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From journal Exploring Turkey's Antalya
, Virginia, Turkey
June 3, 2002
When you enter the city you see that it is quite large. You see the Roman gates, and the Hellenistic gates. You see many baths, many nymphaeums (monumental fountains).
The things that impress me the most were the Greek towers, baths, agora (shopping mall), and the collonnaded road. You can see the sculptures that were taken from the Roman Arch and the nymphaeums at the Antalya Museum.
The baths I learned have three rooms: frigidarium (cold section), lokonium (sweating section), and caldarium (hottest section). You can observe and see how these baths worked.
The agora (shopping mall) is shaped as a square. You can see some columns (indeed a corner has been reconstructed) and some shops. In the middle is a round structure, which the scholars think might be some religious building. I read in a Turkish newspaper that the professor who was doing the digs there said that the guides make up things to get the attention of the tourists, like that this round structure was where the slaves were sold. WRONG.
The collonnaded avenue was my favorite place. The whole life of Perge's old glory emerged in my imagination. A canal runs in the middle where the water comes from the fantastic fountain. You can still see some sculptures of the fountain. Two sides were roads for horse-carts and horses, you can still see the parts that wore off by the wheels of the carts. Shops on both sides were along the road. It must be a lovely place to spent an afternoon in the ancient times.
Now where the shops were, where the walking paths were are occupied by local women selling handmace laces, scarfes and blue eye beads. There are no horse-carts carrying goods and people anymore, but the cows and goats sure like the town this way.
From journal Antic cities around Antalya