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The 5 thousand-seat part of the stadium where gladiator fights were organized in the ancient city of Perge was opened

The 5 thousand-seat part of the stadium where gladiator fights were held in Perge, a city famous for its architecture and marble sculpture in Anatolia during the Roman Period, has been opened.

Perge Ancient City is located in Aksu district, 17 kilometers east of Antalya city center. The city, where traces of the Hittite Period are seen, was known as “Parha”.

Ancient city of Perge
Perge ancient city

Perge, which was once the capital of the Pamphylia Region, is a place where St. Paul, one of the most important figures of Christianity, stopped by during his missionary travels. The name of the city is mentioned in the Bible.

According to the news in IHA; Excavations that started in 2018 in the stadium area of the Ancient City of Perge were completed. The area, where archaeological findings of gladiator fights and animal hunts were found, is planned to be a new show center alternative to Aspendos.

Perge city stadium
Photo: IHA

In the ancient city of Perge, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List, the 5 thousand-seat part of the stadium area, which is among the best preserved ancient stadiums in Türkiye, was opened.

Perge stadium

Deputy Head of Excavation of the Ancient City of Perge Asst. Prof. Aytaç Dönmez stated that the excavation works completed in the stadium started in 2018 under the leadership of the Antalya Museum.

Vice President of the Ancient City of Perge Excavation Asst Prof Aytaç Dönmez,

Aytaç Dönmez said, “We wanted to complete this arena because this area has a very special structure. It was actually transformed into a special amphitheater where gladiator fights and animal hunts were held in ancient times. We wanted to complete the work in the area to clearly see all the architectural data and texture of this structure. The area has a capacity of approximately 5 thousand people. The entire stadium has a capacity of 30 thousand people, but the arena part of the opened section is a very suitable area for performances. As you know, there is a theater in Aspendos, apart from a theater, we want to bring such a new performance area to Antalya, apart from archaeological findings.”

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