Arched entry into the Bath House
Collonades around the Agora market square
Columns around the Agora
Perge's central colonnaded boulevard stretching the length of the city. In ancient times it was lined with shops on each side with porticos up to five meters high.
Riley explores one of the "side" streets off the main Boulevard
Riley approaches the Nymphaeum (fountain) at the base of the acropolis where underground water pipes brought water into the city.
The Nymphaeum (Fountain). Water brought in underground pipes pooled here and then flowed downhill in the two meter wide canal that ran the length of the main boulevard.
The water canal (now overgrown with grasses and flowers) - regularly spaced breaker walls in the canal controlled the flow of the water. Spectacular engineering!
Riley checks out the water canal
As we strolled up the main boulevard, one of the few other people we saw in Perge, a local shepherd, emerged from the rushes herding his sheep across the ruins
Modern day sheep cross the Boulevard - much like their ancestors probably did 2,000 years ago.
A Turkish couple stroll the boulevard - which stretched from the acropolis (Fountain) to the Agora - about 1/2 mile or so.
I have not done the research, but it seemed to me that there were more Columns standing here in Perge than in the more famous city of Ephesus.
The Greek Gates
Through the Gate into the necropolis and bath house
View of the bath house sub-floor where heated water flowed.
David & Riley
Exterior view of the vaults leading into the Stadium. There were 30 of these vaults on each side of the stadium, and in ancient times, one out of every three vaults actually was an opening into the stadium, and the other two were shop fronts.
David strolls inside the Stadium
Riley befriends the local dog who adopted us for a while as we explored the stadium.
The Perge Theatre was across the road, but closed to the public for repairs and because it was supposedly a hazard.
Another view of the Stadium - it is easy to imagine the athletic events and chariots racing around the long narrow field.
Riley takes a break in one of the vaults into the Stadium
The diminishing squares formed by the vault supports provide a nice setting for a portrait
A tad oversharpened - but hey - they're pretty "sharp" kids!