Perge is one of the most popular historical sites along the Antalya region. Being an ancient Greek city, Perge is famous for its Roman ruins dating back to 1300 BC and its big amphitheater with a capacity of 15,000 people. The site is also the closest one to Antalya city center, and also the starting point of the Saint Paul’s Road, which is one of the most popular hiking trails in both Antalya region and Turkey.
Fast Facts about Perge
The city has a rich history and was once an important center for the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine empires. One of the most popular archaeological site on the Antalya region. So what lies behind?
- Has a 2000-year-old history and magnificence.
- One of the largest ancient settlements that have survived as a whole.
- One of the most important sculpture production centers of the ancient times.
- Had the most brilliant years during the Roman times on the 2nd and 3rd century AD.
- Has a great level in urban planning.
- Was an important settlement for the history of Christianity, where the Saint Paul have visited the city so many times.
History of Perge
The ancient city of Perge is believed to be one of the oldest cities during the Roman era, as well as have existence during the Hittite period. The city had its best years in the 2nd and 3rd century AD. Majority of the structures here are from this period.
The city was also one of the most important sculpture production centers of the ancient times, and famous for its architecture, marble sculpting and the statues.
Many of the findings are currently exhibited at the Antalya Museum.
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Architecture of Perge
- Perge was renowned for its impressive architecture and monumental structures, including a stadium, a theater, and an agora.
- The stadium is one of the most well-preserved structures in Perge and could hold up to 12,000 spectators.
- The theater, which dates back to the 2nd century AD, could seat 14,000 spectators.
- The agora was the central market square of the city and was surrounded by shops and administrative buildings.
What to See?
Artifacts in Perge
- The city of Perge is home to many fascinating artifacts, including the Roman baths, the nymphaeum, and the Hellenistic gate.
- The Roman baths are an excellent example of the luxurious lifestyle of the Romans and are well preserved.
- The nymphaeum was a monumental fountain that was dedicated to the nymphs and supplied water to the city.
- The Hellenistic gate was the main entrance to the city and is one of the most significant structures in Perge.
Here, you’ll explore and admire the ruins of the Roman temple, old school buildings, baths and the impressive entrance.
Perge has two main roads to explore. You’ll also see a very well preserved and 15,000 seat amphitheater coming from the 2nd century BC. The entrance of the city is very impressive with the two towers.
Other popular sights include;
- the magnificent entrance, two towers, and column lined streets,
- two storey and elaborately decorated stage building area from the 2nd century AD,
- the remains of the Roman temple,
- the surplus water structures,
- the old school buildings and baths,
- the rectangular planned agora,
- towers and fountains .
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Visiting Hours & Admissions
Open every day between 08:00-19:00 (from 01 April to 01 October), 08:30-17:30 (from 01 October to 01 April).
* check prices from muze.gov.tr
How to Get to Perge?
Perge is situated at the Aksu town of Antalya. About 17 km. from Antalya town center. See the location map.
* Alternatively, you can take the public bus to Aksu and than transfer to Perge from there.
* Or you can take a private taxi but keep in mind that it can be expensive.
Address: Barbaros, Perge Road, Aksu/Antalya
Tel: +90 242 426 27 48