Perge (18 kilometers / 11 miles from Antalya) was an important city in Pamphylia (today’s Mediterranean region), in Asia Minor. It was settled by the Hittites around 1500 B.C. Kestros (Aksu) river, which runs near the acropolis, made Perge like a port because it was possible to navigate from the sea to the city. Thus, an important trade route starting from Side run through the nearby city of Aspendos and then Perge.
Perge is also famous by the fact that when Saint Paul started his journeys, he visited Perge in 46 A.D. and preached his first sermon here. That’s why it became an important city for the Christians during Byzantine period.