Groups joined the Cultural trip to Side Ancient Theater and Alanya Castle along with cable car and guided tour.
Side Ancient Theater
Side Antique Theater is one of the structures that even people who did not go there heard the name from far. It is known that this structure, which is encountered after passing the fountain and arches while entering the ancient city, has a height of 20 meters and a capacity of 15 thousand people. When typical ancient theaters were built on a mountain or a mountain rears in Turkey, Side Ancient Theater was built on aqueducts. One of the main reasons for the construction of these theaters with special methods is the idea of protecting the audience in the struggles between gladiators and wild animals.
At the end of the buildings called Columnar Street during the ancient Side tour, there comes the Temple of Apollo. This temple, named after Apollo, known as the god of light, beauty and art, is thought to have been built in 150 A.D. This temple is located in the middle of the Byzantine Basilica on the one hand and it is thought that a part of the temple was deformed or dismantled during the construction of the basilica. The damaged building was restored after. In addition to the temple, which attracts great attention to those who want to watch the sunset, especially in the evening due to its location by the sea, it is possible to see the temples previously dedicated to the Mother of the Gods Kybele and the Moon God Men in this region.
Most of the castle was built in the 13th century under the Seljuq Sultanate of Rûm following the city’s conquest in 1220 by Alaeddin Keykubad I, as part of a building campaign that included the Kızıl Kule.
The castle was built on the remnants of earlier Byzantine era and Roman era fortifications. After the area was pacified under the Ottoman Empire, the castle ceased to be purely defensive, and numerous villas were built inside the walls during the 19th century. Today the building is an open-air museum. Access to the seaward castle is ticketed, but much of the area inside the wall, including the landward castle is open to the general public. The castle is located 250 metres (820 ft) high on a rocky peninsula jutting into the Mediterranean Sea, which protects it from three sides. The wall which surrounds the castle is 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi) long and includes 140 towers. 400 different cisterns were built to serve the castle. In 2009, city officials filed to include Alanya Castle and Tersane as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and they were named to the 2009 Tentative List.