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About Antalya

Antalya, Turkey

Places of Interest

St. Nicholas

Withuot doubt the most famous of Myra's monuments is the church constructed in the name of St. Nicholas. He was born in Patara at the beginning of the 4th century and as the Bishop of Myra he devoted himself to religion and social welfare. After his death a church was built in his memory. In the year 1087 merchants from Bari discovered the tomb amd carried off his bones to Italy, however it seems that in their haste they left behind some bones, which are on exhibition at Antalya Museum. The church seen today was built in the 8th century using materials of earlier date. Myra was one of the most important of six major Lycian cities, of which the rock tombs are a most impressing proof.

Perge

Was originally settled by the Hitities around 1,500 BC. Barnabas and St. Paul went through Perge on their way to and from Antioch on their first journey. The ruins of Perge, although not on the scale of Ephesus, are still vast. The stadium is one of the best preserved of the ancient world.

Chimera

The never extinguishing fires of Lykia are believed to be the origin of the Greek myth of the Chimera. It is said that Bellerophon, mounted on the winged horse Pegasus, slew the fire ‑ breathing monster Chimera at the heights of the Mt. Olympos (Mt. Tahtali) The methane gas seeping from the earth still burns brightly at night.

Pamukkale

Pamukkale is an extraordinary natural wonder. The calceous waters rise from the ground at a temperature of 35 degrees Celcius and tumble down the mountain from a height of 100 meters/330 feet, forming pools with cream ‑ colored stalactite. Water is the architect of this fairy castle or cotton castle ‑ as it is called in Turkish.

Cappadocia

Three thousand years of history await the visitor to Cappadocia, this fairy land in central Anatolia. Millions of years ago, Mount Erciyes convulsed the surrounding landscape with a torrent of lava, smothering hundreds of miles. Later, floods, rain and wind sawed away at the table of lava, creating deep valleys and fissures, slopes turned into cones and columns.

Waterfalls

All the streams of the region find their way to the Meditarenean pouring down the slopes of the Toros Mountain range and resulting in lovely waterfalls of which the region is quite rich. The best known are the upper and lower Duden waterfalls, 15 km/9 mile4s north of Antalya , the Kursunlu waterfalls 18 km/11 miles west of Antalya and the Manavgat waterfalls.