Kesik Minare


These important ruins mark the site of a substantial building that played a major role in Antalya's religious life over the centuries. Built as a 2nd-century Roman temple, it was converted into the Byzantine Church of the Virgin Mary in the 6th century and then a mosque three centuries later. It became a church again in 1361 but fire destroyed most of it in the 19th century. A restoration process started in 2018, and the long-truncated minaret has now been partly rebuilt.

The ruins are fenced off, but you can still see bits of Roman and Byzantine marble from the outside.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Antalya attractions

1. Yenikapı Greek Church

0.06 MILES

This small 19th-century church, renovated in 2007, has a beautiful interior with frescoes and hand-carved decorations. Orthodox services still take place…

2. Sultan Alaadın Camii

0.06 MILES

This gem of a mosque is squirrelled away in the back alleys of Kaleiçi. It began life as the Greek Orthodox Panhagia Church in 1834 and was converted to a…

3. Viewpoint

0.13 MILES

Above the Roman Harbour, this small park has fountains, statues of frolicking animals and sweeping views.

4. Suna & İnan Kıraç Kaleiçi Museum

0.14 MILES

This small ethnography museum is housed in a lovingly restored Antalya mansion. The 2nd floor contains a series of life-size dioramas depicting some of…

5. Karaalioğlu Parkı

0.18 MILES

This large, attractive, flower-filled park has great views over the sea and is prime sunset-promenading territory.

6. Hıdırlık Kalesi

0.18 MILES

This 14m-high tower was built in the 1st or 2nd century AD as a mausoleum and later, due to its excellent position above the bay, played an important role…

7. Kaleiçi

0.21 MILES

Antalya's historic district is a sight in itself and you could happily spend half a day strolling the narrow lanes here while admiring the mix of finely…

8. Roman Harbour

0.22 MILES

The Roman harbour at the base of Kaleiçi's slope was Antalya's lifeline from the 2nd century BC until late in the 20th century, when a new port was…