Kemer Phaselis

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Parking area: Yes

Entrance fee: Yes

Closed Day: No

Distance from Antalya Republic Square (City Center):  55.2 km ( D400)

Distance from Antalya international airport: 70.3 km ( D400)

Distance from Antalya bus station: 56.2 km ( D400)

Importance and general aspects:

Phaselis Ancient City, which is very close to the center of Kemer, is a 4-thousand-year-old historical heritage among centuries-old trees4 and is one of the most interesting historical sites of the region with its beach and picnic areas and historical texture5. In the founding legend of the city, which is believed to have been founded by colonies from Rhodes in the 7th century BC, it is told that the colonists were responded to the local people with a request for fish or corn. It hosted the Persians, the Carians, the Macedonians and the Lycians. Phaselis, which was transformed into a bishopric center during the Roman period, has mostly survived Roman and Byzantine ruins. Because In 1th. Century B.C. Phaselis, has been robbed and looted by Zeniketes, the head of pirates6. The street expands between the agora and the theater, forming a small square. Steps provide access to theater and acropolis in the southeast corner of the square. Theater is a typical small Hellenistic theater. It has three ports, one on the north of the peninsula and the other on the northeast, and the third on the southwest coast. Ship descriptions on ports, agoras and city coins show that Phaselis is an important commercial port. To the right of the bend at the entrance of its ruins, the old walls of the city (3rd century BC) and the basic ruins that may be temples or monumental tombs can be found. The slope behind the northern port is the city’s cemetery7. Aqueducts that have survived until today are the most monumental structures8. There are three agoras, one opposite the theater and the other two to the right of the main street leading to the south harbor. The ruins of a small Byzantine basilica are located inside the agora opposite the theater. Two other important ruins of the city are the ruins of two baths, one small and one large in the city square. Especially small bath ruins give information about the heating system of the Roman Bath. Historians write that the main goddess of the city was Athena, the goddess of war and wisdom. It is believed that the Temple of Athena and other important structures that have not been found are located on the acropolis hill covered with forest today9.

How to get there

There are 2 faster options in order to reach Phaselis; by car or by bus from the Antalya Bus Station or Kemer Bus Station.

What to do?

Phaselis Ancient City, which has a great cultural accumulation, allows you to have pleasant hours with your family and loved ones thanks to 3 beautiful beaches. Swimming in the ruins of the ancient city is a unique experience. Also you can picnic under centuries-old trees. It is possible to visit here during the cultural event and take the photo of this historical artifacts. Also it is possible to take a rest, smell fresh air, enjoy a scenery of Phaselis Bay and take the photo of this fascinating scenery.

What to eat?

There is a museum shop in Phaselis. You can find snacks and soft drinks here.

What to buy?

Museum shop selling souvenirs related to Phaselis and Antalya of history.

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