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Hadrian's Gate, Antalya

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Hadrian's Gate represents a triumphal arch dedicated to Roman emperor Hadrian, who came to the city in 130 CE. The gate sits flanked by two towers and richly decorated with marble columns, coffered ceilings, and stone carvings featuring floral motifs, rosettes, and lion heads. While the southern tower was built in Hadrian's time, the upper part of the northern tower represents the Seljuk period. Notice the deep trenches in the stone pavement under the central arch, imprinted by the wheels of thousands of wagons. Nearby streets are lined with restaurants and shops selling carpets, glassware, spices, and dried fruit. Observe the three-arched gate from one of the benches of the park on its east side while sipping tea (seek out an itinerant çaycı--a Turkish tea waiter). With our custom trip planner, Antalya attractions like Hadrian's Gate can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • A sight that can be seen just off one of the main shopping roads leading into the old town area. Nice bit of Turkish history that was free to walk through. Worth seeing if you are in the area.  more »
  • Here is an ancient historical part of Antalya in the middle of the city. The gates are one the entrances to Old City. It is free to see and a normal place for locals :)  more »
  • There're stairs to the closed door in the middle of tower)) Interesting views, some broken steps and absolutely free entrance.  more »
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  • Beautiful gate with history attached to it but too timid to be clasify as a historical spot or main tourist spot.
  • While the history and significance is lovely...i found the site lacking in any offering and or entertainment. A pointless visit from me
  • Enigmatic structure conjuring images of the dynamic Roman hegemony over a millennia ago. The structure marks an entrance to the old picturesque village perched on a defensive promontory overlooking the eastern Mediterranean.
  • Nice photo op in the beautiful city of Antalya. Very near to some of the mid-range, tourism-based restaurants/cafes, if that's what you're into.
  • Nice gates! Hadrian should be happy to have such beautiful gates.

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The Mediterranean holiday spot of Antalya is abundant in places to stay. The Old Town of Kaleiçi boasts a plethora of small guesthouses and hostel offerings set in traditional Ottoman houses of stone. Often accompanied by a charming backyard pool and garden out front, these affordable accommodations are just a stone's throw from the harbor and amenities. You can find a few upscale boutique hotels here as well. If you're looking to splurge a little more, head to the suburb of Lara, just east of Antalya. Here, four- and five-star all-inclusive resorts dominate the sandy beaches.
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