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Falls Church, Virginia
August 22, 2011
May 27, 2004
From journal Living in Antalya 2001
, Virginia, Turkey
June 3, 2002
You need to have really comfortable hiking boots as you need to climb to see this ancient city. First we climbed by our car and parked our car in the parking lot. Then we had to climb on foot to see the necropolis (upper city). I cannot imagine people climbing all that way on their foot.
While climbing we passed by baths,and gymnasium. Then at the top we followed the signs which took us to the theater. The view was such a treat. When we sit on the steps of the theater we could see as far as Antalya (25 km away) and the mediteranean. The wind was blowing and telling us how the ancients spent their days. I was very impressed to learn later that they had a closed theatre. The closed theatre is nearly intact and you can see it on your back.
We stopped at the ruins of temples dedicated to Artemis and Zeus. Steve explored and found remains of beautiful sculptures which were part of a wall on the ground.
On our way back we passed by the Founder''s House, and other temples. We saw the big holes (bigger than rooms that were connected to each other) to store olive oil. Another interesting thing is that they had may cisterns. As the town was on top of a hill they couldn''t brought water so they had to stored the rain water.
There were rock-cut tombs, built tombs and sarcophagi, on the way of while we were declining. They were sure beautiful but I didn''t want to be reminded of my own death on such a beautiful day.
We wanted to visit Karain caves the same day, but we were pressed by time, as all ruins close by 5 PM. Instead we stopped at a local "you cook you eat" restaurant. KENDIN PISIR KENDIN YE. The restarant was on the way to Antalya on the left side of the highway. We ordered 1 kg of lamb, and cooked it on a grill next to our table. It sure is a nice Turkish eating-out experience for those who wants to try it.
From journal Antic cities around Antalya