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Broken Minaret

Learn about this fascinating site used as a Roman temple, a Byzantine church and a mosque during its millennia of existence.

The Broken Minaret (Kesik Minare) is a set of ruins on a religious site with broad cultural uses over its long history: a Roman temple, a Byzantine church and a mosque. It survives as an important archaeological site that was the spiritual home of many ruling dynasties and faiths. Stroll through the intriguing surroundings and picture the diverse sets of worshippers that came here thousands of years ago. Its rich history attracts visitors of all creeds from across the globe.

The minaret stems from a former Roman temple that dates back to about A.D. 100. The Byzantine people dedicated a church to the Virgin Mary on the site before it was converted to a mosque in the 13th century. After changing hands two more times, it is a testament to the fascinatingly diverse history of Turkey.

You can see the large remaining walls of the ancient structure with their many arched windows and entrances. Walk along the grassy area inside the former mosque and imagine how it would have seemed after each religious makeover during the past two millennia. Certain parts of the site still have a roof and provide cool shade on hot Turkish afternoons. Note that you are unlikely to be permitted access to the interior of the mosque.

Plaques outside the site explain the intriguing past of the building to visitors. It was badly damaged in the 19th century, although work has been done to restore the structure. Many cafés, bars and restaurants line the charming streets of the Old Town in the vicinity. See rows of the old Ottoman-style houses on quaint alleys. Stay at one of the nearby hotels and spend your days ambling through the historic area.

The Broken Minaret is in the Old Town district near the center of the city among many of Antalya’s greatest attractions. Buses stop just a short walk from the famous site.


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Lodging Near Broken Minaret

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$54
Akra Hotel

Akra Hotel

Lara Yolu, Antalya
4.7
of 5, from 632 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Eski Lara, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Shemall Shopping Center, Ataturk's Hosue Museum, and Karaalioglu Park. Hidirilik Tower and Broken Minaret are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$34
Puding Marina Residence - Special Class

Puding Marina Residence - Special Class

Mermerli Sokak No 15, Antalya
4.3
of 5, from 357 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Yivli Minare Mosque, Hadrians Gate, and Karaalioglu Park. Clock Tower and Hidirilik Tower are also within 15 minutes.

$22
Mediterra Art Hotel

Mediterra Art Hotel

Barbaros Mah. Zafer Sok., Antalya
3.8
of 5, from 257 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Broken Minaret and Hadrians Gate. Karaalioglu Park and Clock Tower are also within 10 minutes.

$35
Elegance East Hotel - Boutique Class

Elegance East Hotel - Boutique Class

Barbaros Mahallesi Atatürk Cad No: 42/C, Antalya
3.9
of 5, from 90 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ataturk Boulevard, Hadrians Gate, and Clock Tower. Karaalioglu Park and Hidirilik Tower are also within 10 minutes.

$19
Patio Hotel

Patio Hotel

Kilincarslan Mah Hesapci Geciid No. 5, Antalya
4.7
of 5, from 3 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Broken Minaret, Karaalioglu Park, and Yivli Minare Mosque. Hidirilik Tower and Clock Tower are also within 10 minutes.

$35
White Garden Pansion

White Garden Pansion

Kaleici Kilicaslan Mah Hesap, Antalya
4.4
of 5, from 57 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in City Centre, this hotel is steps from Broken Minaret and Hidirilik Tower. Karaalioglu Park and Hadrians Gate are also within 10 minutes.

$21
Oscar Boutique Hotel

Oscar Boutique Hotel

Ataturk Cad. 1302 Sk. No:12, Antalya
3.7
of 5, from 150 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ataturk's Hosue Museum, Karaalioglu Park, and Hidirilik Tower. Hadrians Gate and Clock Tower are also within 15 minutes.

$30
Sibel Pansiyon

Sibel Pansiyon

Kaleiçi Firin Sok 30 Muratpasa, Antalya
4.8
of 5, from 8 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in City Centre, this bed & breakfast is steps from Broken Minaret and Karaalioglu Park. Hidirilik Tower and Yivli Minare Mosque are also within 10 minutes.