Temples of Apollo - Athena

The temples dedicated to the god Apollo and the goddess Athena of the Ancient Side City are among the most important port cities of Pamphylia. They are in the south of the peninsula where the city is, east of the ancient port. Monumental temples saluting the ships entering the port and emphasizing the city's power are in the sanctuary at the end of the colonnaded street.
The Temple of Apollo dates back to 150 BC. It is one of the two temples built during the 'Roman Peace' period. It is named after Apollo, the god of art, beauty, light and prophecy, considered one of the main gods. Columns with Corinthian caps can be seen on the temple. It leans against the deep blue sea with its white marble columns. On the frieze, there are Medusa heads placed between the consoles. A part of the Temple of Apollo is in the middle of the Byzantine basilica. It was dismantled for use in the construction of the basilica.
The Temple of Athena, with a peripterous plan, located next to the Temple of Apollo, was named after Athena, the goddess of intelligence, art, inspiration, war and peace. She is considered the chief goddess of the city. Pomegranate is considered a sacred fruit of Athena in mythology. It has become the symbol of Side today. There are columns with Corinthian caps in the Temple of Athena, as in the Temple of Apollo.
The Temples of Apollo and Athena are the symbols of Side. It is famous for its ancient ruins reflecting the spirit of the time. The temples, identified with the region, reflect one of the most romantic landscapes of the Mediterranean with their imposing stances, elegant columns and striking architectural details.