Termessos Overview

For the history buffs, architectural enthusiasts and explorers, one of the favored places to visit in Antalya5, is the Termessos. The city, constructed between 2 cliffs on the Gulluk Mountain range at an altitude of 1050 m above sea level, lies within the National park of Antalya.

The remains of the temple of Artemis and Hadrian greet the visitors at the entrance to the ancient city. A gigantic, but bedraggled building, which served as a bath and a gymnasium, stands next to the top gate of the city. Beyond the gate lies, what was once the epicenter of political and economic activities in Termessos. Immerse yourself in the historical wonders of Termessos, included in your journey through Turkey. These captivating ruins add a unique dimension to your Turkey travel packages, revealing the intriguing tales of this ancient city.

Today, most of the buildings lie in rubble and visitors will have a tough time to spot a section of the well-known colonnaded street. A narrow path through the forest in the south-east direction leads visitors to an Agora or a public-square/ marketplace, and a hero’s tomb (Unknown Soldier).

Other buildings near the agora include an amphitheater, Bouleuterion, Olympian Zeus temple, and necropolis (cemetery). The incredible, but degenerated amphitheater on the edge of the mountain with a capacity to accommodate 4,000 – 5,000 audience speaks volumes of their engineering skills.

The captivating view of the surrounding peaks and valleys from the amphitheater leaves visitors spell-bound. Bouleuterion served as a meeting place for the city council and also as a small theater to host musical and poetical presentations. The temple dedicated to the main deity of Termessos, Olympian Zeus, which stands next to Bouleuterion, exists in deplorable condition. 

Location: Korkuteli, Antalya Province, Turkey

Entry Fee: Admission Fee – TRY 5 (Rs. 60)

Timing: Sun –Sat: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Best Time to Visit: The most preferred time to visit Termessos is early in the morning between 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.

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