Published On: Fri, Nov 29th, 2019

Sagalassos, the city of lovers and emperors in Burdur, Turkey



Sagalassos, the city of lovers and emperors in Burdur, Turkey

Sagalassos is known as one of the important cities that reflects the best examples of Roman architecture. Excavations in the ancient city, which was also distinguished as being one of the 5 largest ceramic production centers of the period, were carried out under the direction of Belgian Professor Marc Waelkens of Leuven Catholic University in 1989. After the retirement of Waelkens, Dr. Jeroen Poblome took over.

Sagalassos, the city of lovers and emperors in Burdur, Turkey

The city which looks down on deep valleys, resembling an eagle’s nest at 750 meters above sea level, dazzles with the Antonines Fountain, its agora, the Roman baths, the Macellum structure, the Heroon with dancing girls on it, the library and the theater for about 9,000 people.

The city was located on the western skirts of the Taurus Mountains was an important settlement spot on top of its significance from both visual and scientific points of view.

Sagalassos is one of the best cities in the region to show the enormous Roman structures unexpectedly from a mountain city.

Sagalassos, the city of lovers and emperors in Burdur, Turkey

When Romans came here building activities intensified and Sagalassos became the first city of the region and an ally of Rome. The structures seen today are gigantic structures made especially during the Roman period.

Sagalassos, which hosted over 36 thousand visitors in 2017, aims to reach more than 50 thousand visitors soon.

Turkish authorities have been working to see the city known as the favorite city of lovers and emperors on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Permanent List.





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