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Aspendos Ruins and Theater

Serik, Turkey
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Serik
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Neighborhoods, Theaters
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

If you love history your love this. Turkish rep very knowledgable and friendly, booked via First Choice. We also went to Perge with this trip. Take water, plenty!

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The amphitheater is large and quite well preserved and restoration is still going on but may not be very genuine. Opera performances are given throughout the summer starting at 9pm. The climb to the Acropolis above it on the hill behind is a bit strenuous but well worth it for the views over the theatre to the hills beyond.

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Impressive! The ruins are in good condition. Great views. Worth the visit. Watch out! The pathways are not really safe - not cleared, lot's of stones, gaps etc. Hence baby trolleys can't be used:( On the top of the hill just by the Agora there's even a 2-meter wide, 5-7 meter deep hole (an ancient water tank I think) with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

we were lucky enough to watch 'Aida' there... truely an amazing experience to watch Opera at such an old theatre!

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Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Theatre impressive but I agree the restoration could have been better. Ruins surrounding up the hill worth the walk, also view of theatre great from above.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

a visit to this theater is well worth it - we we're fortunate enough to visit in september during the aspendos opera and ballet festival - I wouldnt pass on the experience! it was truly on par with world class performances and to be able to watch them in an ancient theatre is a once in a life time opportunity!

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Fethiye, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

La Travita was wonderful, warm evening watching opera under the stars...bliss. You can obtain tickets on the Internet and pick up on the evening. Festivals including ballet and opera in June and September.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I first visited here four years ago and was blown away by this theatre. I was extremely disappointed to see that restoration work was underway which sticks out like a sore thumb and is not sympathetic at all. Having said that, when the theatre was first built, it was probably with the same stone which was extremely white. This renovation... More

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

It was nice to see. I thought they would have taken us inside to see more, we just got to wAlk round the theatre, bit disappointed but the trip did mms it cost too much so no complaints

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The preservation of this buiding is amazing considering its age. It is still being used, this month for Operas and ballets. Avoid visiting in the hot part of the day.

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