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Termessos is one of the most interesting ancient sites in Antalya. It's located inside the Gulluk Dagi National Park on the Taurus Mountains.

Probably due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, the city is one of the few places which Alexander the Great couldn't capture despite his siege in 333 B.C. All he could do in retaliation was to burn down the olive groves surrounding the town.

The inhabitants abandoned the city in the 5th century A.D. after an earthquake which destroyed a large part of the city. The most significant remains of the site are the fortified city walls, various towers, the Hadrian's gate, a gymnasium and a very well conserved theatre, tombs, temples, cisterns and drainage system. All of this is located in the mountains with a dense Mediterranean vegetation. The views from the theater, which had the capacity to host five thousand spectators, are magnificent.

Spread in the mountain there are more than 1000 tombs and sarcophagi, some of them presenting very well preserved roman inscriptions.

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