The state of Antalya symbolizes all the religious studies of the past. Antalya is known as the "Turkish Riviera" owing to its natural elegance and archaeology. Antalya is the perfect location where sun, sea, natural world and history including its perfect harmony make it one of the most beautiful beaches along the Mediterranean. Antalya is located in the west of the Mediterranean. According to its history, Antalya protected all Pamphylia and the word Antalya means "the ground of all tribes". The Pergamum ruler Attalus, during the 1st century BC ordered his men to uncover the most beautiful place on earth. His objective was to find "heaven on earth".
When the Romans took over the Pergamene Kingdom, Attelia was turned to into a splendid Roman City. The great Roman Emperor Hadrina visited Attelia in 130 AD. An arch was built as a tribute, which is still standing at present and is worth seeing. Later in the year 1207, the Seljuk Turks took over the city and gave it an entirely different name. It was given the name Andalya and they built the Yivli Minaret during their time of domination in the region. After the Seljuk's, The Ottomans took over the city inside the Turkish Republic and they developed it into a Turkish city and an important harbor.
Antalya has developed rapidly since 1960 and its population has reached up to 1,719,751 according to the 2000 poll.
It's usually dry and hot in the summers and mild with rain in the winters. It has a distinctive Mediterranean weather:
dry and hot in summer and temperate with rain in winter. Sunshine is guaranteed from April to October along with
the winters that are agreeably meek. The dampness is slightly high, about 64% and the standard water temperature
is 21.5 °C. Antalya is in fact a heavenly place where the summer season is about 8-9 months long.
Antalya and its surroundings is an essential and remarkable tourist center in the Mediterranean Coast with its wonderful weather and superb harmony of history, archaeology, along with natural exquisiteness, all the way throughout the year. Everyday tours to the surrounding tourist pots like Alanya, Termessos, and Side are offered in addition to the longer sightseeing in Cappadocia or Pamukkale or wherever you may be interested going. Professional tourist guides are also offered.
City Walls: The Clock Tower as well as the monument Hadrian Arch are extraordinary and dates back to Hellenistic age.
Hadrian's Gate: This decorative mineral arc was build during the 2nd century BC by the Romans as a tribute to the Emperor Hadrian. It is the most remarkable spot in the entire prehistoric Pamphylia province.
Kesik Minaret (Broken Minaret): Previously it used to be a Byzantine Panaglia church later transformed into a mosque.
Yivli Minaret: the Seljuks constructed this fluted minaret in the 13th century, ornamented with dark blue along with turquoise floor covering. The minarets ultimately turned into a pictogram of the city.
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