Roman Ruins of Side
Roman Ruins of Side Reviews
Lovely old ruins in Side Apr 08, 2013
The roman ruins of Side are located on several places in the city of Side. They are all very nice to visit, the ruins that you can visit:
- the amphitheatre; this theatre is almost in the same conditions like it was during the roman period. It gives a good impression how the people during that time bring a visit to a theater.
- the apollo temple; there are only some ruins over from the temple, but they are still impresive to watch. The only downside of this ruins is the advertisement flags which are put down over the place.
- the main gate; this gate is situated at one of the main street to the center of the city. Cars nowadays still drive under this gate.
- the columns; they are situated near the gate together with a lot of other (smaller) ruins.
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The Roman Ruins of Side Nov 20, 2010
Side is a very old town its foundation was dated by the historian Eusebios (4th century) on 1,405 B.C.
The most impressive ruins were built by the romans in the 2nd and 3rd century though. The main attraction is the Temple of Apollo which is located at the south end of the peninsula not far from the harbour. It was partly re-arranged several years ago. You find beautiful stone carvings on 5 columns.
Another great place is the amphitheatre which is special since it's built in roman style due to the lack of a hillside to hollow out. Usually the amphitheatres were built in greek style like in Aspendos.
The amphitheatre has space for approx. 15,000 to 20,000 people. It's absolutely impressive. Located close to the main city gate it's easy to find.
The main city gate itself is worth a look as well. Not far is the Agora which was used as a trading place where slaves were sold.
More ruins are the byzantine hospital, the aqueduct, the Tyche and Fortuna temple, several baths and the byzantine basilica.
Turkish archaeologists have been excavating Side since 1947 and intermittently continue to do so. Since 1966 Side is under the protection of the UNESCO.
If you're interested in ancient places Side is a must-see although it's very crowded in summer.
Part of the Side (Turkey) 2010 travel blog
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