Aphrodisias, Geyre

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Explore the ruins ofAphrodisias, the ancient Greek city named after the goddess of love, Aphrodite, that earned its place on the UNESCO World Heritage list for its abundance of marble and talented sculptors. What was once the capital of Lydia province is now considered one of the most well-preserved of its type in the Mediterranean. Be sure to take a look at the imposing stadium, which once seated over 30,000 for various athletic events. Examine the other remaining structures that have been arranged to replicate a small city: the temple of Aphrodite, the monumental gateway, the Bouleuterion council house, and the Sebasteion. Stop by the museum on site to see some of the most remarkable remaining marble sculptures. Take time for an audio tour if you would like more information. If you decide to drive to the ruins, park in the lot below the entrance and wait for one of the shuttles to take you to the site. Plan your Aphrodisias visit and explore what else you can see and do in Geyre using our Geyre trip planner .
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  • The city of Aphrodite. I think Rome is a descendant of Aphrodite them yourself, as long as in the past, prosperity and relatively recent excavations are made up of a variety of conservation status of La. Tetra Philo shrine Stadium, etc. are all things, and the damage is vast. Be sure if you have the time, try one of the
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  • Tour was exceptional. Matis Rug Factory very deceiving. Purchased a rug under duress. Was told could return it to a U.S. associated if size was wrong. Have written to Matis with no response and no hel...  more »
  • i heard from the ticket personnel that the place has a decline of tourist in the recent years. I would like to encourage people not to skip this place. It was really a good choice that we stopped by. ...  more »
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  • Stunning and fascinating spot. Beware of the parking scam. They insist you park on the overflow park near the main road and take a tractor shuttle to the museum which is very close. The main car park is fine. Just a scam to get 10 lira out of unsuspecting tourists. Dishonesty of it takes the shine off an otherwise brilliant site.
  • Amazing place you literally smell the history around.Great buildings antique statues...you have to see it as soon as possible.Its underrated deserves more attention than ephesus troya hierapolis...
  • You should visit early this fasinating place. It has wonderful ancient articafts. Love this ancient city.
  • One of the most impressive ancient sites in Turkey. Sculptures from 1-2 c. AD. are well preserved and kept in a nice museum nearby the site. The city was recently listed as one of the UNESCO world heritage site.
  • Aphrodisias enjoys both an unbelievable historical richness and a beautiful natural scenery where all green tones from poplar to olive trees are present. The city was famous not only as a philosophy and medicine center but above all as a school of sculpture: the masterpieces realized there have been spread all over the Roman Empire and found back in the most popular temples such as in Didyma. Aphrodisias was a Carian town named after the goddess of beauty and love, Aphrodite, whose origins date back from the Hittite and Phrygian cultures. Lots of Aphrodite's characteristics are similar to those of the Ephesus Artemis but cannot be compared with the Greek Aphrodite. Aphrodisias knew her golden years during the Roman period as it was located alongside a main trade road. Even after the upcoming of Christians, Aphrodisias remained an important pagan center. Under the Byzantines, who renamed it "Stavropolis" (Town of the Cross), Aphrodisias became the residence of the bishop of Caria. When Aphrodisias had been conquered by the Turks, it received its current name "Geyre", most probably a deformation of "Caria". Today Aphrodisias is not only visited for its beautiful site but also for its opulent sculpture museum. During the 35 years continuous excavations, the temple of Aphrodite, the amphitheater, the thermal baths with their inlaid marble floors, the agora and the stadium, one of the best preserved and biggest in the world, have been brought to daylight.
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