Travel to Side with Turquoise Sea, Golden sand and Ancient ruin
Shaped by the cool waters and soft sands of the Mediterranean
, heir to the wealth of ancient times and the child of the modern world, Side is the perfect destination, equally rich in ancient treasures and the gems of contemporary entertainment, shopping and comfortable hotels.
Side is an excellent choice for a holiday, whether your aim is to bathe in sun, sea and sand, or to rest in harmony with nature under a soft, green canopy, or to explore the region's unparalleled history. explore, enchanted by the ruins of ancient times.
Here, sea and air exist in perfect harmony, and where water meets the side of the peninsula, golden beaches pass to ancient ruins, cafes, excellent restaurants and souvenir shops. Natural wonders such as Manavgat Waterfall and Köprülü Canyon National Park are easily accessible. It is all there.
The old town Side was a trading center and the temples were built next to the harbor so that gods would protect it. One is the temple believed to be dedicated to Men, the God of the Moon, who stands next to the other temples. The people of Side worshiped Cybele and Men for Athens and Apollo. During the Christian era, the temples of the holy field were replaced by a basilica and a church. The basilica was built in the 5th century AD and the church was built in the 8th or 9th century.
The god and goddess of Side, Apollo and Athens, adorned the coins struck here. The reverse, however, showed the pomegranate, the symbol of fertility and life represented by Cybele and Athena. The word "Side" itself means pomegranate. Small and large, from coins to temples, these ancient objects provide us with very valuable information about Side's history, beliefs, culture and everyday life.
Gateway to ancient masterpieces:
Ancient Side welcomes its visitors through the Main Gate, located between two towers of the insurmountable city walls, right in front of the monumental fountain. The main entrance dates from the 2nd century and, together with the horseshoe-shaped courtyard with columns, was also used for ceremonial processions. The monumental fountain opposite the gate had three broad arches and a basin and was also built in the 2nd century. It is the largest ancient fountain in Anatolia. Originally the building had three levels and was decorated with marble cladding and reliefs, but currently there is only one level and some pool decorations can be seen. The Manavgat River supplied the fountain with water through aqueducts, wonderful examples of human ingenuity that interact with nature's gifts. Parts of the aqueducts are still visible.
As you walk through the main entrance and courtyard, there are two roads originally lined with Corinthian columns: the main road going straight ahead and another leading left. The main road, which channeled the social and cultural life of ancient Side, is lined with porches that provide sheltered access to the shops and houses, and runs through the agora and the city center, which once housed a bathhouse, theater and fountains. The road eventually reaches the tip of the peninsula, the site of the harbor and the temples, symbols of trade and religion.
Agora where slaves famous for their beauty were sold:
After entering Old Side and continuing on the main road, the groups of ruins on the left emerge from the Diocese Basilica, surrounded by columns and the palace. A little further down the same road, again on the left, is the commercial agora, one of the city's two agorae. In addition to its traditional function as a trading center and forum to discuss the political and economic situation, the commercial agora of Side was given a different function. In the first century BC, a passageway was built that connected the commercial agora to the nearby theater, and both the agora and the theater served as a slave market. In the middle of the agora, where slaves famous for their beauty were trafficked, there used to be a temple dedicated to Fortuna, the goddess of luck and commerce, who had a round plan with 12 columns of Corinthian capitals. The Agora was littered with porches and large stores behind it.
On a corner of the agora, next to the theater, stood the latrina, the city's public toilets. The latrina, a decorated structure covered with domes, and connected to the drains below the main road, is a testament to excellence in urban planning in ancient times.