Sagalassos
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Mike X
Chicago, IL3,619 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
What sets this place apart is there is a functioning fountain. It's a long drive from Antalya so make sure you know this is what you want. This has a theatre like other sites but this one has the mountains as a backdrop (like Termessos). Then go to the burdur museum to see the actual statues from the fountain.
Written October 29, 2020
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Lanni
Gaziantep, Türkiye5,494 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Traveling to Ağlasun where Sagalassos is located by public transport, is close to impossible. Ağlasun itself is a real village where I saw the farmers busy with their daily activity. Only by car then we arrived in Sagalassos. We combined the visit to Sagalassos and Termessos at the same day.

It was worthy journey and at least we spent 4-5 hours to see all the ancient city. We were lucky enough to be given the key to see the library which is near to the theatre.
Our visit begins from beautiful fountain, then theatre which was not restored (yet) but still magnificent, then to enter the library, then necropolis, the city center, agora, market, etc. The best of Sagalassos is restored nymphaeum called Antonine nymphaeum. The information said that the restoration was decided after the archeologists found almost complete scattered block stones around. Many of the reliefs and statues are now displayed in Burdur Archeology Museum.
Written November 29, 2021
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eng333
New Jersey1,737 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The last few miles of road to this site is not very good. Some parts are unpaved gravel due to construction. Mountainous and some parts without guard rail. Part of the road was blocked due to construction and I had to drive around down/up a short section very steep dirt road with no railing. Overall, it was not a problem because I just drove slowly and carefully. I don't think a tour bus could get up there. The site itself has great views. There is a working fountain and remains of a theater. A nice stop that's not typical. The whole time I was there, I think I only saw two other people.
Written May 20, 2021
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Nomadic S
Istanbul, Türkiye281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Wow, Sagalassos is seriously amazing #MustVisit. A huge amount a care and attention is going into restoring this ancient city, with the potential to rival Ephesus. There is so much to do and explore in this area. Take proper walking boats, plenty of water and your imagination. We stayed in Sagalassos Hotel 4kms down the hill, had an early breakfast and then took a good couple of hours to explore the ruins, we could hav e taken most of the day and regret not walking up Alexander’s Hill.
Written July 16, 2020
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Rudi Van Poele
Hove, Belgium22 contributions
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May 2024 • Family
High in the mountains in Aglasun, this marvel of archeology awaited us. Our expectations were very high, and we weren't disappointed at all. A very nice guard even came with us to show all the beauty of the site. The agora, the huge mosaics, the thermae and the fantastic nymphaeum passed the revue. Amazing is the right word for this lifelong achievement from the Leuven University in Belgium.
Written May 12, 2024
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David C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
One of the most stunning ancient city in Turkey. A must see for ruin lovers that is being restored. Well worth the journey. Wonderfull restored fountains with flowing water. Old theater extended by romans with a back corridor, agoras and tombs. Impressive view on the valley. Original statues exposed in Burdur's archeological museum.
Written May 11, 2023
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ikra d
Athens, OH10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
It was a magical Roman place. You can still visualize the city in your eyes with its grandiose temples and Theathers. It is impossible not to be amazed from the view it offers. Drinking from the hundred years old fountain is a feeling you shouldn’t miss. You should be disappointed if you pass it by. The only problem is the signings and the path directions which I believe would be improved soon.
Written July 24, 2020
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AnnBlacksea
Samsun, Türkiye416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Friends
This is a recently opened ancient site with buildings dating back to Hellenistic and Roman times just on the outskirts of Isparta. Located in the mountains a little bit off the beaten track, it is definitely worth a visit. As this is an active archeological dig more places are being discovered. However, it has an amphitheater, market squares, colonnaded streets and a spectacular working fountain - definitely a unique feature. You will need to give yourselves about 3 hours to walk around the vast area. I found the map of the site a little confusing as there was no scale.
Written January 9, 2021
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Marco_Polo499
Milan, Italy273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
This is a UNESCO "world heritage" site, and archaeological work is still going on. Although in existence since the third millennium BC, the great architectural developments took place during the Greek and the Roman dominance; later on, the plague and the earthquakes caused its downfall. Actually it is claimed that this is the largest Roman city still in existence, and the visit cannot take less than 2-3 hours. It is located high in the mountains, and the surrounding landscape is an absolute wonder. Due to its rather remote location, the site is not yet invaded by mass tourism: I was there on a Sunday and the visitors were very few.

