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Ariassos Ancient City,Ariassos, Ancient, City, address, where, directions, locations, entrance, fee, working, visiting, days, hours

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Last Update : 2024-06-15

Ariassos: An Ancient City of Pisidia

Ariassos is situated 50 kilometers north of Antalya, near Çubukbeli, a pass connecting the Antalya coast to the Anatolian Plateau, at an altitude of 924 meters. The official founding year of the city dates back to around 189/188 BCE, related to Manlius Vulso's campaign and the Peace of Apameia. Ariassos minted coins from the 1st century BCE to the Gallienus Period (253-267 CE). According to Hierokles, the city belonged to the Pamphylia Province in the Late Antique Period and was referred to as a bishopric of Pamphylia II in the Notitia Episcopatum until the 12th century.

Ariassos, along with other Pisidian cities, served as a passage during the Roman Period when roads were constructed. However, life in the city ceased after the Byzantine Period. When examining the city plan of Ariassos, one can observe a necropolis area from east to west, the southern corner of the city walls and civil structures, the city gate, a possible colonnaded street extending westward from the gate, the main city settlement on the north side of this street, and another necropolis area to the west. The city was situated on terraces created on the northern slope, parallel to the colonnaded street running east to west.

Among the most significant structures of Ariassos are the still-standing city gate, mausoleum-type tombs, city walls, Roman Road, aqueduct, Nymphaeum, Bouleuterion, the mostly ruined Gymnasion, baths, and theater. At the entrance to the city, rises the most magnificent ruin, an monumental gateway. It is understood that the triple-arched city gate was in use during the Severus Alexander period.

Additionally, two church buildings between the city gate and the fountain building, and three small church buildings, one in the northwest part of the city, have been identified. On the western slope of the city, remnants of the Ancient Roman Road, descending to the present-day Akkoç Village road, can be found. Made of neatly laid large blocks, this road is the main route leading from Termessos to the western gate of Ariassos.

One of the most impressive structures of Ariassos is the monumental tombs. Integrated with the city settlement, there are two necropolis areas on the east and west sides. In the western necropolis, in addition to mausoleum-type tombs, simpler structures have been found. In the eastern necropolis, different types of tomb structures are encountered. Among these are Pisidia-type shielded sarcophagi made of limestone and simple burial shapes directly carved into the rock.