Perge Ancient City
Perge Ancient City
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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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  • Alyssa B
    Chino Hills, California32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was okay
    It was beautiful in a sense that you get to see ruins and most of it is well preserved but it wasn’t too life changing. For me the highlight was the theater. But overall I don’t think it was too worth it because it was the same scenery everywhere you went and I think there’s other cities with better views. Although if this is the only place you’ll be visiting then I think it will be a good activity to do.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 26, 2023
  • John M
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A truly great experience!
    We took an all-day tour to Perge, the Aspendos Ancient theatre and a couple other sites this week. Quality time time with our small, diverse group (11) of people and our guide, Mamum was spent in each location. The history of these places and the visible excavations are amazing. Perge, and the Aspendos Ancient theatre are truly “must see” places for any history buff. A very special attribute of this tour was our guide. His extensive knowledge, attention to dialogue with the group, and delightful sense of humor enormously contributed to our experience. In addition, the lunch included with the tour was unexpectedly good! These tour lunches are usually low-budget buffet type arrangements but in this case individual orders were taken and the meals individually prepared. Very good!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 30, 2023
  • Wood77
    Los Angeles, California3,287 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Takes around three hours to see Perge ruins
    Perge history dates back to the time of Alexander the Great. Also Apostle Paul has stopped in this area to preach. The Agora stood the test of time well. The fitted rocks on the cove domes were held up just by their weight. The colonnaded street columns have been refurbished with modern materials. The Roman Bath section has changing room, cold, warm and hot rooms. Some of the rooms have cubicles for wood fires to heat the water. Some rooms you can still see the original mosaic tiles. Written description about the architecture are on mounted placards.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 13, 2023
  • Marvin G
    Ogdensburg, New York1,493 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perge is an ancient Roman city located near Antalya, Turkey
    Ruins at Perge, Turkey contain a huge ampitheatre that held over 12,000 people. These are photos of entrance gate, columns and roof line. Roman arches underpin the ampitheatre and stadium. There are also Roman baths on the site.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 21, 2023
  • Miriam F
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day with family on the bus from Side
    Great site with plenty to see. Fantastic stadium and amphitheatre. Got there on the bus from Side. Very straightforward, Change at Madgvat bus station. Cost 260 ly. Its about 20 min walk from the drop off point. Definitely recommended.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 13, 2024
  • Emma H
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect Perge Archeology
    Wonderful to explore a full ancient city. The Mosaic tiles of Agamemnon were a standout. Incredible to see the bath house. Great hike up to see the whole city. Remarkable if you’re into ancient archeology. The Theatre is one of the best I’ve seen thus far with beautiful detail on the stage space. I recommend visiting the Antalya Museum to see the statues where they had removed them for safe keeping.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 25, 2024
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia1,489 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    City of marble and water
    Perge is 15 km from Antalya so it is an easy trip to make from there. The Hellenistic city walls date from 3rd century BC and have three gates. The South Gate is the largest, having two towers three storeys high, one of which is under maintenance. Originally much of Perge was clad in marble. In some places the marble covering remains and in other places you can see the holes in the blocks where it was attached and has been removed. At Perge I was most impressed with the remains of the Roman baths. The monumental propylon entrance to baths still has the columns standing as are many of the walls inside the baths. The baths contain large rooms serving as the apodyterium, frigidarium, tepidarium and the caldarium. In some places the floors are missing and the underground water channels are revealed. In fact, water played an important part in Perge. There are six nymphaea that supplied water to the city and they fed a water channel that ran in the centre of the colonnaded Main Street with the remains of shops on either side. There is one next to the South Baths that is in good condition. The alcoves used to be adorned by statues which can now be seen in the Antalya Museum. Many of the pillars of the Agora marketplace square are still standing. We saw the stadium and were intrigued with their interesting construction where the seats are supported by half-domes that also provided entrance ways. We had two hours here and ran out of time and didn’t get to the Roman theatre which lies outside the walls near the stadium.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 28, 2024
  • Resort53420798567
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glorious ancient city and home of portrait sculpture
    This is the most astonishing of ancient cities. We visited earlier this month and I am so glad we made the effort and arranged a private trip. Really you need 3 hours to wander round what must have been one of the most gorgeous ancient cities. It’s Main Street, which bears the scars of ancient chariot wheels and the remains of colonnaded walkways on both sides, is over half a mile in length. The ancient shops opened onto the colonnades on one side and the agora on the other, itself still standing. Down the middle a series of connected water troughs sported fountains and statues, while at the far end, beneath the town’s acropolis, the river god slumbers on in the sun on his nymphaeum. The river has long moved course away from the town. The town was famous for its sculptures, many of which can be marvelled at nearby in Antalya’s architectural museum. Unusually, the practice here was to make statues as portrait art. It is the nearest I have ever come to meeting ancient people as they really looked. In Perge ancient town itself, the stadium is its most famous ruin and all you will see if you take an organised tour to it and Aspendos, another ancient city nearby lying there under the sun with its mighty theatre. There are whole bath complexes and pre Greek city gates as well to see in Perge. Our visit there was the highlight of our holiday. Do not miss it! It costs €11 to enter at the moment. You can reach the site by public transport by taking a bus to Aksu or the tram from Antalya to Aksu and then taking a taxi or walking a couple of miles up the road to the site entrance. I recommend saving your feet for the city itself. You will need them, although the terrain here is mainly flat.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2024
