Axe-like shapes at the
portal of the tower.
a landmark tower of tawny stone where Kaleiçi (Old
Antalya) meets Karaalioğlu
The 14-meter-high tower,
set in a small park, overlooks the falez (cliffs)
of Antalya, and the Roman
(Yacht) Harbor. Its foundations
are said to date from the 1st or 2nd century
Its purpose is something of a mystery.
The common belief is that it was built as a tomb for
a great leader. Bits of fresco
within encourage this conjecture. To the left and right of the portal are 12 axe-like motifs cut into the stone (six on each side), which indicate the importance of the person entombed.
its situation is perfect to serve as
a lighthouse or signal
tower or lookout for
ships in Antalya's ever-important
harbor, and apparently the Romans used it for that purpose. It may also have been a church for a time.
Its purpose today is to stand there,
where it has for two millennia, and
look picturesque, anchoring the western
extremity of Karaalioğlu
Park, and providing a
goal for strollers and fine
views—especially at sunset—over
the Gulf of Antalya.
is a fine
place to stop for a drink, a snack
or a meal.
A number of Kaleiçi's small
pensions and boutique
hotels/inns are just a
few steps from the Hıdırlık
the southern end of Hesapçı
—by Tom Brosnahan
old stone tower