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The ancient city of Side is partly situated below the present Selimiye, a resort on the Turkish Riviera. The city lies between the cities of Antalya and Alanya in the district of Manavgat, which is one of the Turkish province of Antalya. Side looks back on an approximately 3500 years long past and in ancient times was an important port city in the region of Pamphylia, as this landscape was called to the middle south coast in ancient times. From the ancient port city, many buildings have been preserved.

Side in antiquity

The ancient Side is located on a flat peninsula with port facilities on top. The church historian Eusebius ( 4th century ) dates the founding of the city at 1405 BC, the ancient tradition assumes that Side was founded around the 7th century BC by Aeolian Kyme from. The important ruins are from the Roman era, the 2nd and 3rd centuries. Other important buildings were erected, as a side bishop's seat was in the 5th or 6th century. The city was probably abandoned in the 10th century. An earthquake in the 12th century destroyed many of the remaining buildings permanently. Side was supplied through aqueducts with drinking water from the river Manavgat 30 kilometers away. Remains of aqueducts are to be seen at various points yet.

Language of Side: The side tables

The language of the ancient Sides - other than the language of the Greek colonizers - a side table called Anatolian language. The Side tables seems to have died before the birth of Christ. It is reported that the Greeks had made ​​the language of our own from Kyme ( Arrian, Anabasis ). Side is Greek as on Side Table: Pomegranate.

Side today

Turkish refugees from Crete founded in 1895 on the southern half of the abandoned ancient city of Side, the fishing village of Selimiye. In 1947 the first excavations, which continue to this day. Side was provided in 1966 by the UNESCO protection. The fishing village was discovered in the 1970s as a seaside resort and experienced since then as many places on the Turkish Riviera with ongoing upswing in tourism. The place Selimiye overbuilt today the southern part of ancient Side and is the center of Side. In this densely populated part remained only a few ancient buildings, such as the harbor and the Great Therme thermal baths. The northeastern part of the ancient city area is covered by a dune. From the Temple of Apollo at the harbor five columns were re-erected and form due to its exposed location, a photo motif popular. On both sides of the peninsula are extensive sandy beaches with behind hotel facilities.

The gently sloping sea is excellent for snorkelling. A special attraction is the observation of the numerous sea turtles in the vicinity of the beach west of Side.


From ancient Side some important ruins have been preserved, the most important among them are:

  • Theater for about 20,000 spectators
  • Nymphaeum
  • Aqueducts
  • Agora
  • State Agora (library )
  • Large Therme
  • Port Therme
  • Colonnaded streets
  • City ​​Walls
  • Apollon-/Artemis-Tempel, is a Byzantine church was later built
  • Basilica and Bishop's Palace
  • Side Museum in the Agora -Therme


Ruins at the city gate

Grand Gate

Colonnaded street

Seen ruins of the Agora of the ranks of theater, in the foreground the stage

Theatre, Stage

Theater, exterior view