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Temple of Apollo, Side

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Feel the enormous weight of history at the ancient ruins of Temple of Apollo on the Side peninsula. Dedicated the Greek god of light and sun, the temple has a counterpart dedicated to Athena, and both were constructed around the 2nd century CE. Take in a view of the harbor from here and appreciate the intricate detailing of the marble. While most of the temple lies in ruins, the remaining columns and foundation make it easy to imagine how this impressive temple would have once appeared. Plan to visit Temple of Apollo during your Manavgat vacation using our convenient Manavgat tourist route planner.
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  • After coming over the many street vendors, we came up to the Temple of Apollo. It is a fine addition to the water and looks great. A highlight compared to a less exciting tourist town.
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  • Surrounded by ruins, bar, restaurants, shops, sea and markets, Literally everything, so nice in the evening as well as the day, so much atmosphere, miss it and would love to go back.  more »
  • Not a lot to see but what is left of this temple is fantastic overlooking the sea the history of the temple is there for all to read, fascinating.  more »
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  • From 2nd century A.D. the importance of Apollo rose higher than that of Athena. The Apollo Temple lies on the east of the Athena Temple and was reconstructed in the 2nd century A.D. The temple is in Corinthian order and has 6x11 columbs, over which are a spectacular friese decorated with Medusa heads. The south and southwest facades of the building was restored in 1980's. On this place there is also South Basilica: In the 5th century A.D. a basilica with three naves and a large atrium was built over the area of Athena and Apollo temples. The church is formed by nartexes (corridors) on the sides and a central apsis with a synthronon in the middle. On the both sides of the apsis are pastophorium rooms and on the south-east corner of the basilica was added a central planned building. Even though there remains no archeological or epigraphic evidence, this building may have been a martyrion (grave of the saint). The basilica was destroyed in the 7th century A.D. in the middle of the old church a new and smaller church has been constructed using spolia stones from the old church. Parts of these temples are reconstructed and even though there are only residues, they are huge and astonishing.
  • Historical remains take you to the past. All "Side" town is like an open-air museum. If you are around here, you really should visit here.
  • Beautiful temple with great views
  • Still getting rebuilt so technically not antique unlike Ephasis
  • Nice place. There are something to see