Turkey is a country of wild contrasts. Not long after my time in Cappadocia, I was to spend three full and beautiful days in Antalya. The capital of Anatolia, it is situated in south western Turkey on the Mediterranean coast and was a thriving port city in the Byzantine era. Most of my time was spent in the 'old city', Kaleici, which was a half hour walk from my hotel. You enter through Hadrian's Gate which was constructed in 130AD and is your portal into this magical town within the city. I loved to stroll through this small, shaded park and watch the old men chat and simply enjoy themselves. A turkish tea waiter would circle around offering refreshments...you can see part of the arched gate to the right,
The smell of the salt water drew me to the water's edge and the boats. The ancient wall still stands,
I loved the rugs hung on the stone walls,
Hours were spent in the small streets,
A glimpse of a private oasis...
This is the shop where I bought one of my Persian rugs...I still remember beauty, colour, texture, the cup of tea and the kind owner who is in the third photo...
One of my many delicious meals was here and it was inexpensive. The cafe was built into the thick wall and its stone corridor fascinated me...
No, this is not an apartment. The owner of the restaurant worshipped Ataturk and this was the glorious entry to his fine establishment,
That is a really nice set of photos. It looks like a very pleasant calm place, completely different from the turbulence of a place like Istanbul.
I am probably one of the very few people who has never been interested in Turkish or Persian carpets. I could walk by thousands of them without giving them a glance, even though I think they look just fine when I see them in someone's home.
Hwnn...Yes, it is a Roman arch. Old Antalya was originally fortified by the Romans with the wall that has stood the test of time. The first few photos show the excellent shape it is in. The arch in the above photo (now a shop!) was probably a triumphal arch at one time. However, the most beautiful and outstanding triumphal arch is Hadrian's Gate which was built to honour Hadrian and is the only one in use today.
One of my favorite pictures above is the one of the heavy stone walls surrounding the massive tree trunk heavily festooned with somber greenery ~~ all cheerfully lightened by the frilly bubble-gum pink chairs.
Kerouac, Antalya is a very old town. It was founded by Attalos, king of Peragamon, around 150BC as a naval base for his powerful fleet. Older excavations have been uncovered that date to the 3rd centuryBC....see History,
That the houses do not appear to be that old is the fault of the photographer (me)...these were shot 10 years ago, long before I thought I would be posting on an internet forum. Many older buildings exist, I will try to find some online. Probably, Antalya has been hit with earthquakes often...I do know that within my month in Turkey in 1999 we were (unknowingly) mid a terrible earthquake time and they erupted all around us as we travelled throughout Turkey.
Bixa, The columns aren't a later addition, they are simply a restoration/cleanup of the columns built in 130BC. This is Hadrian's Gate. The beauty of the photo that you like is that this restaurant is built into the original and existing wall to protect the town which was built around 130BC. My special photo is of the archway/corridor leading to the bathrooms....I once worked on a film and showed this to the very arrogant DOP (director of photography) and he loved this photo.
Jazz - your pictures inspire me to pack my bags and leave at once to visit Antalya which seems to have all the requisites that appeal to me. You mention the strong smell of the sea - how wonderful! I haven't travelled much in Turkey. I love old cities.