Archaeology Travel, Asia Minor, Hadrian, Pamphylia, Turkey

Hadrian goes to Attaleia – images from Hadrian’s Gate at Antalya

Antalya was founded as Attaleia by Attalus II, King of Pergamum, around 150 BC with the aim of establishing a naval base. It is possible that the town was an expansion of an older settlement or was built on top of a pre-existing one, as 2008 excavations suggest. In 133 BC, Attalus III, the last… Continue reading Hadrian goes to Attaleia – images from Hadrian’s Gate at Antalya

Archaeology Travel, Asia Minor, Pamphylia, Photography, Turkey

Exploring Aspendos – images from a wealthy city of Pamphylia

The second place I visited during my recent trip to Turkey was Aspendos (see itinerary map here). Aspendos is one of the most popular historic sites in the Antalya region. It is located beside the river Eurymedon (Köprüçay) and is renowned throughout the world for its magnificent ancient theatre. During ancient times, the central region of Antalya was known as Pamphylia and Aspendos… Continue reading Exploring Aspendos – images from a wealthy city of Pamphylia

Archaeology Travel, Asia Minor, Gladiator, Hadrian, Museum, Pisidia, Sagalassos, Turkey

The gladiator relief and other highlights from the Burdur Archaeological Museum (Pisidia, Turkey)

No visit to Sagalassos would be complete without checking the Archaeological Museum at Burdur, the provincial capital. Major finds from Sagalassos are housed in this museum which is located a short drive from the site. Photos of this magnificent archaeological site were posted in part 1 and part 2 of my piece on Sagalassos. The museum… Continue reading The gladiator relief and other highlights from the Burdur Archaeological Museum (Pisidia, Turkey)

Archaeology Travel, Asia Minor, Hadrian, Photography, Pisidia, Sagalassos, Turkey

Exploring Sagalassos – images from the city in the clouds (part 2 – Lower Agora)

As mentioned in part 1, Sagalassos made the headlines in the international press in 2007 and 2008, due to the unexpected discovery of three extraordinary statues of the emperors Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius and empress Faustina the Elder, wife of the emperor Antoninus Pius. The statues were originally located in the frigidarium, the coldest and largest room in the… Continue reading Exploring Sagalassos – images from the city in the clouds (part 2 – Lower Agora)

Archaeology Travel, Asia Minor, Photography, Pisidia, Sagalassos, Turkey

Exploring Sagalassos – images from the city in the clouds (part 1 – Upper Agora)

The first visit of my recent trip to Turkey was the archaeological site of Sagalassos in Pisidia. We had the place almost to ourselves (I always travel with my partner) which was a real treat. Few people seem to have heard of Sagalassos and the site is a bit off the beaten track. However Sagalassos made… Continue reading Exploring Sagalassos – images from the city in the clouds (part 1 – Upper Agora)