Burdur’s museums, archaeological sites fascinate visitors

Turkey's southern province of Burdur welcomes thousands of local and foreign visitors every year thanks to its historical sites. Home to ancient cities such as Kibyra and Sagalassos that contains dozens of historical artifacts, Burdur also attracts attention with its museums, which welcomed 249,000 people in 2019. Although the number of visitors decreased due to the pandemic last year, the museum and archaeological sites in Burdur still amaze visitors.

Among the attractions in the city are the Burdur Archeology Museum, the ancient city of Kibyra, which is located at an altitude of 1,350 meters and covered with juniper and cedar forests, and the ancient Roman city of Sagalassos, which was established at an altitude of 1,600 meters in the Ağlasun district in 3,000 B.C.

The museums and archaeological sites, which were closed to visitors at the end of March last year within the scope of coronavirus measures, started to welcome visitors again with the normalization steps taken on June 1.

Last year, 140,000 local and foreign tourists visited the museums and archaeological sites in Burdur, with a decrease of 44 percent compared to the previous year. This figure was 250,000 in 2019.

The ancient city of Sagalassos, which welcomed 80,000 visitors in 2019, was visited by 42,000 people in 2020. The Burdur Archeology Museum entertained 35,000 people in 2019 but hosted only 8,000 visitors in 2020, while the Natural History Museum in the city center, which hosted 7,000 visitors in 2019, hosted only 3,000 people last year.

İnsuyu Cave, Turkey's first cave that opened to tourism, hosted 65,000 people last year, while this figure was 114,000 in 2019.

The number of visitors in the ancient city of Kibyra increased last year compared to 2019....

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