Antalya hosted dozens of civilizations throughout history, carries and preserves the traces of these civilizations and presents these traces to its visitors in a perfect geography. Antalya has dozens of heritages to see!
The most important port city of Pamphylia in ancient times became a settlement in the seventh century BCE. Continued its existence under the rule of Alexander the Great for a while, however, the city changed hands between the Hellenistic Period kingdoms after the death of Alexander. The city was later ruled under the Kingdom of Pergamum, Rome and the Eastern Roman Empire.
Patara Ancient City is one of the most important and oldest cities of Lycia. It is one of great importance not only for its archaeological and historical values, but also for being one of the rare beaches where the Mediterranean turtles Caretta-Carettas have laid their eggs for millions of years.The name of the city is even mentioned in the Hittite texts of the 13th century BCE. The city, which continued its importance in the Byzantine Period, became an important center for Christians. Saint Nicholaos, known as Santa Claus is from Patara.
The Ancient City of Myra is especially famous for the Lycian Period rock tombs, the Roman Period theater and the Byzantine Period Saint Nicholas Church (Santa Claus). Myra, the capital of the Lycian state in the fifth century AD was the city where St Paul and his friends stopped. The former city has a special place in the Christian world.
Located about 45 km east of Antalya city center, Aspendos is famous for having the best-preserved Roman Period theater not only of Anatolia but of the whole Mediterranean world. Aspendos Theater is one of the most distinguished representatives of Roman Age theaters today, with its architectural features and well-preserved. Dedicated to the gods and emperors of the time. The is a building which exhibits the last lines of Roman theater architecture and construction technique.