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Aspendos Ruins and Theater

Serik, Turkey
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Ranked #1 of 6 attractions in Serik
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Istanbul, Turkey
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Rating this attraction as 'terrible' has nothing to do with the amazing theatre of Aspendos or the rest of the ruins. But I would like to warn everyone who decideds to go on a day trip from Antalya to Aspendos (alone or in combination with Perge and Side) against the dodgy tour offers for mini-bus trips that are maybe on... More

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Bowie, Maryland
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32 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This site looked really neat, but I discovered upon arrival that it is closed indefinitely for renovations. There is a path that allows you to walk above the theater so you can see it from overhead, but it's not the same. However, this also allows you to see, from a distance, the remains of a basilica, which is also a... More

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USA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014 via mobile

While the actual amphitheater is closed until Jun 14 (as of this post), you can still get a good view of the theater from the hilltop. It was a pity we couldn't walk around inside, but the rest of the grounds (an entire hilltop of ruins - from temples, aquaducts, hospitals, stadiums and more - was worth the price of... More

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London, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
55 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

A visit to aspendos would be a good day trip with very well preserved Roma. Ruins including a stadium , amphitheater, aqueduct and basilica . The views from the aqueduct are great , some restoration work going on at the amphitheater but still worth the visit - might be hard for people with mobility issues to trek uphill to see... More

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Gloucester
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171 reviews 171 reviews
75 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The amphitheatre is well preserved and gives an excellent impression of what this was like. Work is being carried out on it so some parts were inaccessible but you could walk up the tiered stone seating to get a sense of size and perspective, quite hard work climbing back down though. The carved stonework around the stage is quite spectacular... More

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Lymington, Hampshire,England
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29 attraction reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Beautifully preserved façade and stage area. Around it is complete Roman town infrastructure on a par with anything I've seen elsewhere (e.g. Palmyra in Syria or Jerash in Jordan). The aqueduct is very impressive. Probably quite a lot to uncover and restore/preserve still.

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Clemmons, North Carolina
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Our group had a wonderful visit. First experience at a roman ruins and was very satisfied. We had a christian worship service and was amazed at how the sound carried so well.

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Herts
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215 reviews 215 reviews
69 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

The lasting memory of Asepndos was the building works and crane. The crane towers over the theatre and there were workmen all over the place. Three quarters of the theatre was out of bounds, including the whole top section, and there is a wooden barricade down the middle. The works are crucial if it is still to host actual events,... More

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Island of Malta, Malta
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Dates back from the Roman times. Interesting & fascinating history to hear and a pleasant place to visit.

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Taree NSW Australia
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32 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We visited this amphitheatre as part of an organised tour of Turkey. It is a very well preserved theatre and is quite spectacular. There are a couple of men dressed as gladiators who will pose for you - pick up the photos as you leave - very reasonable price, so we splurged (10TL for one, or 15TL for two.) It... More

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