Ancient City of Lyrbe

Lyrbe Ancient City is in Şıhlar Village of Bucakşeyhler District of Manavgat district of Antalya. The city is approximately 12 km away from the district center. It is referred to as Seleukeia in old records. The city's first name, which was put forward based on the sailors' handbook, Stadiasmus Maris Mayni, is Seleukeia. However, today, a document written in the language of Lyrbe and indicating that the same people inhabited this settlement as the city of Side in the Ancient Age was found. The idea that Seleukeia, which was founded in the 16th century, should have been a port city on the coast, possibly west of Side, which can be reached by the Manavgat Stream, gained weight.
Although the ancient city of Lyrbe is a mountain settlement when the existing remains are examined. It is revealed that it was a highly developed city, especially during the Roman Period. The ruins that can be seen today belong to the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Periods.
Cliffs surround the city on three sides. It has walls that have survived until today, only in the south. The monumental gate provides the entrance to the city from the south. It is limited by two monumental towers and is near the middle of the walls. The walls extending to the east and west of the entrance gate continue until the cliff. The outer surfaces of the walls were built with cut sandstone blocks in the rectagonal technique.
Its agora is one of the best-preserved in the Pamphylia Region in the city's center. It leans on the hillside from the west. Two-storey buildings can be seen on the east coast of the Agora. There are also important ruins in the northern wing. The 'Seven Sages Mosaic' contains the portraits of seven famous thinkers such as Anaxagoras, Pythagoras, Demosthenes, Lycurgus Thucydides, Salon and Bias, and is considered a library. The mosaic has privileged importance with its workmanship and construction technique. It is exhibited in the Antalya Museum. Some of the artifacts found in the city are also in the Side Museum.
To the southwest of the ancient city of Lyrbe, there is a bath complex consisting of three sections and a two-storey church. The necropolis area is in the southeast and southwest of the city.
Lyrbe Ancient City, where nature and history embrace at the foot of the Taurus Mountains, is waiting to be discovered by more visitors as a special cultural route.