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Culture of Side. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

It’s worth to start exploring city's sights visiting the Agora square. Several centuries ago, it was the busiest place in the city; there were ​​stalls and a variety of craft workshops next to the square. Only several columns and ruins of an ancient temple have survived to these days; hundreds of tourists come to admire this place every day. Here is also the Museum of Side, the most visited cultural venue of the city.
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The museum is located in ancient terms, dating back more than a thousand years. The museum shows its guests an interesting collection of archaeological finds, including statues of Greek gods, bas-reliefs and sarcophagi, as well as various household utensils and ornaments. The building housing the museum is also of great historical value; next to the museum archaeologists still continue to work.
Those traveling Side in summer will have a great opportunity to see one of its most beautiful attractions - the ancient amphitheater. Its age is nearly two thousand years; the construction has perfectly preserved to this day, and thanks to the efforts of modern architects is presented to visitors in all its glory. Trips to the amphitheater are conducted in the daytime and in the evening, when the large-scale structure is illuminated by a spectacular lighting system. Copyright
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During an excursion you may visit the temple of Apollo, which was built back in the prehistoric era. For more than two thousand years, its slender marble columns has being streaming up; on a scenic coast its construction looks great. One of the most interesting buildings in Side is a Roman aqueduct constructed in the 2nd century BC
It is notable that the building is located in a hilly place that was quite difficult for the construction works, but ancient aqueduct looks like very sophisticated and well-planned project. How do ancient builders managed to achieve this accuracy still remains a mystery for modern scientists. The part of the fortifications has also survived. Those are massive stone walls that also appeal to fans of exciting excursions.
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Another magnificent structure from the ancient times has been preserved here – the fountain Vespasianus Çeşmesi, which was built in honor of Titus Flavius ​​Vespasian. The construction “opens” the entrance to the embankment of the city – the main attraction of the city, which is definitely worth a stroll along. During the walk here, you can enjoy gorgeous views of the beautiful ancient city of Side and the serene Mediterranean Sea. Nearby is the building of the ancient Side Antik Hospital (Bizans Hastanesi), which was built in the 6th century. The hospital was fairly well preserved, to understand how buildings of this kind were built at that time — and they were primarily functional.
Side, Turkey There is another ancient building which has a striking magnificence – the Nymphaeum fountain, framed by majestic marble columns. As you can easily guess from the title, the building is dedicated to water nymphs. During the construction, the building measured 35 meters in length and 15 meters in height. Today, unfortunately, there is not much left of the grand building. For exploring the local history, you should definitely visit the beautiful cultural center Manavgat Kent Muzesi. Among the exhibits on display here are Turkish national costumes, items used in everyday life, and crafts. By visiting the museum, you can get closer acquainted with the culture of the country.
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Culture guide to Side. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Side: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Side. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info! - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
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