Antalya has a number of Pamphylian (Pamphylia is the ancient geopolitical region encompassing modern day Antalya) Greco-Roman ruins in the area. Perge is one of these ancient ruins, which has been extensively excavated since 1946 (still ongoing) giving visitors a chance to visualize what the ancient city looked like back then.
While we were in Fethiye, we rented a car so that we could check out the various ruins that weren’t that easily reached by public transportation. The ruins around Antalya, fortunately, are more accessible by public transit.
To reach Perge, we took the tramvay from Old Town to Aksu (30-minute ride), and then walked a short 20 minutes to the ruins. The walk wasn’t scenic, but time passed quickly when we’re in good company with each other.
Perge is one of the best laid out cities in all of Anatolia as we would later find out. One of its most famous resident is Apollonius, the Ancient Greek geometer who coined the terms hyperbola, parabola, and ellipse. A person all 7th and 8th graders need to thank for making their math classes that much more interesting.
We spent a good 3 hours at Perge just marveling at the city and structures. By the time we got back into town, it was time for dinner.