SELEKUEIA ANCIENT CITY
There is such a wonderful selection of ancient sites to visit around the region of Antalya and Selekueia is one that is more off the beaten track. It is also 15 kilometres east from Manavgat. This ancient city dates back to 330 BC but it was only discovered in the 1970s. It is also one of the nine cities named after Seleukos Nicator, one of Alexander the Great’s generals. It is believed that the City was used as a fortified town to be used as a final protection site if there was an attack on Side. As the Ancient City is not that popular on the tourist route, you tend to find yourselves the only ones there, which makes it all the more special to explore these well-preserved ruins. You will see that the ruins here reflect a lot of Roman stylistic features here. Note the high city walls that conceal the well-preserved forum, ancient shopping square, Hellenistic mosaics, an ancient music hall, a Byzantine church and a temple possibly devoted to Apollo. Some of the other artefacts found here from archaeological excavations are now displayed at the Antalya Museum.
For other great ancient cities of Lycia, travellers quite enjoy visiting Arykanda Ancient City, Perge Ancient City and Selge Ancient City.