This is my next summer photo. Todai I'd like to come back to Turkey. There is a small part of ruins in Side.
The great ruins are among the most notable in Asia Minor. They cover a large promontory where a wall and a moat separate it from the mainland. During medieval times, the wall and moat were repaired and the promontory houses a wealth of structures.
There are colossal ruins of a theatre complex, the largest of Pamphylia, built much like a Roman amphitheatre that relies on arches to support the sheer verticals. The Roman style was adopted because Side lacked a convenient hillside that could be hollowed out in the usual Greek fashion more typical of Asia Minor. The theatre is less preserved than the theatre at Aspendos, but it is almost as large, seating 15,000 - 20,000 people. With time and the shifting of the earth, the scena wall has collapsed over the stage and the proscenium is in a cataract of loose blocks. It was converted into an open-air sanctuary with two chapels during Byzantine times (5th or 6th century).
The well-preserved city walls provide an entrance to the site through the Hellenistic main gate (Megale Pyle) of the ancient city, although this gate from the 2nd century BC is badly damaged. Next comes the colonnaded street, whose marble columns are no longer extant; all that remains are a few broken stubs near the old Roman baths. The street leads to the a public bath, restored as a museum displaying statues and sarcophagi from the Roman period. Next is the square agora with the remains of the round Tyche and Fortuna temple (2nd century BC), a periptery with twelve columns, in the middle. In later times it was used as a trading centre where pirates sold slaves. The remains of the theatre, which was used for gladiator fights and later as a church, and the monumental gate date back to the 2nd century. The early Roman Temple of Dionysus is near the theatre. The fountain gracing the entrance is restored. At the left side are the remains of a Byzantine Basilica. A public bath has also been restored.
The remaining ruins of Side include three temples, an aqueduct, and a nymphaeum. Side's nymphaeum – a grotto with a natural water supply dedicated to the nymphs – was an artificial grotto or fountain building of elaborate design.
There is also a virtually unknown, but expansive site, up in the Taurus foothills, several miles inland, known locally as Seleucia. Virtually unknown to the outside world and not represented on the internet at all, it is the Roman garrison, built by Marc Anthony, to support the city of Side. It covers at least a couple of square miles and is almost completely unexcavated, apart from two weeks in 1975, when the Turkish government funded two weeks of excavations. The site was, apparently, finally abandoned in the 7th century, when an earthquake caused the spring which fed the site with water to dry up completely. Many of the buildings are in remarkably good shape, particularly since, due to the lack of available stone, a significant quantity of the sites stonework contains egg and gravel based concrete blocks.
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emka (80912) 2013-12-10 23:30
It is a pleasure we can go back to visited places in our memories. beautiful vertical composition from Side, good idea to include this couple admiring the marvelous architecture of old temples.
WArm regrads Malgo
dkmurphys (50218) 2013-12-11 0:22
I love your returns to different places of the world. This is another beautiful image.
Enjoy a good day.
Subhogen (4065) 2013-12-11 0:41
Good view of architecture from a temple of the past.
I like the inclusion of the tourists who are admiring the details of the ruins. Good detailing on what is left of the ruins. Thanks for the share with a very informative note.
Nicou (124229) 2013-12-11 2:00
Super captage et compo ces deux personnage qui admirent ces colonnes avec le canelures et le rendu sur la pierre mervielleux.
Bravo et amitié
jhm (140629) 2013-12-11 2:01
I am always very interested in old architecture, also these ruin is interesting.
You did excellent addition the couple this for the scale.
Technical a very good picture also pleasant colours.
Composition and presentation make these picture attractive.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
krzychu30 (15498) 2013-12-11 2:34
I see you use the winter time to get back to the places you´ve visited earlier and to memory them.
This one is great!The ancient ruins are for sure beautiful and eye-catching,but I like even more the couple and the mood they create by their presence in the shot.Relaxing and curious atmosphere!
Have a nice day
Noel_Byrne (25296) 2013-12-11 4:27
Wonderful note to accompany your wonderful capture, its so much nicer to understand better what we see here on TE. Amazing the history and life that these ruins have seen, conversion to other uses, and all these years later the testament to the architects still stands as we can still enjoy the amazing detailed stonework. A great idea to include these tourists in the frame, showing perfectly the modern use of the complex; as a place for tourists to look back to the past!
All the best
Sergiom (62028) 2013-12-11 5:27
Tu as bien fait d'inclure ce couple de touristes devant cette superbe ruine Turque. Car c'est très difficile de les éviter, ils sont partout autour. Aussi bien les inclure.
holmertz (42273) 2013-12-11 8:18
Who wouldn't like to return to Turkey? I would gladly any time. I guess this could be called a kind of street-shot, which very nicely combines the ancient building with the tourists. I think those two persons make a total difference to the photo. The vertical crop was an ideal choice as well.
jcpix (13704) 2013-12-11 18:30
Howdy my dear frozen friend,
haha...you must really be enjoying posting and thinking back to these travels, sunshine and warmer days, eh? :)
This has been fun to follow along, and you're much better off for having taken the opportunity to visit these wonderful locations and have those memories!
I really like the inclusion of the couple here, looking upwards and helping to understand the true magnitude and size of these ruins. Beautifully rendered, exposed, and presented with detail and interest from top to bottom. Never hurts to day dream, right? ;)
My best and warmest regards,
photoray (12689) 2013-12-11 18:32
Interesting and historical scene of the Roman ruin, highlighting architectural and engineering expertise wide spread during the Roman Empire.
fabbs99 (16739) 2013-12-11 21:20
Old ruins make great photos.Great POV, colors and light. a very good work!Excellent composition, good presentation too. Very well done, TFS.
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-12 9:20
A minimal view of the portion of a ruined marvel.
Inclusion of the pair is a good decision. I like the slim vertical crop.
Beautiful presentation with a very good note.
worldcitizen (7123) 2013-12-12 9:31
I like this piece of the ruins that you chose to share. The vertical format works well, and the tourists add color and life to the scene. It's hard for me to imagine daily life in this spot so many years ago. I hope places like this continue to survive and be preserved.
BTW, it's finally freezing here in NYC. Maybe it's more like Russian weather than US weather. ;-)
danos (87923) 2013-12-12 10:47
well chosen the vertical format of this section of the archeological site of Side.The two visitors adds scale and a human presentation in these ruins.
mcmtanyel (14245) 2013-12-17 22:31
Return to Turkey - that's what I would love to do, only for a season, though. The texture of the walls is nicely captured.