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Aspendos Ruins and Theater

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Address: Aspendos, Serik, Turkey
Description: The best-known attraction among the ruins of Aspendos is the great...
The best-known attraction among the ruins of Aspendos is the great theater, an amazingly well preserved vestige of Roman architecture that may be as impressive as Rome's own Colosseum.
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We rented a car to visit a number of historical sites and this was an impressive site. Well preserved amphitheatre. Offf peak season helps, so as not to have crowds surrounding... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2014
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Cape Town Central, South Africa

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We rented a car to visit a number of historical sites and this was an impressive site. Well preserved amphitheatre. Offf peak season helps, so as not to have crowds surrounding you. A wide-angle lense / camera is needed to capture the full extent of the scale.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

As part of our tour of Capadocia, we visited this amphitheatre and were amazed at the acoustics and the size of its seating. The fact that it represents both Greacian and Roman design makes it even more interesting.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

the most complete Romano/Turkish amphitheatre and ancient roman amphitheatre, a day out to remember, not a frequent turkish traveller this was an eye opener, having travelled the Aegean since the early seventies ( my father was here in the RN during WWII), I have seen, worked and tourists many an ancient dig/site. This was truly an experience I did not... More 

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Very well informed local guide and freedom to roam over the ruins. Locals were out in force selling souvenirs at inflated prices. Be prepared to haggle and walk away if not happy

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Athlone, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This theatre was very well constructed and is therefore well preserved. It has been partially restored. The amphitheatre is huge and the acoustics are amazing.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Today we drove 40 km (one hour) to see the Aspendos Theatre only to find out that it was closed for three months to put a concrete roof over the semicircular gallery at the top of the theatre. By the way, that is not too controversial since the Romans invented concrete. In fact, the greatest Roman temple was one of... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The sheer scale of the structure that survives is amazing - even when visiting with the rain pouring down. Makes the one at "Orange" in S. France look like a tiddler in comparison. Didn't realise that the used the amphitheatre for Gladiator fights and Wild animals etc. - as well as production of plays.

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Cardiff, Wales
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This amphitheatre used to host events which appealed to its Roman audience, including so-called games, where lions and Christians provided the entertainment. Whilst it is impossible to imagine these horrors, the Theatre is a testimony to the ingenuity of its builders and sponsor, the later was ingratiating himself with the Emperor at the time. The acoustics are truly amazing, and... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

It is worth the visit. I drone an hour by car to visit this place and it was worth the visit. I went for a camelo ride with my daughter before we walked inside, it was great... The theater is amazing, and if you are interested, they still have plays on it. Check to see if you can watch a... More 

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Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

the site that has some interesting ruins that gives a good insight of the life at the 2nd and 3rd century has an exceptional amphitheatre (one of the rare in the world in this quality of conservation) . To realise the quality of its acoustic the best is to go there during its festival that starts every year on the... More 

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