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Antalya is one of the most famous cities of Anatolia, always able to represent a landing place of extreme importance
The words of Ibn Battuta
“From here I left for the splendid Antalya, a very popular city, among the most beautiful, largest and best organized in the world.”Ibn Battuta
The city was officially founded in 150 BC. from Attalus II with the name of Attaleia, however, excavations in 2008 at nearby Doğu Garajı suggest that the latter was built on an inhabited center from the 3rd century BC. . The next monarch, Attalus III, had no descendants, thus deciding to donate the kingdom of Pergamum to Rome and with it also the city of Attaleia. With the arrival of
Under the Byzantine Empire it became one of the most important and renowned cities in the whole of Anatolia, so much so that it was the head of the southern province of Kibyrrhaioton. Thanks to its strategic position it became a perfect connection point between
From the arrival of the Seljuks, Antalya will follow the fate of the rest of the peninsula, then passing to the Ottomans. Under the new lords, however,
Until the Population Exchange with Greece, the city had 1/3 of the population of Hellenic origin, a small Armenian and a Jewish community. Starting from the 20th century, its port acquired more and more importance, becoming essential for the exchanges of raw materials of the hinterland. In 1985 Dalida will hold her last concert here.
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