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Archaeological Site of Perge of Turkey

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Ancient Perge, one of the chief cities of Pamphylia

Perge, the long-established city of Pamphylia region, is located 18 km east of Antalya and 2 km north of Aksu Village.
The Archaeological site of Perge has been excavated systemically by Istanbul University since 1946.Perge is famous for the fact that when Saint Paul started his journeys, he visited Perge in 46 A.D. and preached his first sermon here.
That's why it became an important city for the Christians during Byzantine period.The first excavations began in 1946 by the Istanbul University, and they resulted in many important discoveries.
A theatre exists there, consisting of three main sections: the seating, orchestra, and stage. It held 12,000 spectators, with 19 rows of seats on the lower section, 23 on the top section, and a 52-meter stage.The stadium measures 34 square meters, with 13 rows of seats on top of the vaults.
The eastern and western sides have 30 vaults each and the northern side has 10. For every three vaults, there is an entrance to the stadium, and the other two were used as shops. The Agora was the commercial and political center of the city, with shops surrounding the central courtyard, some of which have mosaics on the floor.The agora measured 76 square meters, with a circular structure, in the center with a diameter of 13.40 meters.
The colonnaded boulevard lies between the Hellenistic Gate and the nymphaeum on the slopes of the Acropolis. On both sides of the street, 20 meters in width, are porticoes, some up to five meters high, behind which are shops. The street is divided into two, by a 2-meter wide water canal running through the middle.
Other structures include the necropolis, city walls, gymnasium, Roman Baths, memorial fountain and the Greek and Roman gates.