Walking Tour: Kaleiçi's Architecture Through the Ages
- Start Hadrian's Gate
- End Kale Kapısı
- Length 1.5km; two hours
Begin by strolling through the arches of Hadrian's Gate and taking the first narrow alley to your left into Kaleiçi's quiet residential district. You'll see some good examples of Ottoman mansions. Note the characteristic protruding shuttered cumba (oriel) windows, where the women of the house would host guests – being able to see out but not be seen themselves.
Turn right onto Kocatepe Sokak to visit the Suna & İnan Kıraç Kaleiçi Museum. Backtrack and continue along the lane until you arrive at a pretty square with a trickling fountain. Turn right here onto Zafer Sokak then left onto Seferoğlu Sokak to reach Sultan Alaadın Camii. At the far end of the ruined Kesik Minare, turn left again onto Kadirpaşa Sokak, noting the finely restored Ottoman mansion with a beautiful stone-pebble entrance. Until recently this housed the Antalya Kültür Evi, which covered Antalya's architectural history and may reopen.
You'll notice that nearly all of the houses are built of stone – a fire in 1895 destroyed much of the original timber housing. Turn right onto pretty Fırın Sokak with its mix of restored mansions now used as pensions and dilapidated houses awaiting restoration, and then right onto Hıdırlık Sokak.
As you walk up the road you'll see the crumbling remains of the Roman- and Byzantine-era walls that once encircled the town. Follow the road up until you come to a lonely, incisor-like wall chunk marking a split in the road. Take the left-hand road and follow tourist-shop-lined Mescit and Paşa Camii Sokaks; look out for another large chunk of the old city walls with derelict examples of complete timber-framed Ottoman houses incorporated.
End your walk by visiting 17th-century Tekeli Mehmet Paşa Camii before exiting the old town at Kale Kapısı, marked by the old stone saat kulesi (clock tower) and a statue of Attalus II, the city's founder.