Perge ( Perga ) Archaeological Site Pictures Images & Photos. Turkey { 65 images } Created 16 Mar 2012

Pictures images photos of Perge ( Perga ) Archaeological Site, Turkey. Photos by photographer Paul E Williams. Perge (Greek: Perga ) was an ancient Greek city in Anatolia and the capital of in Antalya province on the southwestern Mediterranean coast of Turkey. During the Hellenistic period, Perga was one of the richest and most beautiful cities in the ancient world,[citation needed] famous for its temple of Artemis and its renowned ancient Greek mathematician Apollonius of Perga. In the twelfth century BC, there was a large wave of Greek migration from northern Anatolia to the Mediterranean coast. Perga was founded around 1000 BC and is nearly 20 kilometres (12 mi) inland to avoid the pirate bands that terrorized this stretch of the Mediterranean. In 546 BC, the Achaemenid Persians defeated the local powers and gained control of the region, then in 333 BC Alexander the Great retook Perga from the Persians. Roman rule began in 188 BC, and most of the surviving ruins today date from this period. In 46 A.D., according to the Acts of the Apostles, St. Paul journeyed to Perga, where he delivered a sermon. The Romans carried out extensive building in Perga creating one of the most beautiful cities in all of Anatolia. In the first half of the fourth century, during the reign of Constantine the Great (324-337), Perga became an important centre of Christianity. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, Perga remained inhabited until Seljuk times, before being gradually abandoned.

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