Lyrbe (Seleukeia in Pamphylia)


Shortly after passing the Roman aqueduct, look for a sign on the left marked ‘Lyrbe (Seleukeia’; 7km). Continue on through the village of Şıhlar, and note the small bits of columns built into the walls of the village’s stone houses. Take the road to the right opposite the minaret, which winds another 3km uphill to the ruins.

The ruins, some quite crumbled and others in rather well-preserved condition, are particularly appealing due to their hilltop location. Situated among an expanse of pine trees, the site is shaded and somewhat forested, and can be cool even on hot summer days. Many of the buildings are difficult to identify, although you can clearly make out a bathhouse, an agora and a necropolis.

For years, archaeologists believed this site to be the Seleukeia in Pamphylia, founded by Seleucus I Nicator, a presumably egocentric officer of Alexander the Great who founded a total of nine cities in his own honour. However a fairly recent discovery of an inscription found in the city, written in the language  of ancient Side, has convinced researchers that this site is more likely the ruined city of Lyrbe.

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Lyrbe, Bucakşeyhler, Manavgat Cd., 07330 Manavgat/Antalya, Türkiye

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