History of Side

History of Side

History of Side
6/29/2019 12:00:00 AM
Side Tour
Side (pomegranate) is located in the region of Pamphylia in Anatolia (today's Turkey). Side was trading center in Hellenistic and Roman times, and a base for Cilician pirates in the 1st and 2nd centuries BCE. One of the first things that you will notice, on arrival, is that modern Side is a tourist town, and place with a long history which has left behind numerous buildings and ruins. The most complete ruin at Side is the theater complex which is the largest in the Roman style in the region, where was enough space for 15.000 people. The ancient harbor in Side was constructed during the Hellenistic period and is located on the southeast part of the peninsula next to the temples of Athena and Apollo which are still standing in part on the beaches of Side. There are also the remains of a Byzantine hospital, basilica and three temples. An aqueduct and nymphaeum (a building decorated with marble reliefs) can also be seen. For history lovers, Side is the perfect place for visit.