Korkuteli

Korkuteli is a district of Antalya Province in the Mediterranean region of Turkey, 56 km north-west of the city of Antalya. Located in ancient Pisidia, today it contains 15 km of the Via Eurasia.

Korkuteli is an area of small plains and hills in the Bey Dağları, the western range of the Taurus Mountains, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. There are two distinct geographical areas of Korkuteli, of equal size: the lowland area nearer the coast has a hot Mediterranean climate, while the larger area of lakes higher up is cooler and less humid. The high country is covered with pine forest, while the lowland is used for agriculture; crops include grains, pulses and vegetable oil-seeds. There are trout in Korkuteli reservoir and other small lakes. The district has a population of 50430 according to the 2010 census. The town itself has 20.508 inhabitants. Korkuteli has 6 municipalities and 47 villages.

History of Korkuteli

Nearby was the ancient town of Isinda, which the Roman consul Gnaeus Manlius Vulso, on his victorious march through Asia Minor in 189 BC, found besieged by Termessos. At the city’s request he raised the siege and fined the Termessians 50 talents. Isinda stood in a strategic position at the western end of the pass leading from Pamphylia by Termessos to Pisidia. Together with Aperlae, Apollonia and Simena, Isinda was a member of a tetrapolis, a federation of four cities. Samples of the extensive coinage of Isinda are extant, which give evidence that it considered itself an Ionian colony. Isinda was later included in the Roman province of Pamphylia Secunda. At an early stage, it became a Christian bishopric, a suffragan of the metropolitan see of Perge, the capital of the province.

The area was taken from the Byzantines by the Seljuk Turks of Gıyaseddin Keyhüsrev I in 1207, and was used as a summer residence by the local Seljuk rulers. Seljuk architecture in Korkuteli includes the mosque of Sultan Alaadin and some Turkish baths and tombs. Upon the decline of the Seljuks in the early 14th century the area became a stronghold of the Beylik of Teke and then of the Hamidid clan of nearby Isparta. Bayezid I brought the district into the Ottoman Empire in 1392.

Interesting Places in Korkuteli

Termessos

Termessos was a Pisidian city built at an altitude of more than 1000 metres at the south-west side of the mountain Solymos (modern-day Güllük Dağı) in the Taurus Mountains. The city was founded by the Solymians who were mentioned by Homer in the Iliad in connection with the legend of Bellerophon. Because of its natural and historical riches, the city has been included in a national park bearing its name, the Mount Güllük-Termessos National Park.


Sections

  1. Ariassos- Termessos 15 km
    This route starts in the municipality of Döşemealtı, but the second half is found in Korkuteli. Around the border you will see a water source and head through a forested area before reaching a place with a market, restaurant, and hotel. After this settled area, the route continues through forest on a mix of path and dirt road, before crossing the highway (where you will find another restaurant). Carrying on through forest, walkers will reach a viewpoint of the valley before descending to Termessos along remains of an ancient road. Here you will see city walls, cisterns, temples, graves, among many other ruins.

Accommodation

There are some hotels in the main city of Korkuteli as well as some places to camp along the route. There is one small hotel called Gönül Köşküm located on the route. Camping is not allowed in the National Park.

Transportation

Ariassos is easy to access from the main Ankara – Antalya road, and Termessos is 9km by taxi from the gate of the National Park on the Korkuteli road.

                        


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