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Aphrodisias

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Denizli, Turkey.

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While staying in Pamukkale village it is easy and worthwhile to arrange a transfer to the ancient Roman city of Aphrodisias. Its relative isolation and peaceful surroundings make it a welcome break from the usual tourist traps. The stadium stands out as the star attraction, its vast concentric circles of seating for up to 30,000 people engulfing the visitor. There is also a well-preserved theatre, and towering monumental gate.

Aphrodisias boomed under the Romans from the second century BC, and was named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. Stone carving made the city famous, and its carving school produced many fine reliefs and statues which can be seen around the site and on display in the museum.

The easiest way to get to Aphrodisias is to take a transfer from one of the hotels in Pamukkale village. There were six of us on the transfer from Artemis Yoruk Hotel, and the journey there took about an hour and a half. We had about three hours to explore the site and have lunch. If you have your own transport then I would recommend arriving early to avoid the few coach parties that had arrived by early afternoon. Take a picnic as eating options in the area are limited.

Where

Aphrodisias is located in Aydin Province in south-west Turkey. The nearest city is Denizli, but access is easiest on a day transfer from Pamukkale village.

Written by  Barry Nicholson.

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“Aphrodisias”

Located in the rolling hills of southeastern Turkey, the lovely ruins of Aphrodisias contain what was once the preeminent temple of the goddess Aphrodite in Asia Minor. Yet long before the Greek sanctuary of Aphrodite was constructed in the 1st century B… Read more...

Written by  Martin Gray. More about Aphrodisias on Martin's Sacred Sites Website

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