Turkey19 – Antalya

Karain Cave, Antalya
Excavations carried out in the cave have revealed evidence of continuous human habitation for approx. 25,000 years
It was first inhabited in the Palaeolithic Age(150,000-200,000yrs ago)
There were a few large chambers…
…with smaller caves leading off from them
Lara Beach Sand Sculptures – the theme for this year was ‘Empires’. This particular sculpture depicted the Mayan Civilization
A Spanish King with one foot resting on a cushion, his crown kept on the side and his faithful dog looking adoringly at him
Alexander on the battlefield against an Indian king
My personal favourite – the Battle of Kadesh (the Egyptian Army fighting the Hittites). This was probably the largest chariot battle ever fought, and has also been depicted on the temple walls at Abu Simbel
Another sculpture related to Egypt – Queen Nefertiti. The opposite side of the pyramid shows the Emperor Akhenaten.
A few of the sculptures had been damaged by flooding and unfortunately the information boards had been removed – we were unable to determine which building the sculpture behind and to the left of Amit was meant to depict – it looked Indian/Mughal ?
Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya – the only surviving ancient gateway to old Antalya town and harbour, built in honour of Emperor Hadrian. The Queen of Sheba is said to have passed through this gate on her way to meet King Solomon.
Colourful umbrellas strung over a street in the Old Town1424544_614473491927593_1213522522_n