Pre-Conference Excursion

Thursday, October 12nd, 2023

Excursion – €25

Exploration of the Phaselis Ancient City

  • 09:00 Departure from the Hotel
  • 09:25  Arrival and guided tour of Phaselis Ancient City with an English-speaking professional guide
  • 11:00   Swimming in the gorgeous Mediterranean sea
  • 12:30  Conclusion of our excursion, followed by the return trip to the hotel

Phaselis is not only a historically rich place to visit, but it’s also a beautiful national park to enjoy on a sunny day. Indeed, in the Tekirova district of Antalya, the ancient city of Phaselis is a true natural beauty, where historical ruins are waiting for you to discover under the shade of pine trees.

Phaselis was one of the most important cities of the Lycian League. The Roman ruins are well preserved and the three harbors of the ancient city are used as beaches today.

The word Phaselis means “the place protected by Gods” in Ancient Greek. Most of the ruins in Phaselis date back to the Roman and Byzantine periods.

Here are some of the different parts of the ancient city you will see.

Protection Walls: The walls surround the city from the sea to protect it from pirate attacks.

Aqueducts: The length of the aqueduct is about 450 m. The Aqueducts are the oldest structures that have survived until today in Phaselis.

Hadrian’s Arch: The harbor street connects the middle and south harbors. Hadrian’s Arch is located at the south entrance of the street. The fancy gate was built to welcome Roman Emperor Hadrian in AD 131. Hadrian’s Arch’s support legs still remain in situ on the main street. There is a dedication inscription to Hadrian on the architrave blocks of the arch. There is also an agora next to the south harbor. Read our article about Hadrian’s Arch in Antalya

Roman Baths: There are two Roman bath complexes in Phaselis, one small and the other large. Both complexes date back to the 3rd century and used the hypocaust system.

Latrina: The Latrina is located to the north of the small bath and dates back to the 3rd century. Its floor is covered with mosaics

Theater: The small theater is characteristic of a typical Hellenistic Period theater. From the remains its possible to tell that the stage building was added during the Roman period. The Hellenistic theater dates back to the 2nd century, although there is a large possibility that there was a theater here before this. It has the capacity to hold about 1,500 spectators.

Basilica: Opposite the theater, you can see the remains of a small basilica that dates back to the Byzantine period. It’s controversial whether the basilica here was a congregation or an episcopal church.

Acropolis: The main goddess of the city was Athena, the Goddess of War and Wisdom. The Temple of Athena and some other important structures that have not been found yet are considered to be located on the Acropolis hill today.

Phaselis Beach: There are 3 different bays: the North Bay, the Ancient Bay, and the South Bay. The three beaches here were used as ports in ancient times.

If you dive, you can see the remains under the water. Make sure to bring a snorkel and mask when packing for Phaselis.


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