Kremna: an ancient site called cliff

With some ancient sites, you need to delve into their entire history before you can figure out how they got their name. That’s not the case with Kremna. All you need to do is visit this ancient site near Bucak to see why it is called Kremna, the ancient Greek for ‘cliff’. You’ve guessed it…, this place isn’t located on flat terrain, but on a high plateau dominating the Aksu plains below. With that location come spectacular vistas, and – back in the days – a good defensive position. Kremna (or Cremna) is for those of you who like things off the beaten track, who appreciate a natural setting, and who aren’t afraid of a bit of rough terrain here and there.

Check it out in this article.

The Hamam Library Is One Of The Best Preserved Structures At Kremna

The Hamam Library Is One Of The Best Preserved Structures At Kremna

Kremna: Alexander the Great, Amynthas, the Romans & the Seljuks

Located high up in the Taurus mountains, Kremna is, without a doubt, one of the more spectacular sites in Pisidia. Still, history, and to an even more considerable extent, nature, has had a devastating effect on this once glorious city. Its oldest inhabitants were the Solymians, followed by Lydians and Persians before being conquered by Alexander the Great and later the Seleucids and the Pergamene Kingdom.

From 39 BC till 25 BC, the King of Galatia Amynthas controlled the city; you may know Amynthas’ name from his fabulous rock-cut tomb that overlooks Fethiye. After his death, Augustus made the city a Roman colony. It remained a part of the Roman Empire almost uninterrupted until the 6th century AD when Kremna sent a representative to the 2nd council of Nicaea. Coins found on-site indicate that Kremna still ‘existed’ in the Seljuk Period, though – by that time – the settlements had most likely relocated to Çamlık village, which was called Girme back then.

The Artillery Positions At Kremna

The Artillery Positions At Kremna

Exploring Kremna, a refreshing experience

Exploring Kremna today means that you’ll have to put on your walking shoes unless you plan on skipping a major part of the site. Why? Because once you arrive at the center of the city, you’ll notice that most of the structures have collapsed. But making your way through the collapsed ruins pays off, and it gives you a good sense of what must have been, at least if you have a good look at the only information board on-site, which is placed at the entrance. so, make sure to have a good look at it before you start your site exploration! Or, even better, take a photo of it to rely on it once you’re up there.

Arch At Hadrianus Temple And The Library In The Background

Arch At Hadrianus Temple And The Library In The Background

Standing Above The South Gate Looking Towards The Karacaören Barajı Below

Standing Above The South Gate Looking Towards The Karacaören Barajı Below

There are two distinct routes you can pick upon arrival, one takes you up the ‘asphalted’ path to the left of the guards’ house, the other one is a dirt path at the right side of the same building. Regardless of the path you choose, you’ll end up at the upper part of Kremna, where you can admire the ruins and the view. We found that making a loop, starting with the asphalt path, and going back down through the South Gate of the city, along the dirt path, was a good tactic.

Top tip: shortly after you take the asphalt path, try to make your way up to the necropolis on the right-hand side to admire some spectacular rock-cut graves from up close!

Precision Cut Rock Tombs At Kremna

Precision Cut Rock Tombs At Kremna

The Fascinating Rock Cut Tombs At Kremna's Necropolis

The Fascinating Rock Cut Tombs At Kremna’s Necropolis

The stunning vistas largely make up for the fact that a lot of the city is ruined. And, once you arrive in the heart of the city, the stunning remains of the so-called Library are well worth the walk. The Library, some believe, was later also used as a Hamam. In any case, the Library building was uncovered around 1971-73 during excavations carried out by Prof. Dr. Jale İnan. The mosaic floor is no longer visible today, as it got a protective cover that is now overgrown. Inside the Library, the team found 9 marble gods and goddess statues, of which the stands are still in-situ today.

