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Aspendos Ruins and Theater

Address: Aspendos, Serik, Turkey
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Serik
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Neighborhoods, Theaters & Stadiums
Owner description: The best-known attraction among the ruins of Aspendos is the great...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Neighborhoods, Theaters & Stadiums
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.
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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43 helpful votes 43 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We take a taxi from Kaleici to Aspendos. It takes about one hour. We visit the theater about one and half hour then return and pay 100TL. We visit 3 ruin theaters in Turkey and this is the best one. We have limited time and select Aspendos from many Rome ruins and we also recommend you to enjoy the opera... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

A visit to the Serik area is incomplete without a visit to the Aspendos Theater one of the best preserved Roman Theaters in the world. Soak in the rich history of not only this spectacular structure but the surrounding ruins as well, I recommend the hike to view of the ancient Roman aqueduct and the other ruins along the trail.... More 

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Voorschoten, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The Roman amphitheatre at Aspendos is one of the biggest and best preserved in the world, with more than 15,000 seats. There are still abouot 10,000 in regular use, nearly 2,000 years after construction, and the Aspendos festival during June and July sees it utilised every night. After touring the amphitheatre, make time to walk up to the aqueduct. Towering... More 

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