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Selge Ancient City

Selge

The ancient Roman city of Selge is located on the high mountains above a dramatic gorge cut by the Koprucay, Bridge Creek.

The small village of Altinkaya has grown up amid the scant ruins of the Roman theater, agora temple of Zeus, city walls and a Byzantine church.

If you take a day excursion to Bridge Canyon National Park (Koprulu Kanyon Milli Park), you should also go another extra 12 kilometers to Selge to enjoy its picturesque mountain setting, the Roman ruins, and perhaps hike into the hills.

Although Selge was a relatively advanced city under the Romans, it always had water supply problems. The city has clever Roman engineers who solved the problem for a time, but the scarcity of water and the necessity of bringing it to the city over long distances has limited the growth of Selge. Even today, the Altinkaya village suffers from the same problem.

Even so, Selges Roman ruins are worth visiting. The theater seating is in fairly good condition. After nearly 2000 years of use, the skene stage wall was destroyed by lightning less tahn 100 years ago.

Renting a car is the best way to get to Selge. Plan a day excursion from Antalya, Belek, Side or even Alanya, and also plan to spend some time in Koprulu Kanyon. You might even want to go river rafting there.

If you decide to go with infrequent minibus dolmuses from Serik on the Antalya Alanya highway, you may have to stay overnight. Villagers will offer you space to roll out your sleeping bag, and may be able to cook you simple meals. Turkish people are extremely friendly and helpful to tourists and hope you will have the same feeling.