting that the city was founded earlier than previously supposed. Antalya became part of the Roman Republic in
133 BC when King Attalos III of Pergamon willed his kingdom to Rome at his death. The city grew and prospered during
the Ancient Roman period.
Christianity started to spread in the region after 2nd century. Antalya was visited by Paul of Tarsus, as recorded
in the Acts of the Apostles: "From Perga, Paul and Barnabas went down to Attalia and sailed from there to Antioch
after preaching in Pisidia and Pamphylia" (Acts 14:25-26).
Antalya was a major city in the Byzantine Empire. It was the capital of the Byzantine,
which occupied the southern coasts of Anatolia and the Aegean Islands.
At the time of the accession of John II Comnenus (1118) it was an isolated outpost surrounded by Turkish states,
accessible only by sea.
The city, along with the surrounding region, was conquered by the Seljuk Turks in the early 13th century. Antalya
was the capital of the Turkish state of Teke (1321–1423) until its conquest by the Ottomans.
Düden Waterfalls are a group of waterfalls in the province of Antalya, Turkey. The waterfall, formed by
the Düden River (one of the major rivers in southern Anatolia), is located 12 km north-east of Antalya; which
ends, where the limpid waters of the Lower Düden Falls drop off a rocky cliff directly into the Mediterranean
Sea in a dazzling show.
Olympos is an ancient city which was founded in the Hellenistic period, presumably taking its name from
nearby Mount Olympos (Turkish: Tahtalı Dağı, Timber Mountain), one of over twenty mountains with the name
Olympos in the Classical world.
From these mountains of the Solymi, according to Homer, the God Poseidon looked out to sea and saw Odysseus, sailing
away from Calypso's island, and called up a great storm that wrecked him on the shores of the island of Nausicaa.
It was described by Cicero as an ancient city full of riches and works of art. The city became one of the six
leading cities of the Lycian federation. In the 1st century BC, Olympos was invaded and settled by Cilician pirates.
This ended in 78 BC, when the Roman commander Servilius, accompanied by the young Julius Caesar,
took the city after a victory at sea, and added Olympos to the Roman Empire. The pirate Zenicetes set fire to his
own house and perished. The emperor Hadrian visited the city after which it took the name of Hadrianopolis for
a period, in his honour.
In the Middle Ages, Venetians, Genoese and Rhodians built two fortresses along the coast, but by the 15th century
Olympos had been abandoned. Today the site attracts tourists, not only for the artifacts that can still be found,
but also for its scenic landscapes, supporting wild grapevines, flowering oleander, bay trees, figs and pines.
The Fire of Olympos
Yanartas, proposed as the ancient Mount Chimaera, is the name of a geographical feature near Olympos valley and
national park Olympos in Antalya Province in southwestern Turkey, at a distance of about eighty kilometers to the south-west
from the city of Antalya, near the town of Cirali.
It is characterized by a permanent fire caused by methane emissions and the area is located on a track popular
with hikers and treckers on the ancient Lycian Way.
Called in Turkish Yanartas (flaming rock), the spot consists of some two dozen vents in the ground, grouped
in two patches on the hillside above the Temple of Hephaistos, about 3 km north of the village of Cirali, near
ancient Olympos, in Lycia. The vents emit methane thought to be of metamorphic origin. In ancient times sailors
could navigate by the flames, but today they are more often used to brew tea, the flames being of little use for
Perga was an ancient city in Anatolia and the capital of Pamphylia, now in Antalya province on the
southwestern Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Today it is a large site of ancient
ruins, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) east of Antalya on the coastal plain. Located there, is an acropolis, dating back to
the Bronze Age. During the Hellenistic period, Perge was one of the richest and most beautiful cities in the
ancient world, famous for its temple of Artemis. It also is notable for being the home of the
renowned ancient mathematician Apollonius of Perge, as cited by Strabo.
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HUSEYİN SONMEZAY - Your Tour Guide in Antalya