  • happykoabug
    Honolulu, Hawaii600 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The stadium is the highlight of this ancient city
    The vast Roman site of Perge is a must see attraction. Originally settled by the Hittites ~1500 BC, this wealthy city was abandoned in the 7th c. Saint Paul visited Perge in 46 AD & preached his 1st sermon here. For me, the highlight of this site is the stadium where chariots races were held. Visit the Museum to see the gorgeous statutes and tile floors from this ancient city.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 30, 2024
  • michael cooper
    Plymouth, United Kingdom253 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trip
    Short walk from the tram station but definitely worth the walk. You can easily spend 2 hours here as the main city has long roads, a stadium and an amphitheatre which just off the main town. Most parts are signposted and have descriptive boards. All is very impressive especially the stadium and amphitheatre that both held up to 12000 people. A must if in Antalya
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 11, 2024
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Martin H
Johannesburg, South Africa102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We had a guided tour through the ancient city. I would not recommend doing it any other way. The city excavations are still in progress but that which is open for tourists is enough to keep you busy for a few hours. The city is a great illustration of the country's and region's cultural diversity. Highly recommended.
Written January 12, 2020
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,890 contributions
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Sep 2020
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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GurTra
Zaragoza, España225 contributions
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Jul 2022
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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Рамиль Х
Moscow, Russia133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Perge is the ruins of a large ancient city that has been well preserved to us. On the ruins of the city, buildings can be traced according to the restored scheme of the city. There are really a lot of interesting objects here. Entrance costs 42 TL.
Written March 8, 2020
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fnevin
Gateshead, UK98 contributions
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Sep 2022 • Couples
Absolutely amazing site to visit definitely worth the trip. We went for about 10am and even at this time it was very hot. I suggest you go later on in the day when sun isn’t as harsh. We spent a little over an hour here. So many interesting ruins to see, so fascinating. We didn’t bother booking a tour and what we overheard was pretty obvious stuff and nothing you couldn’t get from the many signs that were in Turkish and English. You can get the train but we didn’t fancy the 20 minute walk in the heat. You can get a taxi from Antalya that will stay and return you. I think we overpaid for ours at 750 lira as used hotel taxi and say other taxis adverting for 400 so I’d recommend you do that.
Written September 17, 2022
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Skygrazer
London134 contributions
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Oct 2020
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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christineliz810
71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
There is a lot of walking for a outing here and it's worth it. There's so much to see and experience - the signs are helpful (in Turkish, English, and German) to help get an idea of what this city was like. Look out for turtles, cats, and other critters as you go as well. There's very little shade here, so I would recommend not going in the heat of the day.
Written September 28, 2020
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Lawrence V
502 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Really nice site, only 17% excavated and lots to see. It is very hot and little shade, so bring lots of water and a fan! My recommendation for this site is that you get a guide who can explain what you are seeing. This should be the first part of the tour followed by the Antalya Archaeological Museum. This way you can see some of the artifacts that were removed from the site and get a better feel for what it actually looked like.

This was one of the main distribution points of statues to Greece. The mines were in the hills and they would make hundreds of statues. Some of Gods and others headless of men and women. The headless statues would be shipped to Greece etc., and local artisans would complete the head based on the person who ordered the statue. Original mass production marketing.

The main Steets are covered in sand/gravel to protect the mosaics that are under them. There are examples of them at the museum. This is a must do if you are visiting Antalya.
Written September 5, 2022
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Andrew
New Zealand99 contributions
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May 2022 • 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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gingerjudith
Saltburn-by-the-Sea, UK432 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
The city covers a huge area, there seems to be many buildings still to discover.
The columns were incredible, so many of them.
The stadium is also worth seeing, as is the theatre. All the statues from the theatre can be seen in Antalya Museum.
Well worth a visit.
Written January 13, 2020
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