Thursday Doors: Termessos National Park; Antalya, Turkey

Something niggled at me to stay on the ship, when we first arrived in Antalya, Turkey. Hubby was not deterred by the planned excursion, so off he went. My last words to him, whenever he sets off alone is, “don’t forget I need some door photos! Did you hear that? I NEED door photos! Not, be careful or have a good time, but I NEED door photos. Shows you how devoted we have become to Thursday Doors! Today, hubby is visiting the Unesco World Heritage Site at the Ancient City of Termessos. If you would like to re-discover your inner Indiana Jones, this is the excursion for you! The bus took them further and further away from the port and higher and higher into the mountains. Here is the road up! As you can see, it is not too busy!

Driving Up to the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya Turkey

Finally, they turned off the main road, unto a much smaller road at the gated entrance into the park. Paying 91 cents each, they entered the park.

Entering Park for the Ancient City of Termessos: Antolya, Turkey

They also took a turn looking at the Termessos map. Number 1 on the map is the entrance and then you must drive a while longer, going higher and higher, to reach the parking lot. Some folks start their adventure here and walk all the way to the parking lot to take in the scenery, flora and fauna. Good for them.  Considering this group’s average age is in their mid-seventies, the walking did not start here!

Map for the Ancient City of Termessos, P is Parking Area, Dashed Lines are Hiking Trails up to City; Antolya, Turkey

Finally reached the parking lot……don’t have to be worried about being crowded out!

Parking Area at 3,444 ft for the Ancient City of Termessos, Antalya, Turkey

And, here is the first Doorway. The building is long gone. Who lived here, when and why? The people were known as the Solims, and lived a long time in this region and were known for their fighting. The ancient city was very developed with city walls, towers, a King’s Road, Hadrien’s Gate, Gymnasium Agora, theatre, and a complete cistern and drainage system from the Roman Period and richly decorated tombs from the Hellenistic Period. They enjoyed the good life while the other people in the region fought each other. They were so high up and so well protected, by the terrain, not too many folks took them on. Alexander the Great tried it and failed, and was so mad, he went to the next region and annihilated them!

Ruins in Parking Area for the Ancient City of Termessos: Antolya, Turkey

Once the bus was parked, the guests were introduced to their guide for the day, a young man in big hiking boots. This made everyone a little nervous, especially when he told them they would be climbing much higher up the mountain (Mount Güllük)  and the trail was  a little rough……….that proclamation scattered everyone to the restrooms.

View of Mountain at Top of which (650 ft higher) Lies the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

The hardy decided to go ahead and give it a try ……..

Start of Trek Up 650 ft in Elevation and About 1 Hour to the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

When the trail turned to this, some of the hardy turned back.

Path Gets Narrower and Rockier Up to the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

They came to the first city gate…………

Approaching Gate to the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

The scenery was gorgeous, but you also had to watch your step!

Looking Down Vally from the Gate for the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey
Path Entering the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

The next Doorway was at the internal gate.

Internal Gate for the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

Now, the hiking became a little trickier.

Near Top of Path (Now All Rocks and Boulders) to Get into the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

But, you could look up and see the beginning of the main part of the city, at least.

Looking Up to Part of Main Area of the Ancient City of Termessos: Antolya, Turkey

Hiking higher to the Baths and Gym……..this was the old main road.

Path up to Baths and Gym in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antolya, Turkey

Getting closer to the Theatre too.

Sign for Bath and Gym in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antolya, Turkey

To find the Doorways to the Gym

Gymnasium in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antolya, Turkey

Ah, there is still a Door in the Library!

Library in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antolya, Turkey

As well as in this building! Progress, however slight!

Building in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antolya, Turkey

Here, a Doorway above some Doorways……….

Building in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antolya, Turkey

and some more over here!

Building in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antolya, Turkey

With some entries covered in ivy…………….

Building in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antolya, Turkey

This really is a magical place and definitely off the beaten path……I doubt if there are too many visitors a year, although they claim over 10,000 people a year come here. However, the group needs a break before they take another turn to higher up the mountain to the amphitheater. We’ll start there next time! Cady

PS When hubby returned to the ship he had a few choice words for me. #1, You never would have made it. #2, Best 91 cents I ever spent. #3, I have some DOORS for you! What a guy!

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PS Here is the new 2023 Thursday Doors LOGO! Great work Teresa!

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. I laughed at your parting instructions for your husband. He did an excellent job.

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    “Did you hear that? I NEED door photos!” I like where you place your priorities 😉 And, your hubs did an excellent job. I love the photos of the ruins. Doors, doorways, entrances, gates, all good, and I’m glad he was doing the hiking.

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  3. From all appearances, Termessos obviously was a city of culture and refinement in its day. Many of those doors look like garden features! I would love one for my garden if only it were enclosed with stone walls, not wood pickets.

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    1. I would have loved some of those pieces for my garden as well! With a couple of the amphorae thrown in! Not only did these folks pick the right terrain to live on and fight off their foe, I think they kept out the pillagers as well! I also wondered how long it took people to find this place in the 20th century? It wasn’t exactly on the beaten path. It wasn’t going to be easy to haul anything down that mountain! So it remains as it was……..Cady

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  4. restlessjo says:

    It definitely looks like an ankle turning walk but I like to think I’d have been game. I like the sound of your husband 😁❤️

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    1. My husband is quite the guy, for sure. I would not have come off that mountain unhurt! Cady

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