Saturday, 31 December 2022

Water to again flow from fountain in the City of Gladiators

The 2,000-year-old monumental fountain in the ancient city of Kibyra in Golhisar, Burdur in southwestern Turkey will start flowing with fresh water again thanks to a restoration project. The fountain was built in 23 BC. The fountain has a diameter of 15 meters and towers 8 meters high. It was used in Kibyra for some 600-700 years.

The ancient city of Kibyra, in the Gölhisar district of Burdur, was once among the most important cities in Lydian and Roman civilization. The city reached its zenith during the Roman period, and all of the architectural remains that can be seen today date from that time.

The 195-meter Stadion at Kibyra is among the largest and best preserved stadia in Anatolia with seats for ten thousand. It housed sports events and gladiator combat that was hugely popular.