Alexander the Great once likened Termessos to an eagle’s nest. The city's high-altitude location (over 3,000 feet) made it virtually impenetrable, saving it from any possible invasion by the Greek conqueror. As a result, its original inhabitants (the Solim people) lived in peace and remain a mystery. Scholars pin the end of the Solim’s time in Termessos to a loss of water supply. An earthquake wrecked the aqueducts and everyone just packed up.
They left behind a complex of buildings that have started to crumble over time. A giant Roman-style theater is the most impressive (and intact!) structure in the entire vicinity. The jagged horizon and clear skies play backdrop to the round stage. Take a seat and take it all in. It’s a quick drive from Antalya and an upward march up to the zenith. Just think: you can say you did something that Alexander the Great didn’t dare to.
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