Güllük Dagi-Termessos National Park
15 miles North West from Antalya

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Termessos is regarded as one of the best preserved remnants of ancient civilisations in Turkey. It is located about 15 miles North West from Antalya at over 1000m above sea level. There is some doubt as to who founded this city. Some say the Anatolians were responsible. Other sources quote the Solims. We do know that this site, founded by mythical figure Bellerophon, has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site for its historical artefacts and outstanding ecological beauty. During the hotter months of summer this is an oasis of relative cool with shade provided by the pine forests and a constant breeze at altitude.

The city is another cluster of photo opportunities, walks and adventure. It was well protected by its walls – well enough to keep out Alexander the Great and his army by a small but well defended army. Some of the famous cliff tomb cemeteries with their windowed and arched faces can be found here, carved intricately generations ago and still preserved beside rare bird nests. There is an Agora – a square or open space elevated by stones which served as the city’s market place. Also, an open air theatre with breathtaking views across the mountainous countryside. The six temples you can find were built in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD and vary in size; some with inscriptions and dedications to Zeus and Aternis.

Additions to this already rich list of monuments include Hadrian’s Triumphal Arch, sarcophagi and a gymnasium.

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