Beautiful Arches And Inscriptions At The Hamam Library

Beautiful Arches And Inscriptions At The Hamam Library

Stand Of Nemesis' Statue At Kremna's Library

Stand Of Nemesis’ Statue At Kremna’s Library

To the northwest of the Library, you’ll notice what is left of the Hadrianus Temple. Make sure to take the time to have a walk around the ‘rubble’, as there are some fascinating pieces to be seen. In between the Temple and the southern border of the city was the colonnaded street. Nowadays, the street is nothing more than a giant stretch of broken pillars and marble stones. From there, looking back to the Library and the top of the Akropolis, it is easier to recognize the shape of the Theatre set above the Library.

The Steps At Hadrianus Temple

The Steps At Hadrianus Temple

Exploring The Former Decorum Of Hadrianus Temple

Exploring The Former Decorum Of Hadrianus Temple

As you walk back down through the South Gate, you’ll walk past some interesting rock formations. Once you’re back at the guard’s house, consider taking the dirt path further down, past the water source. Your reward will be immense, with a stunning Temple Tomb meets rock-cut tomb to end your Kemna visit. There is no information on-site as to whom it was built for, and we were unable to find any sources mentioning it online. Still, it’s definitely one of the things that you wouldn’t want to miss out on!

At The South Gate

At The South Gate

Spring En Route To The Temple Tomb

Spring En Route To The Temple Tomb

A Temple Tomb Worthy Of Its Name

A Temple Tomb Worthy Of Its Name

Final thoughts on Kremna ancient site

Kremna doesn’t have the striking landmarks of that other Pisidian site Sagalassos, but – especially if you’ve already seen Sagalassos – Kremna is absolutely worth a visit. You can easily combine it with a visit to Incir Han in Bucak, or Susuz Han and Ariassos, only a bit further down into the direction of Antalya. Kremna is perfect if you like the combination of hiking and culture, much like Termessos. The site is easy to reach, and well signposted. If you want to make things even easier, click on the link to our Turkey Trip Planner below. It will take you to the Kremna page, from where you can get directions to the site.

Kremna's South Gate

Kremna’s South Gate

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This is a perfect combo with nearby Ariassos, or Susuz Han and Incir Han. All places lie within half an hour by car from Kremna. Save them to your list by heading over to our Turkey Trip Planner!

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If you’re looking to spend the night in the area, and you want to make the most of this stunning natural scenery, have a look at Saklı Göl Evleri. These beautiful waterside bungalows are a dream come true!

Yes, we still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

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Kremna is easy to reach by car, following the road signs from the main road in Bucak. If you’re relying on public transport, the easiest way is to go to Bucak, from where you can take a taxi to get to Kremna. Alternatively, you can take a dolmuş from Bucak to Çamlık, from where you can hike up to Kremna. This is a long and steep hike, so think twice before you hit the road!

Click here to order your bus ticket to Bucak online.

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Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

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We’re all different people, so not everyone will love this place the way we did. You can always check reviews on TripAdvisor to find out what others think! Just know we’ve visited each place personally and all photos are our own. So, basically, what you see is what you get.

If you have any questions about a place, feel free to ask. You can send us a message through our contact page, or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

This is a perfect combo with nearby Ariassos, or Susuz Han and Incir Han. All places lie within half an hour by car from Kremna. Save them to your list by heading over to our Turkey Trip Planner!

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

If you’re looking to spend the night in the area, and you want to make the most of this stunning natural scenery, have a look at Saklı Göl Evleri. These beautiful waterside bungalows are a dream come true!

Yes, we still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Kremna is easy to reach by car, following the road signs from the main road in Bucak. If you’re relying on public transport, the easiest way is to go to Bucak, from where you can take a taxi to get to Kremna. Alternatively, you can take a dolmuş from Bucak to Çamlık, from where you can hike up to Kremna. This is a long and steep hike, so think twice before you hit the road!

Click here to order your bus ticket to Bucak online.

When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

Kremna An Ancient Site Called Cliff
Kremna An Ancient Site Called Cliff
Kremna An Ancient Site Called Cliff
Kremna An Ancient Site Called Cliff
Kremna An Ancient Site Called Cliff

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