Etenna was the largest city in the mountainous region to the north of the Pamphylia savannah. Nowadays, Etenna is located in Sırtkoy village, 31 kilometres away from the Manavgat district of Antalya. The ancient city of Etenna was built on a hill connected to the Taurus Mountains at a height of 900 meters from the sea. It is named by the local people as ”Dede Kalesi”. The ancient city, located in pine forests, draws attention to the strength of the walls surrounding the city in its ruins. The walls of the city of Etenna, which was built in double rows by the north, are supported by an inner wall on the south side and the main entrance is located on the north side.
The area was often covered with olive trees in ancient times. Still, the remains of the structures used to extract olive oil are often seen in the vicinity. Oil trade provided a high level of prosperity in Etenna and surroundings. Olive oil was exported to other kingdoms from Side and Aspendos. The reason that Etenna is a city that prints coins after Selge is attributed to olive oil trade. In the past, many coins belonging to ancient times were found in the ancient city of Etenna. The foundations of the ancient city of Etenna were built on large rocks, and it is understood that certain points were built on the hill resembling the Eagle nest. When entering into the city through the main entrance to the north, the first sign of attention is the ancient road covered with stones. Basilica, church, Agora, baths and cisterns of the ancient city of Etenna, located in the south, are prominent historical evidence. There is a quadrangular basilica at the bottom of the city walls, which is thought to have been built during the Byzantine period and which is also used as a court hall. There are also rock tombs, cistern city walls temples, well and baths belonging to the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods in the ancient city of Etenna. The splendour of the rock tombs adds extra beauty and status to the ancient city of Etenna.
There is no entrance fee for the ancient city of Etenna. There are no guards to protect the historic site! This causes historical smugglers to search for gold coins from time to time in this region. There are so many ancient ruins within the borders of Antalya province that most of them are protected. Unfortunately, the same situation does not apply to Etenna. This is probably because there is not much publicity. Some local and foreign tourists coming to Antalya have the chance to see this unique place if the tour guides brings here. If you want to go Etenna from Antalya; should take the Manavgat bus from Antalya Bus Station. After about an hour of travel to reaching Manavgat bus station, find Sırtköy minibuses which takes you to the ancient city of Etenna. As of the beginning of 2019, we will create separate videos for each destination on our YouTube account. If you subscribe to our channel, you will not miss our videos. In addition, we will soon share photos from our Pinterest and Facebook accounts. If you have any information you would like to add to the contents of this page, please contact us. Thank you in advance.