Around 150 BC, Attalus II, king of Pergamum, commanded his raiders to “Go and find me the heaven on earth.” Upon the king’s order, the raiders set off and traveled to many different places; when they came to the place called Antalya today, they looked at the unique beauty that lay in front of them and said, “We have found heaven”. “Attalia”, the city founded that day, will continue to allow you to experience heaven today…
There are many antique cities in and around Antalya. Aspendos, Perge and Side located near to Antalya are some of these ancient cities. Antalya is also renowned for being a city of waterfalls. Düden, Manavgat and Kurşunlu Waterfalls are amongst the popular places visited by thousands of local and foreign tourists. Bey Mountains and Saklıkent, where plateau and winter sports are carried out, are both natural beauties of the city.
When Emperor Hadrian visited Antalya in 130 A.D., a gate consisting of three arches was built on the city walls in his honor. The Hadrian Gate can still be viewed today in all its beauty. The picturesque scenery of the Bey Mountains and the Antalya Bay painted with different colors at every hour of the day, from Atatürk and Karaalioğlu Parks, which are adorned with fascinating subtropical plants, are sights one can never grow tired of.
Those who set sail in the morning may rest in the serene atmosphere of the Antalya Marina in the afternoon. The old city walls, which are lit up at night, bring about a historical identity to the city. The Archeology Museum, where artifacts dating from the Paleolithic era to the period of the Ottoman Empire are displayed, reflects the rich history of the region. The Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, held in autumn, captivates the participants as well as those who watch.
Aspendos Theater, with a seat capacity of fifteen thousand, is the best preserved antique theater in the region. The corridors, stage decorations and acoustics of the theatre, which is still being used for various concert, ballet, opera and theater productions today, bear witness to the exceptional craftsmanship of the theater’s architect. The remains of the basilica, agora and the longest aqueduct of Anatolia lie near the theater.
Antalya, where all these natural and historical beauties are gathered, has been founded on the most fertile lands of Anatolia. The city has been at its zenith regarding culture, art, architecture and mythology throughout its existence.