Hadrian’s Arch in Antalya (Attalia)

Many of the Roman ruins we see in the Bible World belong to the early second century. This illustrates the tremendous power of the Empire throughout the region at that time.

Hadrian ruled from A.D. 117-138. We know that one of the major persecutions against Christians came during his reign. Many arches were constructed to honor him. The most impressive Roman ruin in Antalya (Attalia of Acts 14:25) is Hadrian’s Arch. The three-arch gateway was extensively restored between 1960 and 1963.

Hadrian's Arch in Antalya, Turkey. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

Hadrian’s Arch in Antalya, Turkey. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The area around the arch bustles with tourists.

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2 responses to “Hadrian’s Arch in Antalya (Attalia)

  1. Was there in December 2013. Lovely walk down to the shore and through the old town.
    Happy Memories!
    Lost my brooch on the way back to the hotel, though. Ran back, but couldn’t find it. It was the crest of the Stuart family and my pseudonym is Candia Dixon-Stuart. I wore it when I was giving a talk in my persona!
    Thanks for reminding me of the arch and the old quarter. Maybe someone found it?!

  2. I know how long you had to wait for all the tourists to get out of the way :-)

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