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Seleukia or Lyrbe - always worth a trip

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Seleukia or Lyrbe - always worth a trip

For Seleukia, you drive from Manavgat towards the falls, a few kilometers after the great waterfall the signposted turnoff leads to Seleukia.

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In the village Bucakşeyhler always keep to the right and follow the signs. At the mosque turn right again. After leaving the village, it is about 3 km across the asphalted road through the forest. From the parking lot it is still a few minutes walk uphill.

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Reaching the car park with a normal car requires a very prudent driving style, as the road section was heavily washed out at the top.

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Although Seleukia is known for several geographic works of antiquity, the history of the city is largely in the dark.

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It´s name points to a Seleucid foundation, possibly directly by Seleukos I. Nikator. It was founded around 300 BC.

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The ancient city, with one of the best-preserved marketplaces known as agora, is relatively difficult to access for people in the midst of the dense pine forest and has therefore been spared from the recent settlements.

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The site was explored in the early 1970s by Istanbul archaeologists, who secured the most valuable artifacts of the city, an orpheus mosaic and a bronze statue of Apollo, which can now be viewed in the Museum of Antalya.

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The foundations of a Byzantine church - in the immediate vicinity of the space of the Orpheus mosaic on the north side of the market square, surrounded by four ionic columns - show that the place was still inhabited in the Middle Ages or at least was partly inhabited.

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Due to its strategically favorable plateau position on a hillside slope to the west, the city was only protected in the south by a city wall which is still preserved up to a height of 9 meters.

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The imperial Agora rests, in order to gain a flat terrain, in the west on huge substructions with barrel vaults, which were used as magazines.

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In the west rise eight-storey "shop buildings", as they are known in their preservation only from Pompeii or Herculaneum.

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To the south is a small Odeion.

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A few paces north of the market square is a small podium area with a formerly four-column Pronaos well preserved.

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Further north-westerly, the large necropolises, which points to the importance and size of the town, can be seen.

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At all, the former development is largely still in the dark, as only a few excavations have taken place.

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Further to the west is the thermal baths, whose dome ceilings and plasterings of the walls speak for the original wealth of the city.

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We have been in the ruins town several times, but there is always something new to discover.

Please read as well:

Manavgat Waterfall - in spring time with plenty of water

Taurus Excursion - visit of the Altinbesik Cave

 

 

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