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Side Ancient City Antalya Turkey


A flawless mix of old and new...

Side, Antalya is an ancient Greek settlement which lies on the southern coast of Mediterranean Turkey. The name of this historical port town means pomegranate in the Luvi language. It is unique in terms of managing to protect its language and culture against the conquests of Alexander the Great which aimed the Hellenize the territories he controlled.

Due to this resistance, today the excavation still is unearthing new founding written in the Luvi language. Recent excavations executed in the area are indicating and early history of the city dating back to 2nd century BC. With the help of its good harbor, it was not only a trade center but also a focal point for the slave market.

Today, it is a great beach resort destination visited by a couple of hundred thousand people for its unique remaining as well.