ATTALIA (ăt'a-lī'a). A seaport of Pamphylia near Perga, mentioned in
ATTALIA ăt’ ə lī’ ə (̓Ατταλεία, city of Attalus). A seaport in Pamphylia (q.v.) in the S of Asia Minor.
Returning to Antioch from their missionary journey, Paul and Barnabas embarked at Attalia (
The city was founded by Attalus II of Pergamum between 165 and 138 b.c., and subsequently passed under Rom. domination. It became an important seaport, minting its own coins, and in the time of Paul was apparently in the province of Lycia-Pamphylia.
Attalia later became a Rom. colony, and today, with the name Andaliya (Antalya, Adalia), it is one of the principal seaports of Turkey.
There was another city called Attalia near Thyatira.
A. H. M. Jones, The Cities of the Eastern Roman Provinces (1937), 130-145.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
Attalia: A city on the southern coast of Asia Minor in ancient Pamphylia which, according to
The town possesses considerable which is of archaeological interest. The outer harbor was protected by ancient walls and towers now in ruins; its entrance was closed with a chain. The inner harbor was but a recess in the cliff. The city was surrounded by two walls which were constructed at various times from material taken from the ruins of the ancient city; the outer wall was protected by a moat. The modern town, lying partly within and partly without the walls is thus divided into quarters. In the southern quarter live the Christians; in the northern the Moslems. Among other objects of archaeological interest still to be seen may be mentioned the inscribed arched gateway of Hadrian and the aqueduct. Rich gardens now surround the town; the chief exports are grain, cotton, licorice root and valonia or acorn-cups.