in Antalya and the Western Mediterranean
Arts and culture have always been an integral part of the Antalya region and there is no doubt that they draw their strength and dynamism from their thousands of years of history. Surrounded by Kaş in the west, Gazipaşa in the east, Elmalı, Korkuteli and Akseki in the north, Antalya is flanked by the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea and has been witness to a remarkable past.
Antalya was founded in the 2nd century BC on the orders of the king of Pergemon, Attalos II, who was seeking an earthly paradise. The city was established as “Attaleia” where Pamphylia, Pisidia and Lycia intersect— the location of the most fertile area of Anatolia.
This area has witnessed several civilisations and has been a centre of culture, art, mythology and architecture throughout history. This distinction has continued until the present day.
Juniper, cedar, pine forests as well as hundreds of endemic species that exist only in this region of the world, are found in Antalya.
These fertile lands, richly endowed with a generous array of nature and a pleasant climate, have served as an important source of inspiration for artists. A mosaic found in the ancient city of Seleukia in the Manavgat district east of Antalya portrays the Thracian poet Orpheus, who, according to some sources, was the son of Apollo. This mosaic is housed in the Antalya Archaeological Museum and depicts a scene where the melodies emanating from his flute stop the flow of raging waters, and spellbind wild animals.