Sagalassos Ancient City – Burdur

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Sagalassos is 7 kilometers north of Ağlasun District and 1700 meters above sea level on the slopes of Akdağ. Sagalassos is the most important city of the Pisidia Region during the Roman Imperial Period. Most of the buildings in the city belong to the Roman Period. The first identification of Sagalassos was made in 1706 by the French traveler Paul Lucas. Houses at the entrance in the city between the clouds, below the bath, lime and metal kilns, lower agora (bazaar), fountain and odeon, above, the residences as you move towards the north, the theater on the right, the neon library, Hellenistic fountain, ceramic production center, the upper agora in the city center, the parliament building, the church, the heroon on the upper left, the temple and the Claudius gate.

Sagalassos Ancient City - Burdur

Sagalassos Ancient City – Burdur

Sagalassians BC. He is from the Pisidian people, a branch of the Luwian tribes living in Western and Southern Anatolia at the end of the 3rd millennium BC. B.C. Alexander the Great captured this city in 333 BC. Sagalassos entered the dominions of Seleucid (Seleukos) and Attalid (Attalos), BC. In 25 BC, it was annexed to the territory of the Roman Empire by Amyntas, the king of Galatia, and then by Augustus. The much larger economic growth that started when Hadrian chose Sagalassos as the official center of the Pisidian imperial cult in the 120s initiated a century of development growth. The city continued to develop until the middle of the 6th century AD. It was destroyed in the great earthquake in 590. M.S. A few small villages remained standing among the ruins of the city until the Seljuks destroyed the last Byzantine castles in the middle of the 13th century.

Sagalassos Ancient City - Burdur

Sagalassos Ancient City – Burdur

Its most prominent feature is the magnificent Antonine fountain. The city experienced its best economic, political and social period during the reign of Emperor Hadrian (2nd century AD). Sagalassos is perhaps one of the best preserved ancient settlements in Asia Minor, from the day it was abandoned. Sagalassos was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in 2009. Sculptures of Emperor Marcus Aurelius and Emperor Hadrian, which are estimated to be around 5.5 meters in height, and other artifacts unearthed during the excavations are exhibited in the Burdur Museum.

Source: Culture Inventory, Ankara 2007

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