We started our special tour with an overview of the Lower Agora.

Our guide was Ilsa, a Belgian Latin teacher who, together with her husband, also a Latin teacher, has been spending a month of her summer holidays as a volunteer guide at Sagalassos for the past 13 years. 

Ilsa and her husband were due to leave a few days after our visit but other, equally experienced, volunteers would be taking their place.

We started our tour with an overview of the Lower Agora.

The main entrance to Sagalassos came into this square – you can see the road towards the top of the picture. 

Originally it would have been surrounded by shops and on the left of this view they are excavating the huge Roman baths – where the head of Hadrian was found two years ago. 

The people in the picture above are archaeologists having a meeting to decide how to keep down weed in the excavation. 

Apparently until recently local herds of goats were allowed to roam outside the digging season and they gave short shrift to any weeds. 

Now the goats have been banned from the site, weeds are growing apace, and the experts are trying to decide how to keep the weeds down, without using chemicals that would damage the ancient marble.

Here’s a view of the ancient baths which you can’t enter at the moment as excavation  is still very much underway.


As well as the famed bits of the Hadrian statue, these baths have been the source of many other statues, now all removed to the Museum in Burdur – on our route for the next day.