Once a thriving capital city of the Pamphilia region, Perge today is a series of ruins that serves as a popular attraction just east of the city of Antalya. "And so what," many of you may remark, "there are a ton of crumbled cities along the Mediterranean coast. What makes Perge worth seeing?" Well for one, many civilizations called this once great city home. The Persians, Hittites, Greeks, Romans, and the Turks all occupied the city at one time or another. You may not recognize the unique lives of each of these peoples in the faded mosaics of stone artisan shops or the old Hellenistic city gates, but you'll no doubt sense the lives that lingered here: the daily washing in the Roman bathhouse, the lively conversation amid the many naked columns of the agora, and the excitement of an event in the 12,000 seat amphitheater.
Although it lacks the popularity of a Termessos, Perge has plenty to remind you that the world is not only a living document of cultures and customs, but a summation of historic cultures and customs. Such a revelation is truly evident when you walk among the remains of the ancient roadways or beneath fallen archways and imagine the water that flowed down the street to the central fountain. You may only wish that this city hadn't been allowed to fall into such disrepair.
Note:And while you're lingering east of Antalya, make your way to the Kursunlu Waterfalls for some undiluted natural beauty.