Located in Side town of Manavgat District 8 km
from Manavgat. Ancient agora bath from A.D. 5-6th centuries,
dating from Roman Age, was restored in 1960/61 and converted
into a museum.
The majority of exhibits in the museum are the ruins discovered
by Prof. Dr. Arif Müfid Mansel in excavations during 1947-1967,
in the ancient town of Side. There are inscriptions, weapon
embossing from Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Periods,
sculptures which are Roman Period copies of Greek originals,
torsos, temples, tomb steles, portraits, ostotecs and column
pedestals on exhibition in the museum.
Eexhibits in Bath Building (Museum)
Number 1 Hall (Fridigarium)
Some basalt craters from the Late Hittite Period, weapon
embossing work from the Hellenistic Period, sun dials, temples
from the Roman period exhibited.
Number 2 Hall (Sudatorium)
Torsos from Roman period exhibited.
Number 3 Hall (Caldarium)
Inscription from Hellenistic Period, amphores from Roman Period,
Heracles, Three Graces, Nike sculptures and embossing arts
Number 4 Hall (Tepidarium)
Tombs from Roman period, Hermes, Hygieia, Athena, Nike, Apollo
sculptures, torsos and portraits exhibited.
Ostothek tombs, columns, column pedestals, column capitals,
embossing work, inscriptions, steles and various architectural
remains from Hellenistic and Roman periods exhibited.
Has a capacity of 15 000 seats. The audience section is divided
in half by means of a diazoma. Orchestra in a semi-circle curve.
Stage building is two or three storey. Late Empire Period
gladiator fights and animal fights were made here. In A.D. 5-6
th centuries during Byzantine Period it was used as an open air
church. The theatre is dated from middle of A.D. 2nd century.
The Apollo Temple is located within Byzantine Basilica together
with the Athena Temple. In Corinthian style and peripteros
design. From Roman period. Dates from A.D. 150's. A section was
restored in 1983-1990 and recovered.
A review of Side Museum by a Tripadvisor.com user;
on the Right just before the Ampitheatre , this small museum
contains various artifacts , many of which are also displayed in
the Shaded tranquil gardens, overlooking the turquiose sea.
This Museum is unique because it is bulit over the old Roman
baths , in fact , apart from the open air entrance there are
only three other rooms. In the corner of one there is a green
dampness at the bottom corner , as if the underground natural
springs are still permeating the walls.
The rooms display various minor artifacts , but the second room
contains burial pits with skeletal remains and the third room
many sarcophagi and lots of statues(some of which are replicas)
Just after the main entrance gate to the grounds to the left
there is a work area where work is still being carried out for
the restoration of artifacts most of which in the summer of 2006
were sarcophagi being painstakingly pieced together , Though
this this is not open to the public , the people working there
are very kind and may allow you to see their work as they did us
when we were lucky enoUgh to find them during our visit.
Definitely a worthwhile stop during your stay in Side ,can be
combined with a visit to the ampitheatre as they are next to