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Adada - basilicas and imperial temples in the forgotten city

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Adada - basilicas and imperial temples in the forgotten city

Adada was an ancient Roman city in Pisidia, about 40 km southeast of Egirdir and 80 km northeast of Antalya, near the present-day village of Sagrak in the Sütçuler district of the Turkish province of Isparta, which is probably just known to hikers on St. Paul's Way.

Saklıkent ski area - Antalya´ recreational area in winter

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Saklıkent ski area - Antalya´ recreational area in winter

Skiing in the Taurus Mountains? And ski resorts in Turkey? Nearly nobody who travels to Turkey to spend their summer vacation on the beach will suspect that there are large ski areas not far from Antalya.

Rhodiapolis - ancient home of the Opramoas

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Rhodiapolis - ancient home of the Opramoas

About 3 kilometres northwest of the city centre of Kumluca you will find the ancient city of Rhodiapolis on a hill that overlooks the entire valley to the sea and thus also Kumluca and Finike.

Letoon - where Artemis and Apollo lived

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Letoon - where Artemis and Apollo lived

Coming from Xanthos, when we crossed highway 400, which connects Fethiye and Kas. It is just a few kilometers away from the road to the imposing fields of ruins with the holy grave of the goddess Leto, whose official religious burial place is said to be in Letoon, the oracle and “the” festival site of the Lycian Federation is placed.

Tahtali snow fun - soon it will be time again!

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Tahtali snow fun - soon it will be time again!

In the past weeks we have already reported about the mount Tahtali, near Olympos with its beautiful sandy beach as part of our reports on XC Turkey.

Aspendos ancient roman Theatre - Antalya

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Aspendos - Antalya

The Theatre of Aspendos was built during the second century AD and is one of the best preserved ancient theatres in the world. It offers seating for up to 20.000 visitors and is well known because of its marvellous acoustics. 

Antalya Airport

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Flughafen Antalya

Antalya Airport (IATA: AYT, ICAO: LTAI) is 10 km (6 miles) east of the city center of Antalya, Turkey. The airport is operated in Turkey's primary holiday destination located on the country’s Mediterranean coast. The airport is big and modern, built to accommodate the millions of passengers who come to Turkey's Mediterranean beaches in summer.

Düden Waterfall in Antalya - High Cliffs & Tufa Rocks

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Düden Waterfall in Antalya

The magnificent place of Düden Waterfall is about 10 kilometers distance to the beaches South East of Antalya away and can easily be reached by dolmus or with a rented car on well prepared asphalt roads.

Hiking at Gömbe and Ucarsu Waterfall

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Gömbe and Ucarsu Waterfall

As part of our two day journey, we took off in Korkuteli direction after Termessos to reach our next target; Gömbe near Uyluk Mountain (elv.3024 m.). Many of the Turks residing along the shore relocate to mountain sides known as “uplands” in order to escape from the summer heat.

Antalya Museum - Achaeology and Ethnography

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Antalya Museum - Achaeology and Ethnography

Once visiting Antalya, please do not miss to visit to the archaeological museum of Antalya. It is located on the western outskirts, about 2 km from the center and was founded in 1919. If you are close to the old center called Kaleici, you may even use the old Nürnberg tram to get to museum.

History of Perge - long lasting story of a city

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History of Perge

According to the Greek Writer Strabon (63 BC-19 AD) Perge was founded by Greek colonists led by Mopsos and Kalchas who came to Pamphylia after the Trojan War around 1200 BC.

Antalya - Trolley from Nuremberg as Attraction

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Antalya - Trolley from Nürnberg

Besides the historical structures with Hadrian city gate and the city walls, there are three traditional old trolley´s at work in Antalya. These trains belonged to the former Nuremberg trolley. A line of about 5 kilometers parallel to the coastline was allocated for the traditional Antalya trolleys in 1999.

St. Nicholas in the church of Myra

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St. Nicholas in the church of Myra

Myra, located in the south-west of Turkey, in the magical landscape of Lycia, was the city where St. Nicholas had worked as a bishop in the fourth century.

Saint Nicholas of Myra - a Christian Character in Demre

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Saint Nicholas of Myra

Each year between 4th and 6th December, the village of Demre (whose historic name is Myra), well known usually for the quality and the taste of their delicious tomatoes and oranges, faces an invasion of scientists and amateur historians. Then a very special event takes place: The world-famous Santa Claus Symposium.

Arykanda - fascinating scenery - the Delphi of Lycia

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Arykanda - fascinating mountain scenery - the Delphi of Lycia

From Kas, our journey was leading along the coast road D400 in direction to Kumluca and nearly into the center of Finike, when we turned right to the national road 635 towards Elmalı.

Walk to the ancient town Kyaneai in Lycia

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Walk to the ancient town Kyaneai in Lycia

And once again, we had arranged to meet with Wolfgang Dorn and his tour group, this time in the small town Yavu near Kas to visit the ancient city Kyaneai in Lycia.

Perge - Did Idea for Statue of Liberty Originate in Turkey?

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Perge - Did Idea for Statue of Liberty Originate in Ancient Turkey

The iconic Statue of Liberty in New York Harbour was a gift from France, in 1886. But, did its inspiration originate almost 2000 years ago, in Turkey? A recent discovery in the remnants of excavation in one of the country’s most important archaeological sites is cause for speculation.

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