This morning in Bible class I taught about Antioch of Pisidia. Tonight I decided to share some pictures from my presentation and give you a quick tour of the site.
Here is the base of the city portal which was built to commemorate a Roman victory of the Parthians. This was our entrance to the site.
We then made our way to the Decamanus Maximus which was one of the major streets through Antioch of Pisidia. The street was the main way up into the city.
Here are the remains of a theater that was built during the Hellenistic period. This would have been in existence when Paul visited the city. The theater had 26 rows of seats and would hold more than 12,000 people.
At the highest point of the city there was a large temple to Augusta that was dedicated to the goddess Cybele.
The other major street in Antioch of Pisidia was the Cardo Maximus. The Cardo was lined with shops. The remains of shops and pillars line the street.
There were also Roman baths in the city. Here we see the remains of the bath complex. I also like this picture as it shows the mountains in the distance. The citizens of the city had a very beautiful view.
From the ruins of the city you could see an aqueduct in the distance. I took this picture from near the Roman baths.
Here are the ruins of a large basilica that was dedicated to Paul. The building was built in the 4th century and was one of the largest church buildings at that time in history.
There is some evidence that the basilica was built on top of the ruins of the synagogue where Paul preached his first sermon that was recorded in the Bible.
After visiting the city site we went to visit the aqueduct. The architecture of the aqueduct was amazing. I can just imagine the work that went into designing and building an aqueduct. It is amazing that so much of it is still standing more than 2,000 years later.
This is a long overdue post that was promised more than two years ago when I visited Antioch of Pisidia. See my post: A Long Drive to Antalya
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into the ruins of Antioch of Pisidia.
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