The site is located at an altitude of about 1500 metres, on the steep slopes of a mountain, and is surrounded by very high mountain walls. The landscape is striking, and reminds the beautiful "Dolomites" mountains of the Alps. Due the remoteness of the location, the ruins were not ransacked over the times, nor the materials were removed for use in other buildings: archaeologists think that 90% of the original materials still lie on the ground where they fell due to the earthquakes, and that the city could be largely rebuilt thanks to them. The remains cover a vast area, and many monuments have already been restored. The following are particularly noteworthy. The theatre, located in the upper part of the city and leaning against the wall of the mountain; it has striking views to the plains located 500 metres below and accommodated several thousand people. The Agora, or main square, with the remains of several religious and civil buildings around it, decorated with wonderful friezes and statues (which are however copies; the originals are kept in the extraordinary archaeological museum of Burdur, about 35 kilometres away from here). The Hellenistic fountain. Scattered everywhere there are many other remains, and also lots of sculptures and sculpted panels still waiting for their final destination to be decided. Some parts of the site are not accessible, since archaeological work is still in progress. Panels with very comprehensive information in Turkish, English and German are posted near the monuments. A mock-up of the site and other information is displayed in the basement of the entrance building.

The remains are scattered on the flank of the mountain, at various levels: you need to climb a lot, but well maintained paths and catwalks facilitate your movements, which will turn out rather easy. Due to the works in progress and to the limited number of visitors hovering around, you will get the impression of being among the discoverers of the site. In winter the site can be very cold; in summer it can be very hot, since the rocky walls surrounding the city act as a reflector of the heat of the sun; best time to visit is during the middle seasons. At the end of the visit, it is highly recommended to pay a visit also the wonderful archaeological museum of Burdur (about 35 kilometres away), which contains an impressive number of sculptures reclaimed from Sagalassos and from other Roman cities of the region: it is considered one of the best museums of Turkey, and I have made a separate review for it.

The site is about 50 kilometres south-west of Isparta, with little tourist infrastructure in the vicinity. The nearest village is Ağlasun, about 7 kilometres away and 400 metres below; from Ağlasun to Sagalassos there is an uphill road with no public transport. A practical way of visiting Sagalassos is going by taxi from Isparta. The excursion from Isparta, including both Sagalassos and the museum at Budur, will practically take the full day. I made it with a very knowledgeable and reliable guide, who speaks English and is also an expert on environmental problems: his name is Tik.Tulpar.Ata and I recommend him; you can contact him at gmail.com. Transportation and guide service for a full day cost me the very reasonable price of 500 Liras (April 2019, less than 80 €):

The site is open everyday, from 8:30 to 19:30 in summer and from 9:00 to 17:30 in winter. Admission is 12 Liras (about 2 €).There are restrooms in the basement of the entrance building.
Written May 18, 2019
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SwampeastMike
Cape Girardeau, MO3,197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
Sagalassos is one of the newest ancient Roman sights in Turkey to be excavated and opened to the public. Major excavation began about 1990 and the ensuing repairs and replacements are extraordinary. I have visited a great number of ruined Greek/Roman cities throughout Turkey and Sagalassos is high in my personal top 10.

The remote mountain location and rather treacherous roads to access ensure that you will not encounter crowds. Our early January visit found the sight and surrounding mountain tops snow covered and especially beautiful. With a mid-afternoon arrival we had to leave prematurely (about 2 hours on sight) when the temperature dropped to freezing.

Expect a rather strenuous hike as there are about 200 meters between the upper and lower cities at an elevation of about 2,500 meters.

A new and very nice hotel named "Sagalassos Lodge and Spa" opened in 2014. It is located about 3 km below the sight and is probably the only accommodation above the barest level for at least 30 km.
Written January 5, 2015
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