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Aspendos Ruins and Theater

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Address: Aspendos, Serik, Turkey
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The best-known attraction among the ruins of Aspendos is the great theater,...

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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Amazing Amphitheatre - outstanding

This truly is the best-preserved Roman amphitheatre. Our guide explained about the different local stone used to build it, as well as the style, the entrances etc. He reckoned... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This truly is the best-preserved Roman amphitheatre. Our guide explained about the different local stone used to build it, as well as the style, the entrances etc. He reckoned 7-8000 would be seated to watch a tragedy or gladiatorial combat. It is wonderful to be able to climb up through the seats and stand at the top and see the... More 

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Antalya, Turkey
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kaleici is very wellknown by locals and foreiners.Surely, you can have tones of attractions with many different of event options.This place is a "must see" point of antalya visitors.Many different style of pubs and bars awaite for you...

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Thank Artan07
Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Roman theatre is still used for regular theatrical/musical performances through the summer. It is advised to take something soft to sot on as the stone seating is very unforgiving, however, the splendour of sitting in an open at theatre that has been in used for hundreds and hundreds of years is, in itself, both humbling and thrilling. The operatic... More 

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calgary,alberta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is hard to believe that this theatre is 2000 years old. Very well preserved with a few parts restored. Completely amazing. Climb to the top seats to get a view of the whole thing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was first ancient building I've ever seen and I was surprised by the size of construction. Moreover few centuries ago on the place of nowadays village was located big regional city-state. I definitely convinced that it worth to see.

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Thank Vitalii M
Armonk, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Roman engineering is amazing. Still to this day this theater complex survives. IF you have time, walk around to see it all. I was only able to view the theater. Most of the stage and façade remain. Seating has been modified by "restorations" which mean different colors in the seating, and other aspects. However, the basic architecture remains.

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Thank Anise2014
Essex, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Went to Aspendos and felt it was a fantastic piece of history especially as it has been used continuously for 2000 years, amazing. Unfortunately all a little bit touristy for me and very much over restored, it is well worth a visit. Of course a couple of gladiators are there to make it all authentic, have your picture done with... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Somewhat away from the main track tourist run, this fantastic site includes a huge largely intact amphitheatre which is still used for performance. Nearby, the coliseum ruins are fragmentary, but a short climb reaches the shell of the imposing basilica with clear evidence of what was there before. Climbing 'Theatre Hill' affords a commanding aerial view of the amphitheatre. One... More 

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Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Again, low season means you have the place to yourself! There are a couple of guys dressed up in Gladiator gear who will approach you, and the first thing they do is to take away your camera (phone) so that you do not take pictures of them in their costume. They will insist that you strike various poses with them... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

We visited Aspendos 2 years ago and as were not disappointed with the site included in our itinerary on a coach tour this year. Aspendos, to the east of Antalya, has arguably Turkey’s best, most complete theatre, built during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius in the 2nd century AD. Aspendos is surrounded by mountains, which makes this excellently-preserved theatre... More 

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