Antalya was founded by Attalos the 2nd , a King of Pergamum in 159 B.C., who ordered his men to find him a paradise, and the city was also named Attaleia after him.
Antalya has been the centre of culture, art, architecture and mythology throughout its history. This city is a cross-road of ancient Pamphilia, Psidia and Lycia and was established in the most fertile geography of Anatolia. Besides its historical beauties, with its nature made up of blue sea, spectacular Taurus mountains, fervent waterfalls, boulevards lined with palm trees, award winning marina and World-wide known holiday villages are the most attractive aspects of Antalya which make Antalya the capital of Tourism.
Antalya is visited every year by the millions of tourists. The clean and beautiful beaches of Antalya, where the nature, the blue and the green, unites, is what makes the beaches blue flag. Antalya is a unique destination with its perfect climate and amazing meeting, congress and incentive opportunities.
Besides all these natural beauties, “Belek” is the most famous area of Antalya with its international standard golf fields and on the way of becoming Europe’s biggest golf area.
Antalya’s envious historical ruins, together with it’s amazing natural surroundings reminds you of an open air museum. Belek is famous in Antalya with its garden called the Garden of Religious. The church, the synagogue and the mosque are found together in the same garden and is one of the most interesting parts of Belek. This garden that allows the members of three big religions of the world to pray together at the same place and time has an important message to the world in matters of universal peace and ethics. In the Garden of Religions that underlines all human beings in the world are equal and that there is freedom of belief, which united numerous people with different beliefs from various countries around the world in Anatolia, is one of the centers of civilizations.
At the southwestern edge of Kaleiçi, on the corner with Karaalioğlu Park, rises The Hıdırlık Tower, a 14m-high tower in the ancient walls, which dates from the 1st century AD.
The Antalya Museum or Antalya Archeological Museum is one of Turkey's largest museums, located in Antalya. It includes 13 exhibition halls and an open air gallery. It covers an area of 7,000 m2 (75,000 sq ft) and has 5000 works of art are exhibited. In addition a further 25,000–30,000 artifacts which cannot be displayed are in storage. As a museum exhibiting examples of works, which illuminate the history of the Mediterranean and Pamphylia regions in Anatolia, Antalya Museum is one of the most important of Turkey's museums. The Museum won the “European Council Special Prize”.
Aspendos was an ancient city in Pamphylia, Asia Minor, located about 40 km east of the modern city of Antalya, Turkey. It was situated on the Eurymedon River about 16 km inland from the Mediterranean Sea; it shared a border with, and was hostile to, Side. According to later tradition, the (originally non-Greek) city was founded around 1000 BC by Greeks who may have come from Argos. The wide range of its coinage throughout the ancient world indicates that, in the 5th century BC, Aspendos had become the most important city in Pamphylia. At that time the Eurymedon River was navigable as far as Aspendos, and the city derived great wealth from a trade in salt, oil, and wool. The theatre hosts the annual Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival organized by Turkish State Opera and Ballet since 1994, with international participation of opera and ballet companies and an audience of about 10,000.
Düden Waterfalls are a group of waterfalls in the province of Antalya, Turkey. The waterfalls, formed by the Düden River (one of the major rivers in southern Anatolia), are located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) north-east of Antalya. They end where the waters of the Lower Düden Falls drop off a rocky cliff directly into the Mediterranean Sea.
Myra is an ancient town in Lycia, where the small town of Kale (Demre) is situated today in present day Antalya Province of Turkey. It was located on the river Myros (Demre Çay), in the fertile alluvial plain between Alaca Dağ, the Massikytos range and the Aegean Sea.
Perge was an important city of ancient Pamphillia and most of the archeological findings belong to Roman Imperial period. The statues from Perge, displayed at the Antalya museum indicate the advanced level atelier in sculpture. The Perge statues displayed at the Antalya Museum has become one of the richest Roman period statue collections in the world.
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