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“Hellenistic/Roman remains of Perge and Aspendos” 5 of 5 stars
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Perge
Aksu, Antalya 07110, Turkey
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Perge, Aspendos and Manavgat Waterfalls Day Tour...
Ranked #5 of 144 things to do in Antalya
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The historical site of Perge, 18 kilometers east of Turkey, holds the vast remains of what was once the most propserous city of the ancient world. Enter by passing through the arch of the Roman Gate to be greeted by an amphitheater, the Hellenistic Gate (quite well preserved) and richly decorated remains of the city wall and much more.
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“Hellenistic/Roman remains of Perge and Aspendos”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

This first class visit was organised by First Choice/Thomson. First stop was Perge, what an unbelievable site, breathtaking to think how advanced the Grecians/Romans were in 300bc!!.
After Perge we travelled to Aspendos to view what is one of the best preserved Amphitheatres in the world truly amazing. The First Choice guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. The excursion was very good value for money. It was very hot so visitors should ensure that they wear light clothing and hats and if possible take an umbrella in the summer months.

Visited June 2013
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“Very interesting antique site”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Perge is situated a little outside of Antalya and is a quite large site with various interesting sites to watch. When we arrived to Perge we passed the theater which unfortunately was closed to the public. We then came to the "city" itself which was large with a lot of interesting ruins. They had quite large public baths and a very long colonaded street. We've never seen so many columns in any site. Out in the distance you can see ruins/places that have not yet been excavated. Finally, there is a very beautiful stadium although you can clearly see which parts didn't survive the earthquake back then. All in all, a very nice place to visit. If you can, go there early in the day.

Visited June 2013
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“Aqua duct and ruins”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Both very interesting and worth the visit. Easy to get to on public transport and a lot cheaper than a tour.

Visited May 2013
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“Perge Roman City”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

For Roman civilisation-phobes a must see place. Lots to view, in fact allow a morning or afternoon to wander around the theatre, stadium etc.

Visited May 2013
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“Hidden Attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Amidst the large hubbub of Antalya and all its other attractions is one that eluded me during my trip planning. The only reason I found it, was seeing a brown tourist attraction road sign called “Perge”, and looking up the name back at my hotel. I am happy to have seen it and glad to rate Perge as a must see attraction for any visit to Antalya. We went first thing in the morning around 9am and beat the crowds where there was one other small tour group in the facility with us. As we were leaving, tour buses were piling in loaded with their large crowds. Perge boasts a theater that is in pretty good condition. It’s closed to tourists right now, but we did not realize that when we visited and saw the gate left open by some restorers and managed to get inside and snapped a few pics before we were shuffled off. Inside the theater they are dumping gravel on the floor, and the front wall above the stage is lined with old sarcophagi. Across the street is a coliseum which looks the type like chariot races would take place in! From here is the parking lot which is saturated with local vendors selling their Turkish goodies all at decent prices and subject to bartering. At the far end of the parking lot is a bathroom. But to go further into the ruins you must pay a fee if memory is right it was 10TL. The ruins continue with a Basilica, an Agora, nymphaeums, Roman Door, and what looks to be roman baths amongst many more. This area has the largest amount of erected pillars I’ve seen yet, but it is also due to the restoration process. A large Roman road is lined with pillars that also has a water channel going through the middle and a fountain temple at the end. Behind this fountain on the hillside is a field of overgrown reeds or bamboo, according to the map there are two basilicas hidden within it?! If you look closely enough you’ll find remains to mosaics as well. The place is huge and you could spend some time here exploring, but there is absolutely no shade! There were more areas of ruins but some were currently under excavation and/or restoration therefore blocked off.

Visited May 2013
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