St. Paul Trail.  Kestanelik - Delisarnic - Selge Hike 9 km

After a short drive past the entrance to the Koprulu Canyon,  the trek starts at the surreal village of Kestanelik.  Meaning Chestnut grove in Turkish, for the many large chestnut trees around here, many of the houses are built atop the 'Taşbaba'  the 'Daddy Rocks' that the area is famous for.  From the village you go into a enchanted forest of strange valleys and paths gently rising to the village of Delisarnic.  Delisarnic means 'Crazy Cistern' in Turkish for the cisterns that have been built into the gaps between the Taşbaba, to hold rainwater.

From here the path continues to rise on an ancient paved path before descending into magical farmland. From here you pick up an ancient paved road that takes you to the Theatre of Selge.

Selge is recorded by Strabo as being founded by Spartans in a extremely defensible spot surrounded by rivers, canyons and cliffs.  Due to great political stability Selge became the largest and most powerful cities in Pisidia, commanding a large army, It seems that Selge was never conquered by force, even by Alexander.

 

The best preserved remains are of the theatre, which stands witness to the size of the city.   To the west you can see the remains of the Stadium, bordering the fields of the village.  To the west there are also remains of the acropolis, the gymnasium and the stoa.

 

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