Drama of the Roman Empire: The Theaters at Aspendos and Perge
- Aspendos: Built into the side of a hill during the reign of Marcus Aurelius and in use into modern times, this theater is a marvel of Roman architecture and acoustical design.
- Perge: Stroll among the columns of the agora; see ancient baths, a gymnasium, one of Turkey's first churches, and the ruins of a theater that once held 12,000.
- Artisan Center: Shop one of the region's largest carpet and jewelry handicraft centers and learn about the traditional techniques involved in the art of weaving.
About this Alanya tour
The Aspendos theater's acoustics are so remarkable that one story has echoed for nearly two millennia.
Back in the year 155, the local king decided to hold a contest to see who could create the most beneficial new public works project. The prize would be his daughter's hand in marriage.
When the projects were complete, the king carefully examined all and narrowed the field to two candidates: The first had built a system of aqueducts to deliver water to the city from far away. The second, an architect and native son, constructed a 15,000-seat theater faithful to the Greek tradition. The king, likely a practical sort, was leaning toward the aqueduct as winner. But then someone asked him to take just one more look at the theater.
While checking out the upper galleries, the king heard a deep voice repeating, "The king's daughter must be given to me." Puzzled, the king could find no source for this voice anywhere. It was the architect himself, speaking in a low voice from the stage to show off the superb sound projection he had designed into his theater. The architect won the hand of the princess and married her in the theater, where every word of the ceremony was, no doubt, heard by all in attendance.
The transvestite saint of Perge
Perge was an important Christian center from the time that the Apostle Paul preached here in the 1st century; it is also the birthplace of St. Matrona, a 6th-century saint who dressed like a man to avoid her abusive husband while serving in a monastery. Eventually discovered, she established a convent where the nuns all dressed as monks – possibly the only community of its kind in the Christian world.
Please proceed to the Port Coach Parking lot and look for our tour representative with the displayed logo sign. Be sure to indicate the name of your hotel at check-out so we know where to meet you.
Please consider your mobility and physical fitness before selecting this tour. Participants must be able to walk continuously for approximately 2 hours over 1.5 miles over uneven terrain including steps and ramps.
Cultural, Full Day, Bus Tour, Walking Tour
English, German, Spanish, French, Italian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is not recommended for travelers with walking difficulties or who cannot manage steps.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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