Sıa (Taştandam)





House grave in the necropolis  

Sıa (Taştandam) was an ancient city in Pisidia. The town was probably founded in the 2nd century BC on the southern and western slopes of a hill. From the Hellenistic period, parts of the city wall with towers and gates have been preserved. Most of the houses date from this early period. The common feature of these houses is that their roofs were designed to collect rainwater, which was collected in bottle-shaped cisterns on the ground floor.


Cistern carved into the rocks  

Sıa was historically meaningless due to its secluded location. Due to the lack of passable roads, the preserved building fabric is very well preserved. The Via Sebaste, built and maintained in Roman times, disappeared completely in this part of Pisidia after the collapse of the Byzantine Empire. Only a small section over the Taurus remained until the Maximianupolis customs station.


cistern inflow  

Side wall of a Hellenistic temple  

The Bouleuterion  

From Roman times a Bouleuterion, three Roman temples and a monumental staircase as well as an agora with Doric stoa can be seen. Ruins of two basilicas have been preserved from Byzantine times.


Roman house grave  


House grave with preserved roof





Inscriptions pedestal



Sıa can be reached from the national road D650 Antalya-Isparta. Coming from Antalya after about 50 km you first drive through several excellent serpentines to cross the pass summit of Çubuk Beli at its end. After about 3 km you reach the departure to Dağbeli. Cross the village Dağbeli.
At the end of the village follow the signs to Karaot. The narrow, but continuously asphalted road leads through the foothills typical of this area. After about 15 km you will reach the village of Karaot. Unfortunately, from the D650 onwards, there is no longer a sign pointing to Sıa.
At the end of Karaot a path leads slightly uphill to the right. Follow this road for about 2 km through wooded area. 200 meters before the forest ends on the left hand side and merges into agricultural land, a narrow path turns right in the bend. The car has to be parked here. After about 600 metres along the aforementioned path you reach the edge of the forest. After another three hundred meters you are in front of the first tomb of the northern necropolis. The actual town was on the left side of the hill.

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