Ancient Theater, Side

Be transported back to the culture of antiquity at Ancient Theater, one of the well-preserved highlights of the Side ruins system. The mighty theater was originally constructed in 2 CE, boasting a seating capacity of 15,000-20,000--making it one of the largest of its kind in the Ancient Pamphylia region. Although some of the stage area has collapsed, the construction provides a vivid insight into life and entertainment millennia ago. After exploring the historical construction, take time to appreciate the views of the ruins complex as it sits amidst the surrounding countryside and the sea. There are special paths for visitors, but these are not particularly well-maintained; sensible shoes are recommended. Put Ancient Theater into our Manavgat trip itinerary builder app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Manavgat.
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  • We walked from our hotel which was a good few mile luckily we don’t mind a hike . This place was absolutely amazing . I highly recommend going to visit but recommend you take the correct Turkish...  more »
  • The historic town of Side is remarkable. Town gates, temples and homes are all present in a small setting together with the huge amphitheater. One of several surprising places that’s well worth a...  more »
  • Fantastically preserved and maintained Amphitheater, very impressive and well worth a visit. Cant remember the price for entry, but wasn't that expensive.  more »
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  • Only £4 by taxi from our hotel. Lots and lots of shops selling clothes, bags, etc. Lots of eateries and great views of ancient artifacts. There is a glass floor looking down onto mosaics and passages. Great day out
  • Entrance is 36TL per person. For children 6 and younger it is free. We had probably 30 minutes here. The views are great, and you can access a large part of the amphitheater (All seating area on the photos) which is much more than in Rome etc. There is various info boards in English and other languages which are helpful to gain knowledge.
  • It's absolutely beautiful, highly recommend! However, I'd appreciate more information about the theatre, there's only one big board with information in not so perfect English. Also, they do not accept Euros for payment so you have to change them to TL.
  • Its very nice and preserved but I personally would appreciate more information tables as I was nit visiting with a guide. It is better to visit this place eaely before it gets too crowded. Parking is huge and free.
  • Most of this is free, it's really just the amphitheatre that was playable I think. We didn't bother, queue was too long. Areas that are free are great to explore. Bit of a jumble but a great place to explore.

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