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Perge Ancient City,Perge, Ancient, City, Aksu, Town, address, where, directions, locations, entrance, fee, working, visiting, days, hours
Perge Ancient City,Perge, Ancient, City, Aksu, Town, address, where, directions, locations, entrance, fee, working, visiting, days, hours
Perge Ancient City,Perge, Ancient, City, Aksu, Town, address, where, directions, locations, entrance, fee, working, visiting, days, hours
Perge Ancient City,Perge, Ancient, City, Aksu, Town, address, where, directions, locations, entrance, fee, working, visiting, days, hours

Perge Ancient City 2024 Summer Period Visiting Hours : 

08:30 - 19:00 (1 April - 31 October)

Perge Ancient City 2024 Winter Period Visiting Hours : 

08:30 - 17:30 (31 October - 1 April)

Perge Ancient City 2024 Working Days : 

Everyday

Perge Ancient City 2024 Entrance Fee : 

250 ₺

Last Update : 2024-06-15

Perge is one of the oldest ancient cities in Turkey. Once the capital of the Pamphylia region and one of the richest cities in antiquity, Perge's history dates back 3000 years.

What can you do in Perge?

The ancient city of Perge was one of the best-organized Roman cities. Here you will find remains of baths, four fountains, columned streets, an agora, two basilicas, Hellenistic towers, palaces, a theater, a stadium, and a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. You can also recognize the ruins of the fortress walls that once surrounded the city.

Perge is famous for both its architecture and its intricate marble sculptures.

The city was home to several scholars and philosophers. The most famous among them was Apollonius, a masterful mathematician and astronomer of antiquity.

Theater

Right at the entrance, you'll see the theater built in the Greco-Roman style. It is built into the hillside and seems to lean against the hill. At the time, it could accommodate up to 15,000 spectators. The facade of the theater had five gates and was richly decorated. The stage was adorned with marble reliefs. Some of these are now exhibited in the Antalya Archaeological Museum.

Stadium

The stadium of Perge is one of the best-preserved stadiums of antiquity. It is 234 meters long and 54 meters wide. The 17 well-preserved rows of seats of the stadium rest on a total of 50 outward-facing vaults. Every third vault was simultaneously an entrance to the stadium, with shops in the others. It could hold 12,000 spectators.

Fountains

Near the entrance, you'll see a monumental fountain. It was built as a nymphaeum and is dedicated to Emperor Septimius Severus. A nymphaeum was a fountain complex dedicated to the nymphs. Some statues and sculptures of the nymphaeum are exhibited in the Antalya Museum.

City Wall and Towers

The city walls date back to the Hellenistic and Roman periods. At the entrance of the complex, you'll see two well-preserved towers.

Thermal Baths

The thermal baths were built in the 2nd century. They had various rooms adorned with statues. The courtyard was lined with columns and reliefs. You can still see the heating system under the floor today.

Agora

The agora was the commercial and political center of the city. There were shops around the central courtyard. The flooring of some shops was covered with mosaics.

Monumental Fountain - Nymphaeum

At the end of the colonnaded street, you'll see another colossal fountain dedicated to Emperor Hadrian. In the center, you can admire a statue of the river god Kaystros. The god is depicted in a reclining position.

How to get from Antalya to Perge?

Perge is located 17 kilometers from the center of Antalya. There are two ways to get to Perge:

Bus: Take bus line AC03, which goes to Aksu, in the center of Antalya. The journey takes about an hour.

Car: From Aksu, follow the signs for "Perge". Drive about 2 kilometers along the road passing by the gendarmerie. It takes about 20 minutes to reach Perge by car from Aksu.

The story of Perge

History of Perge Perge was ruled by the Persian Achaemenids until 333 BC. Alexander the Great took the city without a fight in 334 BC. Perge experienced its first heyday during the Hellenistic period. Many of the remains, such as the city walls and the two towers of the city, date from this time. After the death of Alexander the Great, the city was under the rule of his general Antigonus for a while, and then was ruled by the Seleucid Kingdom.

Perge's golden age was during the Roman Empire. The city flourished and became one of the richest cities in the Pamphylia region.

Perge is also a very important place for Christianity. The apostle Paul, as well as the evangelists Mark and Barnabas, visited the city and preached Christianity here. Until the 13th century, Perge was considered the metropolis of the Pamphylia region.

Archaeological excavations in Perge began in 1946 and continue to this day. Some artifacts are exhibited on-site, while others can be seen in the Antalya Archaeological Museum.

Since 2009, Perge has been on the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage status.