Seleukia is located 12 km from the centre of the Manavgat district of Antalya. Seleukia is one of the 9 cities founded in the name of the first Selevkos Nikator, King of Syria. The real name of the ancient city of Seleukeia was Lyrbe. Original Seleukia ancient city, in Hellenistic times, that is believed to be a port city founded in the 3rd century and probably was on the west coast of the ancient city of Side. It was observed that the historical remains unearthed from Seleukia belong to the classical age. Inscriptions of the ancient Side language were also found in the ancient city of Seleukia. These inscriptions prove that this settlement was inhabited by the same people as the ancient city of Side.
Because the three sides of Seleukia are surrounded by deep crevices, there are walls that have been preserved only in the south direction so far. The monumental entrance to the city of Seleukia is located just in the middle of the walls. This gate is limited to two monumental towers. The walls extending from both sides of the monumental gate to the East and West continue to the cliffs. The outer surface of the walls was built from the cut-off sandstone blocks in a non-uniform rectal technique. The western side of the Agora in the centre of the city was leaning against the slopes and two storey buildings were placed on the east coast. The entrance to the Agora, which is dated to the Hellenistic period with its general lines, is entered by a monumental gate in the south-east. The structures to the west of the Agora are defined as Gallery 1 and 2. The northern wing of the Agora consists of important structures. The space containing seven mosaic of wisdom is defined as a library because of its structural functions. In the south-west of the city, there is a bath complex consisting of three parts and a church with two floors. Necropolis is south-east and south-west of the city. Although lyre is a mountain settlement, the remains present suggest that it was a very developed city, especially during the Roman period.
Although the ancient city of Seleukia artefacts, the most important one is the mosaic called ‘mosaic of seven wise men’, which is exhibited in the Antalya Museum. This Mosaic is of particular importance when it contains portraits of seven famous thinkers, such as Ansagoras, Pythagoras, Demosthenes, lykurgus, Thukydides, Salon, Bias. Seleukia has no entrance fee because the city is in its own state. Since there is no facility, you can visit any time of the day. The Temple of Apollo, Koprulu Canyon, Manavgat Waterfall, Selge antic city, which is located near the ancient city of Seleukia can also be visited. Those who wants to visit Seleukia from Antalya, can take Manavgat buses from Antalya Bus station and reach Manavgat city centre and then use the minibuses leading to Seleukia. 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.