Perge Ancient City

Perge Ancient City, Antalya

Perge Ancient City
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
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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70'sThrowback
Boston Spa, UK341 contributions
Firstly if you plan to come here, go by taxi don't pay for an organised tour. The price of an entry ticket is only about £5 sterling, so a great price for an ancient city.

The ruins themselves are expansive with lots of signs telling you what each building is so plently of time to walk around and take in the atmosphere. When we were there, only another 5 people were in attendance whom we basically didn't see the whole time. Some parts of the site are a decent trek, so make sure you bring plenty of water as it gets hot.

Best of all there is a superb ampitheatre across the road which is included in the price of the entry and would be worth the price of the ticket alone.
Written July 19, 2022
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suzanneslo2017
San Luis Obispo County, CA24 contributions
Family
This is the place where apostle Paul preached as stated in the Bible, Act 14:25. We took the bus number AF04A, about 55 minutes ride from Antalya near our apartment hotel to Aksu directly. By the way, the bus schedule as stated by Google map was incorrect. Moovit app.com had a more accurate time. Took the bus to Aksu, the bus terminal. Please note that the bus driver was not allowed to receive cash. Passenger needs to have a bus card. From the bus terminal, just walk down the downhill street and follow the google map direction. It took us about 30 minutes easy walk to the entrance. 60 Tl entrance fee. Don’t throw away your ticket after getting out of the main park, you need it for entrance to the amphitheater outside the park across the street. This is a very big archeological site well worth visiting.
Written February 22, 2022
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GurTra
Zaragoza, España226 contributions
Lovely site that was very pleasant to visit.

We took the tram from Dogu Garaj to Aksu. It took us about 20 minutes plus another 20 minutes walk to the small amphitheater. You can purchase the tickets there and near the main site.

We spent roughly 2 hours because sun was unforgiving around 3 PM. If we had gone in the morning, we would have spent more time instead of rushing. The site was awesome with a vast area to walk. All the sculptures pertaining to this place are contained within the Antalya Museum.

I recommend walking up to the vantage point (5 minutes walk) going north to see the entire place.
If I had to decide between this and Termessos, I'd prefer the Termessos experience although they can't be compared. I know some visitors face this dilemma because of lack of time.

The current ticket price is 100TL.
Written July 24, 2022
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Andrew
Kathmandu, Nepal63 contributions
Couples
My very first ancient ruin, so I am very impressed! We used the train to get to Aksu, then strolled along the road to Perge, very easy. Train - we were not sure (and am still not sure) if the local tram/bus card works for trains - the train ticket machine was broken but a helpful security guy showed us to use our credit card for entry, very easy.
We arrived about 10am, and thought the place was quiet but by 1pm it was nearly empty which was fun. Try walking to top of the hill (north) for a great view over the whole area.
And yes the arena was open, so keep your original entry ticket in your pocket.
Written May 11, 2022
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Tristan C
21 contributions
Couples
Having stayed in the Antalya area for a week and visited several sites, I left Perge with the location with the full package, theatre, stadium and something the others tend not to have streets full of columns. You get more of a sense of how it used to be. At the far end, it’s worth going up the hill to the view point and looking back. Also don’t forget to pop across the road by the car park to the theatre. If you are only going to do one ancient city in the area, visit here.
Written May 15, 2022
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Bahadir S.
Canakkale, Turkey591 contributions
It is a huge ancient city rooted in the Bronze Age, where you can see magnificent ruins in Aksu district of Antalya. Perge is the city where Apollonious was born, Greek Mathematician Apollonious, and is considered as one of the most beautiful cities of the Hellenistic Period and was the capital of Pamphylia Region.
The amphitheater is out of the city where the museum can be entered with a museum pass card, and the entrance is separate. The most remarkable points in the ancient city of Perge are the amphitheater, stadium, big street with columns and The Nympahion of Kestros. Although most of the city is still under the ground, it takes hours to travel. I do not recommend traveling in hot summer times because you may not find a place to stay in the shade except for the trees at the entrance. Every point of Perge Ancient City, where my visit lasted long after Ephesus, was beautiful. I strongly recommend you to visit here.
Written March 22, 2020
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lifenadventure
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,783 contributions
Couples
This place is nice but honestly not amazing and not worth the trip of you are busy and have other things to do. We got our own taxi from Antalya old city, the guy waited for us. Whole thing was 400
Lira. We were offered tours that was 8 hours long and mega money, do
Not get a tour. Look it’s historical but not well kept and looks taty and messy. Not a highlight for sure.
Written March 30, 2022
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK5,706 contributions
A large car park and modern entrance building with a cafe and toilets suggests a popular site but no one there on the day we visited.
A large site so it can involve a bit of walking appreciate. The stadium which stands only a few levels high is near the entrance and although quite low it is enough to create the vision of the past. There are so many pillars here, of the baths, the main city boulevard and other buildings and while no single structure is striking, the overall impression of a city is created. there are a number of descriptive signs around the site to provide information although pre-reading or a guide would be helpful.
Across a small road with a different entrance but included in the same ticket is the theatre. From the outside it doesn't look so impressive but when inside it is spectacular. Rows upon rows of the semi circular theatre steeply built into the hillside look down on the stage creating a fantastic panoramic scene. This may provide the highlight but with the rest of the site it makes for an interesting visit.
Written October 14, 2020
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Skygrazer
London126 contributions
One of the most unexpectedly astonishing ruins I've ever visited and probably the number 1 or 2 reason for visiting this region and Aspendos Amphitheatre being the other reason. The place would have been wonderful to see in reality. The town planning at this time was about aesthetics with water features running along the main streets would have been wonderful to behold. The stadium, theatre, water feature along the main street, town houses with back gardens. Hard to believe this was a city established 12th to 13th centuries BC! Do set aside 2 hours to really immerse yourself in the place.
Definitely ensure you visit the Antalya Museum (either before or afterwards) and do set aside a minimum of 4 hours if you are taking the tram from the main square as you will need 3 hours in the museum and gardens to investigate the astonishing artefacts from this wonderful time capsule.
Written October 18, 2020
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Damjan
Ljubljana, Slovenia38 contributions
Solo

I have visited Perge and the nearby aquaduct. I was impressed what realy is here since you can learn or refresh your knowledge about Roman history in nowadays Turkey. The signs are clear and give you a lot of usefull facts written in Turkish and English.
The museum shop is nice, not too expensive. The only thing not so good is WC.
It might be good to cover the entire park with wifi, so you can get some information by QR codes as well.

Recomended for sure if you are in the area.
Written October 29, 2021
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