Sabine went for a hike.
July 28, 2019
The third ancient city I visit on my vacation and already know is Side. The city has Luwian origins. The name of the city dates from this time. Side is called "pomegranate". This was not only an important fruit in the diet, but also the symbol of fertility.Side existed among the Luwians, the Hittites, who were completely absorbed in the population and the Greeks. But it reached its final size only under the Romans and their architecture and rage. Due ruins of remains that we can now view are invariably Roman. You can drive completely through the city by car and park there in the parking lots.That's how we did it. However, we did not really look at the city because we had already seen a few years ago. The colonnaded street and the temples are missing.The theater was our first stop and it really is a highlight. Well preserved with arcades and parts of the
Stage house as well as the (almost) complete rows of seats.Next time we walked across ruin houses of wealthy citizens with the remains of the pavement, still recognizable piping, bathtub and fixtures for a toilet.Coming from there we stood on the boulevard that led from the harbor into the city. We followed this boulevard to the harbor, which is now 2000 years later on dry land. The berths for the merchant ships are now overgrown with figs and other beach plants. Interestingly, the walls of these berths, which were under water, were made of cast cement blocks, and thus infinitely more durable than any other building block.
From the harbor you can climb back up to normal height via steps. A short walk brings us to the back of the theater, before the huge amount of huge blocks lie and we hope that the next earthquake is still far away and we get these valuable relics of the past.