Not the biggest of natural parks you will ever visit but certainly one of the most magical, if you are lucky enough to get the chance to visit do not turn it down.
With out any exaggeration this place is just outstandingly beautiful, the waterfalls cascade through the trees forming small rock pools and lagoons which then turn into mini rapids splashing through trees and undergrowth.
The light changes constantly as you walk round, the foliage is verdant as if you were walking through some Amazonian jungle.
The time of year you visit will determine the flow of the waterfalls, during summer months it can be quite subdued, strong shoes are advised, easily walked round in 45 minutes,
Ancient City where St Paul preached the gospel
Situated inland for protection against pirates, Perge is one of the foremost archaeological attractions on Turkey’s southern coast, the Greeks came from central Anatolia around 1000 BC and settled in Perge along with Sillyon, Aspendos and Side to form what became known as Pamphylia, the “land of the tribes”. There is evidence that prior to this was a settlement by the Hittites, the mysterious lost empire that founded Hattusas, who probably founded a settlement 500 years earlier.
According to the Classical author Strabo, the city was founded just after the Trojan War, however, the latest archaeological conclusions suggest that Perge dates back a lot earlier than previously thought, according to Prof. Dr Haluk Abbasoglu Director of excavations at Perge, the site could go as far back as the 5th Millennium BC, with evidence of continual occupation from at least the 3rd Millennium BC.
Part of the attraction of Perge – which is also known as Perga and still pronounced as such – is that it lies on a navigable river, allowing it to function as a port while maintaining a defence against pirate raids. As with all the Greek colonies in Anatolia, the Persians overran the city during the sixth century BC and from 546 to 330 BC, Perge lay under the Achaemenid rule. Yet the inhabitants did not forget their western origins and when the Macedonian Alexander the Great appeared in 330 BC, the citizens sent out guides to lead him to Perge.
After the division of the conqueror’s empire, the city became part of the Seleucids’ domain and it was from around 262 to 190 BC that one of the most famous inhabitants, Apollonius lived. His writings on sections from slicing cones influenced such great thinkers as Descartes and Newton and coined the words ellipse, parabola and hyperbola, nomenclature for certain curves we still use today, his understanding of Geometry is legendry.
It was during later Roman rule that the city also gained notary from visitors who now draw in tourists, Saint Paul, accompanied by Saint Barnabas, preached his first sermon in the city and returned to Perge during his travels. Modern day pilgrims still like to return to the site of the Apostle’s preaching to visit the Basilica.
Although most of the site is now in ruin, Perge offers a rare chance to study ancient civilisations from across the Millennia, be prepared to spend several hours in awesome amazement at some of the achievements made by the inhabitants of this historical treasure.
Take our advise, make the visit with a qualified guide, there is so much to see and equally so much you can miss.