The Temples of Apollo & Athena | Turkey Landmarks

Temples of Apollo & Athena | Turkey Landmarks
The ruins of the Apollo Temple are located near to the harbour of Side, which is located in the province of Antalya, Turkey. The temple ruins are dedicated to Apollo, god of light, art and beauty. It was built during the Roman Civilization and looks over the ancient port.

The temple of Apollo is also surrounded by other important ruins that date back to 7th century B.C. Side was one of the main cities of the ancient region known as Pamphylia that later became Antalya. Ruins of the temple dedicated to Apollon, god of light, art and beauty. The temple measures 17x30 m and has columns with Corinthian capitals, 8,90 m high. The great ruins are among the most notable in Asia Minor. They cover a large promontory where a wall and a moat separate it from the mainland. During medieval times, the wall and moat were repaired and the promontory houses a wealth of structures.

There are colossal ruins of a theater complex, the largest of Pamphylia, built much like a Roman amphitheater that relies on arches to support the sheer verticals. The Roman style was adopted because Side lacked a convenient hillside that could be hollowed out as in the usual Greek fashion more typical of Asia Minor.

The theater is less well preserved than the Aspendos theater, but it is almost as large, seating 15,000 - 20,000 people. With time and the shifting of the earth, the scena wall has collapsed over the stage and the proscenium is in a cataract of loose blocks. It was converted into an open-air sanctury with two chapels during Byzantine times.

One of the best times to walk around the ruins is at the end of the day when hopefully you can catch the sun setting behind the Apollo Temple and at night the ruins are illuminated. The temple was apparently given as a token of Anthony’s love to Cleopatra.

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