|The main street of Perge with remnants of the water channel|
sarcophagi and a main street lined with marble pillars and many large statues. (We were to view many of the sarcophagi and statues from Perge later at the Antalya Museum).
|The bath house|
|Pillar in the main street with a carving of |
Diana, the huntress
|A sarcophagus from Perge|
I was impressed by the street washing system which consisted of a decorative channel of water running down the middle of the main street. At certain points during the day hatches were opened in the sides of the channel to allow water to flow out and flush the street clean. So simple, so attractive, so practical. And then there was the sophisticated heating and water recycling system at the bath house. Those Romans sure knew a thing or two! Perge was a city dedicated to the cult of the Goddess Artemis. It is known that a vast temple was built in her honour on a nearby hill but its ruins have never been found. Perge also had a Christian period in the 5th and 6th centuries AD when many churches were constructed. The Hellenistic, Roman and Christian eras are known as Perge's "bright periods". Interestingly Perge put up no resistance to the invasion of Alexander the Great in 333BC and, indeed, welcomed him. This was mainly due to the city's lack of fortifications leading the residents to believe it was better to befriend him than become embroiled in a futile battle.
Our visit to Perge was fascinating and enlightening but sometimes simple encounters with locals are just as memorable. Earlier in the day our trip to Antalya took us up over the beautiful Taurus mountain range. The scenery was stunning, how I imagine the Canadian Rockies to be.
|Taurus Mountains Anatolia|
fruit stall holders in the Taurus mountains