■ Things to do and See

Antalya is one of Turkey’s most important tourism centres, and with historic sites within its borders, ancient cities, theatres of thousands of years and wonderful nature it attracts millions of visitors each year. Every year, millions of tourists from many different parts of the world come to visit Antalya. There are many points to see in and around Antalya which is spread over a large area.

Hadrian’s Gate

Mermer Gate in Antalya, Hadranus Gate, or Hadrian Gate, also known as the Three Gates, was built in 130 AD to commemorate Roman Emperor Hadrian’s visit to Antalya. The three-arched structure also has an inscription. From the statues of the emperor and his family on the gate, only the inscription has survived. Hadrian’s gate, standing with its magnificent appearance, is seen as one of the most important works reflecting the ancient periods of Antalya. This gate near Kaleici is also known as a part of the city walls surrounding the city. It is highly recommended to see the carved and relief decorations of the door and the ornate marble columns. The gate, which was restored in 1959, is in the centre of the city, making it easy to get there from the city centre by minibuses or buses.

Hidirlik Tower

Hıdırlık Tower located in the Karaalioglu park, is understood to be built in the second century by the investigation made. The lower floor of the historic tower is square and the upper part is cylindrical. The height of the tower is 14 meters and it is not known exactly for what purpose it was built and for what purpose it was used. The tower, which was used as a lighthouse in the period it was built, is estimated to be used by the ships to dock and in later periods it was estimated to be used as a mausoleum and defence castle. There are tea gardens, cafes and restaurants around the tower which has a magnificent view. The entrance is free and since it is in the city centre it is easy to reach by foot or by minibus.

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The original texture of Kaleici, which was taken under protection in 1972, was maintained and restored. Today, Kaleici has become an entertainment centre with hotels, pensions, restaurants and bars. The walls surrounding Kaleici are common works of Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman states. In Kaleici, where the architectural structures are preserved, many historical houses with tiled roofs as well as restored historic houses and narrow streets take visitors on a journey through time. Other points of attractions in Kaleici include the Antalya Toy Museum, Hadrian’s Gate, the Yivli Minaret Mosque and the Cut Minaret Mosque. Souvenir sellers, tattoo artists, carpet-rug sellers and textile shops in Kaleici, which is visited by thousands of people every day, have added a different atmosphere to Kaleici. Kaleici is located in the city centre and there are many types of means of transportation which makes it easier to reach.

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Yivli Minaret Mosque

It was built between the years 1219 and 1230 by the Anatolian Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubat.Yivli Minaret, the first Turkish structure of Antalya, is located on the shores of Kaleici port. The body of the minaret, ...

Murat Pasha Mosque:

It was built in 1570 by the Ottoman Grand Vizier Murat Pasha. The garden of the mosque was restored in 1960 and has centuries-old plane trees and benches to sit on. The mosque has four domes in total, and it is possible to see eye-catching stonework in the architecture of the mosque. Located 550 meters away from Kaleici, the mosque is open to local and foreign tourists.

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Antalya Clock Tower:

It was built in 1901 by Grand Vizier Küçük Sait Pasha for Abdulhamid II. The clock tower, which was built with a square body, is 14 meters high and the bastions on the tower are 9 meters high. The clock tower, which has become the symbol of Antalya, is located on Cumhuriyet street in the eastern part of the castle gate in the city centre. Bastions were added on the tower since the dome on the castle was damaged due to a storm occurred in 1945. On the bell in the clock tower are the reliefs of Jesus, Mary and a saint. Transportation to Kaleici, the Three Doors, the Clock Tower is very easy.

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Antalya Museum

The museum has an area of 30 thousand square meters and has 14 exhibition areas. These include Natural History and Prehistory Hall, Gods Hall, Sarcophagus Hall, Ceramic Works Hall, Mosaic Hall, Dead Cult Hall, Regional Excavations Hall, Marble Portraits Hall, Coin Small Works and Icons Hall, Emperors Hall, Perge Theater Hall, Ethnography Hall, Natural History and Prehistory Hall and Children’s hall.

The museum, which has thousands of historical monuments, contains historical ruins of the ancient cities of Lycia, Pamphylia and Pisidia. Herakles statue attracts the most attention in this gallery. Antalya Museum, which was awarded the Museum of the Year award by the Council of Europe in 1988, is open to visitors every day of the week.

Antalya Museum opening and closing hours are between 08:00 and 19:00 and the museum cardholders can visit free of charge. You may easily find buses and minibuses headed for the museum which is located on Konyaalti Street. There is a parking lot for the visitors and a cafeteria and conference hall in the museum.
Antalya Museum Konyaalti Street no: 88
07050 Antalya
Tel: +90 242 238 56 88 /89
Email: [email protected]


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Antalya Atatürk House Museum

This building, which was also used as an office of the governor for a period, was built in the 20th century and was presented to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk during his visit to Antalya. Renovated in 1986, the historical building was opened to serve as the Atatürk House Museum. There are an art exhibition, newspaper clippings and pictures related to Ataturk’s visit to Antalya, coins and paper money printed by the establishment of the Republic of Turkey until today and a separate section of commemorative coins, belongings of Ataturk and a a Macrovision room where you can watch the documentary about Atatürk in the museum. Located 650 meters from Kaleici and 150 meters from Karalioglu park, Ataturk’s house is free of charge and open to visitors between 08:00 and 17:00 every day of the week. Atatürk house museum’s address: Haşim işcan Mahallesi Fevzi Çakmak Caddesi No: 11 Muratpaşa / Antalya

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Ancient City of Termossos and Gulluk Mountain National Park

Güllük Mountain National Park is a botanical garden with its magnificent nature and vegetation and it is home to many wild animals.