Roman Baths at Sagalassos

Our dig takes you to Sagalassos, a classical city perched high in the mountains of southwestern Turkey.

The story of the unearthing of the city of Sagalassos in the Burdur province, with its long history of settlement going back to 4200 BC, is captured through the lenses of renowned Belgian photographers Bruno Vandermeulen and Danny Veys.

"The recovery of the ancient city is also a recovery of a forgotten landscape. It is an excavation both of site and sight.

Archaeologists of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven team (Belgium) directed by Marc Waelkens uncovered the colossal portrait head of the Roman empress Faustina, wife of the emperor Antoninus Pius, who ruled from A.D. 138 to 161. According to Waelkens, the excavation team was ecstatic at the discovery.

Archaeologists of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven team (Belgium) directed by Marc Waelkens uncovered the colossal portrait head of the Roman empress Faustina, wife of the emperor Antoninus Pius, who ruled from A. 138 to

Aphrodite 100-200 AD bronze and terracotta 300-1 BC. Rear head of a leading lady from the province of Burdur 125-135 AD, right Isis (12) and Kibele (14)  from Sagalassos, Turkey

Aphrodite AD bronze and terracotta BC. Rear head of a leading lady from the province of Burdur AD, right Isis and Kibele from Sagalassos, Turkey

Sagalassos: In 1706, Paul Lucas, traveling in southwest Turkey on a mission for the court of Louis XIV, came upon the mountaintop ruins of Sagalassos. The first Westerner to see the site, Lucas wrote that he seemed to be confronted with remains of several cities inhabited by fairies. Later, during the mid-nineteenth century, William Hamilton described it as the best preserved ancient city he had ever seen. Toward the end of that century, Sagalassos and its theater became famous.

Location of Sagalassos in Turkey and plan of the site

Heroon at Sagalassos

Visit Sagalassos Archeological Site in Turkey

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