Temple of Apollo

Temple of Apollo, Side

Temple of Apollo
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
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Sylwia K
12 contributions
Family
Stunning location and the site itself, beautiful view of the sea and surrounding old city is gorgeous. Fresh coconut and squeezed on demand orange juice just adding to the experience. Lots of shops and restaurants around. After exploring old side, temple and harbour you can use a little tourist road train taking you back to the bus station for pennies
Written August 3, 2022
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Acorky112
Shropshire, UK7 contributions
This place is just magnificent, visited here at sunset and during the day, and its a splendid (and free) site. Highly recommend looking round old town Side, some of the restoration work is amazing including glass protection over the old ruins. Highly recommend seeing this and all the landmarks in and around Side. My teenage daughters and 6 year old son were in awe! (As were we!)
Written September 7, 2020
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John B
Northampton, UK49 contributions
We arrived by taxi from Evrenski €10 and walked down into Side past the amphitheater and other historical sights. Beware when individuals suggest they can show you a better spot to take photographs, we had this and were lead around for 10 mins so naturally gave the guy a tip of about £3 but no he wanted and demanded £5 from each of us. I said that’s it or nothing he grunted and took the money but it was very unpleasant. Would not put me off but be aware for future. Side town and the historical areas are well worth the visit.
Written March 30, 2022
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Tracy
Bournemouth, UK21 contributions
The old part of Side is just that, there are Roman avenues, an amphitheatre, remnants of villas, shops temples and more. The bus terminates at the top of this site where there are some toilets, these are clean and cost 3 lr or 50 cent euro. There is also a museum (18 lr) which is well worth a visit. The ruins are all accessible on foot, however, the terrain is uneven. There are boards up every so often explaining what you're looking at. While walking about don't get fooled by someone saying they are an archaeological guide, they are con men who after a while demand money from you (200) lr just for telling you what it says on the boards. Don't be put off visiting because of this just ignore them, as it truly is a wonderful place to visit.
Written February 8, 2020
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SarpedonfromLycia
Ankara, Turkey359 contributions
Apollon, son of Leto and brother of Artemis was prime god of Lykia. He was Lykegenes. It means that he is a Lykian/Lykia born, probably born in a date palm garden in Patara (Lykian Pttara). So that he was respected in southwest Anatolia like the other Anatolian originated god Artemis (formerly Kybele). This one is the most famous Apollon temple on Earth. It's located next to the antique harbour. If you can visit just on time, you can see this ruins with an impressive sunset view.
Written November 26, 2021
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MARZ
10 contributions
A good overall experience when combined with the other nearby ruins, walk along the coastline etc.
But be warned, it's not on the same scale as Perge or Aspendos (much much smaller).

To make the most of it, I recommend walking from the car park to the temple/coastline rather than taking the shuttlebus. If you take the bus, you'll miss the ruins and amphitheatre along the way.
Written January 6, 2022
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jollygirl2014
Leeds, UK77 contributions
What a lovely surprise this was, within 15 minutes walking from our hotel, too. I could not believe that on the doorstep of where we stayed was this lovely monument and all of the associated ruins nearby, which were quite the spectacle. A real treat!! Just be aware that there are people around who will give you a guided tour for a fee, but without you knowing this in advance!
Written October 8, 2020
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Susan H
7 contributions
Located in the port of Side, the center of Side's tourist area, it is a historical building that has become a symbol of the city. When you come to Turkey, you should definitely take the time to see it.
Surrounded by the sea, the structure is perfect for taking pictures day and night.
Written January 27, 2022
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Jelena M
United Kingdom3 contributions
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Didim is a small town, popular seaside holiday resort, and district of Aydın Province on the Aegean coast of western Turkey, from the provincial capital city of Aydın. Didim is the site of the antique city of Didyma with its ruined Temple of Apollo. Etymology Didim takes its name from ancient Didyma, situated close to the modern town. During the Ottoman Empire era, the town was known as Yoranda or Yoran, and under the modern Republic of Turkey, it was originally named Hisar ("Castle").
Written May 26, 2022
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Djordje M
Belgrade, Serbia840 contributions
Family
I am always excited when I visit Turkiye, because of great monuments, art and historical places. Sometimes, I get angry, because I think that they can do better with preservation and restauration. Side is great town, with fascinating history. If they continue with work (there is a lot of banners says it's in process) then it's going to be really astonishing place.
Apollo church right know is few pillars on great place for photos. It's just shadow from potential that hides, and that actually can be.
Written June 28, 2022
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