Antalya

Antalya (Turkish pronunciation: [anˈtalja]; Ancient Greek: Ἀττάλεια) is the fifth-most populous city in Turkey and the capital of Antalya Province. [clarification needed][2] Located on Anatolia's southwest coast bordered by the Taurus Mountains, Antalya is the largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean coast outside the Aegean region with over one million people in its metropolitan area.[3][4]

Antalya
Antalya
Location of Antalya
Antalya
Antalya (Mediterranean)
Antalya
Antalya (Europe)
Coordinates: 36.8874°N 30.7075°E / 36.8874; 30.7075
Country Turkey
RegionMediterranean
ProvinceAntalya
Government
  TypeMetropolitan municipality
  MayorMuhittin Böcek (CHP)
Area
  Urban
1,417 km2 (547 sq mi)
Elevation
30 m (100 ft)
Population
 (2020)[1]
  Density121.2/km2 (314/sq mi)
  Urban
2,548,308
Time zoneUTC+3 (TRT)
Postal code
07x xx
Area code(s)0242
Vehicle registration07
Websitewww.antalya.bel.tr
www.antalya.gov.tr

The city that is now Antalya was first settled around 200 BC by the Attalid dynasty of Pergamon, which was soon subdued by the Romans. Roman rule saw Antalya thrive, including the construction of several new monuments, such as Hadrian's Gate, and the proliferation of neighboring cities. The city has changed hands several times, including to the Seljuk Sultanate in 1207 and an expanding Ottoman Empire in 1391.[5] Ottoman rule brought relative peace and stability for the next five hundred years. The city was occupied by Italy for three years in the aftermath of World War I, but was recaptured by a newly independent Turkey in the War of Independence.

Antalya is Turkey's biggest international sea resort, located on the Turkish Riviera. Large-scale development and governmental funding has promoted tourism. A record 13.6 million tourists passed through the city in 2019.[6]