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Andriake was the ancient port of Myra and became a major port in Imperial Roman times, particularly after Hadrian who built a huge granary. The impressive ruins of this enormous building, some 200 feet long are on the south side of the harbour and busts of Hadrian and his wife Sabrina are still just visible over the main entrance.
Just recently the University of Antalya have begun excavating around the entire site and one can now see many freshly found ruins: including a very large cistern just to the east of the granary, which on entering is like a large cathedral. The remainder of Andriake shows its importance with Roman baths, Byzantine churchs, agora, acropolis to the north side of the river and a nymphaion, Further up stream are the remains of a water mill. The ruins of a watch tower can be seen on the hill overlooking the harbour on its southern side. It is recorded that St John stopped here when he was being transported to Italy in the year AD 60 to change ships.
Today the harbour is completely silted in however it has produced a wonderful lake with plentiful reeds and an abundance of bird and wildlife with fabulous views towards the ruins of Andriake.
To the top
To the top
View towards Hadrian’s granary and Andriake
Underground cistern at Andriake
Front corner of Hadrian’s granary - Andriake
Roman baths sector of Andriake
Frontage of bath area - Andriake
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