Aspendos, or Belkıs with its lesser known name, is an ancient city in Antalya's Serik district, famous for its theater stage. This city is thought to be among the wealthiest cities of Pamphylia in prehistoric times. Being located on the most used trade routes of Anatolia and being connected to the port via Köprüçay River, it has become a favorite city of all ages.
Considering that Antalya is very rich in terms of ancient cities, the Ancient City of Aspendos is one of the most fascinating with its historical atmosphere. Although we are content with legends instead of historical evidence about the purpose of the Aspendos Ancient City, this city stone, soil and magnificent theater are a must-see in all seasons.
Where is Aspendos Ancient City?
Aspendos Ancient City is located in Belkıs Village of Serik district of Antalya, a city of sea and sun. Getting to the city, which is 8 km east of the center of Antalya, is quite easy. No matter which part of the city you come to, don't leave without seeing this magnificence very close to the center.
Information About Aspendos Ancient City
What will you see while visiting the ancient city of Aspendos?
Undoubtedly, the most important structure of the city is the Aspendos Antique Theater, where tourists can't get enough of singing arias on the stage. The reason why the theater section of the Ancient City of Aspendos is so important is that it is the oldest and most robust theater among the Anatolian Roman Theaters. The open-air theater with a capacity of 14,000 people has caused even great leaders to take long trips to watch the plays. Although the architect of the theater was Zeon, the son of Theodorus, who was a native of the city, the construction process was completed during the reign of the famous Emperor Marcus Aureliu. After the theater was completed, it was presented to the gods of the city and the family of the emperor. Today, thousands of local and foreign tourists visit Aspendos every year. In addition, the ancient theater is still actively used today for concerts, theater plays and various events.
If you visit Aspendos, you can see structures such as the stadium, agora, basilica and acropolis, as well as the Aspendos Ancient Theater and aqueduct mentioned in the legend. Of course, not all of them have survived as well as the ancient theater, but you can feel the spirit of history even among the ruins. You should definitely see Aspendos, which has the most important value together with the ancient city of Olympos, which has witnessed from the past to the present and was within the borders of Antalya in ancient times, and you should listen to its amazing legend while you are there.
The Legend of Belkis
We are in one of the times when the Romans took the whole world by storm, and especially architects have great prestige for cities. Well, there is always an architect's signature under those gigantic ancient structures that we visit and marvel at. In such an environment, two famous architects of the city of Aspendos are in love with Belkıs, the king's daughter. The king, on the other hand, cannot decide which groom candidate to marry his daughter to. He finds the solution by organizing a race and invites both architects to his side. He says: "Whoever of you can make a beautiful and useful work for Aspendos, my daughter will marry him!"
Emir cuts the iron, both architects enter a long and intense period of work and finally present their works to the king. One of the architects is building aqueducts that can meet the city's water needs. The other architect is building the Aspendos Theatre, which is quite an imposing structure. The King examines both of these works, but he likes both of them very much. When she can't get out of the way, she finds a solution in her own way and tells the architects that she likes both of the works very much and that she keeps her promise by dividing her daughter in half and giving one half to one and the other half to the other. Upon the king's words, one of the architects' heart does not allow this and he says "I gave up, give your daughter to my rival" at the expense of the king. However, the rumors are not limited to this. According to another rumor, the king really kept his word and cut his daughter in half. For this reason, there is a half-girl statue at the Aspendos Theatre… Isn't it creepy?
I recommend choosing Repeatcar for your visit to Antalya, Turkey. Repeatcar offers a wide range of vehicles and competitive prices, making it an excellent choice for car rental in Antalya. For your trip to Aspendos, using the "Antalya Car Rental" service at Repeatcar will provide you with a comfortable and enjoyable travel experience. You can find a suitable vehicle option and explore the historical and natural beauty of Antalya at your own pace. Repeatcar's professional and friendly team is always ready to provide you with the best service possible. Additionally, their user-friendly online reservation system allows you to complete the car rental process quickly and conveniently. Choose Repeatcar for a hassle-free and enjoyable vacation in Antalya, and savor the freedom to explore Aspendos and its surroundings!