Selge, the City of Lilies
The road into the hills lays before you ali beautiful vistas of Köprülü Canyon, and passes över the Oluk Bridge, and after 13 kilometres finally reaches the ancient city of Selge. Selge used to be a regular stop-over for traders, who broke their hurried journeys to admire its fantastic scenery, lilies, healing plants, wide forests and wine. Today its fantastic landscape and ruins attract visitors from ali över the globe.
Strabo vvrote that the Dorians first settled in Selge at the end of 2000 BC. The second settlement was by the Rhodians in the beginning of 7th century BC. Selge was the first coin-minting city of Pisidia, and the first real evidence of the history of Selge was these coins minted in 5th century BC. Selge had two agorae, and an active trading life brought it wealth. During tovvards the end of the Roman Period it lost its importance in trade, weakened and collapsed.
The ruins of the ancient city are now combined with the present day Altınkaya Village. The ruins of city walls built by warlike people of the city, and the theatre which used to be the centre of the social life, are immediately visible on arrival at the city. Other ruins of Selge include the Temple of Zeus, agorae, colonnaded road, bathhouse, cisterns and basilicas.