Seleucia (Pamphylia)

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Overview of Seleucia (2012)
Seleucia (Pamphylia) is located in Turkey
Seleucia (Pamphylia)
Shown within Turkey
LocationAntalya Province, Turkey
Coordinates36°49′42″N 31°14′36″E / 36.82824°N 31.24343°E / 36.82824; 31.24343Coordinates: 36°49′42″N 31°14′36″E / 36.82824°N 31.24343°E / 36.82824; 31.24343
Site notes
ConditionIn ruins

Seleucia (Greek: Σελεύκεια – also transliterated as Seleukeia) was an ancient Greek city on the Mediterranean coast of Pamphylia, in Anatolia, approximately 15 km northeast of Side; the site is currently about 1k north of the village of Bucakşeyhler (also Bucakşıhler), approximately 12 km northeast of Manavgat, Antalya Province, Turkey. It is situated on a hilltop with steep escarpments on several sides making a strong defensive position. The track from the village has recently been clear felled but the main site is still within a mature pine forest. The German researcher Johannes Nollé has suggested, however, that the remains at this location are not those of Seleucia but rather those of Lyrba.[1]

A proof that this alternative name "Lyrbe" is accepted by the authorities can be found on a sign photographed in the same year the picture illustrating this subject was taken. A picture of the notice is followed by a gallery of what seems to be more properly called Lyrbe,

There are remains of an agora containing a row of two-storey and three-storey building façades, a gate, a mausoleum, a Roman bath, a necropolis, in addition to several temples and churches. Because of its remote location, the site has not been plundered for building materials and the area is littered with columns and other items like large grindstones for flour making.

Modern scholars place the Pamphylian Selecuia near Şıhlar, north of the mouth of the Peri Su, west of Side.[2][3]


  1. ^ J. Nollé, "Forschungen in Selge und Ostpamphylien", Araştırma 6 (1988), pp. 257–59.
  2. ^ Richard Talbert, ed. (2000). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Princeton University Press. p. 65, and directory notes accompanying.
  3. ^ Lund University. Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire.
  • Blue Guide, Turkey, The Aegean and Mediterranean Coasts (ISBN 0-393-30489-2), p. 496.

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