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Review of Perge Ancient City

Perge Ancient City
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Ranked #6 of 159 things to do in Antalya
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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.
Reviewed November 4, 2006

Very unusual ancient city due to the existence of both a Greek and Roman gate to the city. Baths are in good condition as are the streets with columns. Plenty of opportunities for photo compositions which isolate on the Greek and Roman architecture of an ancient city. Barren site, so trees and other greenery will not available for shade or compositions. Go early or late to get quality light. And don't forget to stop on the road at the Coliseum ruins just outside Perge. This is a quality place that hasn't become overrun by tourists and is large enough to handle those who venture here easily.

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Reviewed May 11, 2005

Turkey overflows with Greek and Roman ruins, and Perge is one of its better preserved archaeological sites. It's not the very best the country has to offer, but if you are new to ruins Perge serves as an excellent introduction; and if you are in Turkey only for Antalya and its seaside resorts, and won’t get a chance to see anything else, then Perge offers a taste of the ancient world without taking away too much beach time.

Perge is often packaged with surrounding ruins for daytrips from Antalya, but it’s an easy site to get to independently. Doing this is not only drastically cheaper, but turns out to be half the fun. Here’s how, and why.

Getting There:
The easiest way to reach Perge is to take one of the frequent dolmuses to the village of Aksu, about 10 miles east of Antalya. A dolmus (pronounced dolmoosh) is a minibus, and the best place to board one is a few hundred feet past the traffic circle at the east end of Ali Cetinkaya Caddesi, and the north end of Dr. Burhanettin Onat Caddesi. The traffic circle is easily found on a map, and is a straightforward ten minute walk from Kaleici, Antalya’s old city (where many visitors are likely to stay).

You could take a bus to Aksu instead, but taking a dolmus has a little known but immensely helpful feature: a sort of informal dolmus-to-dolmus transfer service. It’s not guaranteed, but if you accidentally get on the wrong dolmus the driver may well drive you to the correct one. In my case, my driver actually flagged down another dolmus en route.

The dolmus will stop at Aksu - be on the lookout for a bazaar across the highway from your stop, and the overhead walkway to reach it. Take the walkway, but save the bazaar for the return trip. Look for a big sign mentioning Perge, and follow it. The site is a 15 minute walk from here, clearly labeled along the way.

Walking to the site you’ll pass a couple of schools, and there will invariably be some children at the gates or in recess. They’ll holler for you to come by. You could give them a chance to practice their English, and saying you're from America seems to invariably get an awed and friendly reaction. There’s also a potable water fountain near the entrance to one of the schools, where you can refill your supply if you don’t mind drinking the tap (didn't make me ill).

At the Site:
You’ll have done this trip alone, so won’t have the benefit of a guide. Hopefully your guidebook will have a map and some history, or you’ll have been able to borrow some literature from the hotel. (Alternately you can try your luck eavesdropping on a tour group that happens to already be there.) Regardless, Perge is easy to get around and comprehend.

For the best view of the site, walk down the 300-meter long colonnaded street. At its end is the nymphaeum, a now-dry ornamental water fountain. Behind this is a hill, overgrown and without ruins, but with some trails. It’s not the obvious place to go, but you should go anyway - the higher up the hill you walk, the better the views of the site.

The Way Back, and Lunch:
Back at Aksu you can now tour the small bazaar near the bus and dolmus stops. It’s mostly a farmer’s market, with some undergarments, kitchen utensils, and knick knacks thrown into the mix. Unless you’re looking for produce it’ll be of little use to you. But since it is used mainly by the locals and not geared to tourists, you won't find the stall keepers hassling you like in other bazaars. You might find it interesting just taking a look around.

The Simsek Restaurant (pronounced ‘shimshek’; address: Serik Caddesi, Uzeri No:3; tel: -------) is one of several eateries by the bazaar, and a great place for lunch. The host may recommend something to you at your request, or take you to the counter and explain what dishes they have available. Whatever main dish you get, make sure to order the piyaz, a salad made of haricots, eggs, tomato, onion, and a little garnish, in a tahini vinaigrette. It may end up being one of the freshest, tastiest things you’ll eat in Turkey. And it’s something you would not have found taking a guided daytrip.

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