Aphrodisias
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Once the capital of the province of Lydia, the site features well-preserved city walls, the temple of Aphrodite, the theatre, and the stadium.
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Lindy E
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
Jul 2019
I didn’t actually get to Aphrodisias.
Stayed two nights in Pamukkale and booked a tour to Aphrodisias at a local tourist office.
They would only take the booking if I paid in advance.
Later that day they said there were not enough people wanting to do the tour and I should stop by the next day for a refund.
The next day they were closed and remained closed all day so I lost my money.
So I’m sorry to have missed it and recommend NOT staying in Pamukkale.
I also had an unpleasant experience with the accommodation.
Written June 4, 2020
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Lanni
Gaziantep, Türkiye5,204 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
What a magnificent and rich ancient city. Since the entrance, the sarcophagus collection has taken my breath away. I've never seen other ancient city as beautiful as Aphrodisias. It is easy to imagine the grandeur of the city in the past. Sebastianos is the most interesting spot and most sought (by me) as there is nothing like Sebastianos in other ancient city. The reliefs are kept in Aphrodisias Museum which is situated in the same location.

Minimum 2 hours to visit and I consider 2 hours is rush-visit. The location is not easy at all to reach by public transport therefore car rent is recommended.
Written September 28, 2021
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Donna R
25 contributions
Jun 2023
This was a stopover on our way to Izmir from Pamukkale. Not a lot of people know about it so much less crowded than Heiropolis in Pamukkale. The theater is smaller but you can go down to the stage, sit in the governor's seat. It's where marble sculpting was taught so lots of unearthed sculptures were uncovered, many in pretty good condition. They also have a museum with lots of sculptures in it. There are walls built with the tops on columns with faces of the artist's impression of Aphrodite, some quite humorous. Overall a good find and would recommend.
Written June 11, 2023
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BC
Epsom, UK14 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Well worth the effort of a 90 min drive from Pamakkule if you are staying there and have a car. Very quiet, no need to apply "magic erase" to photos to get the people out of pictures, no tourist tat stalls to avoid. In many respects better than Ephesus. Very easy to imagine the grandeur in Roman times. Visually stunning. A nice little cafe on site but no food.
Written July 22, 2023
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Mike X
Chicago, IL2,023 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
We'll worth it if you're day tripping to Pamukkale. Very few people know about this place so you've got the stadium stadium and amphitheatre all to yourself. You can stand right where gladiators and athletes once stood in the stadium and take your time to explore it all. Check out the museum afterwards for the statues that were moved inside.
Written October 26, 2020
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AzRat
Arizona1,991 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
October 2021. Excellent Greco-Roman ruins site with a great museum. Nice choice by our guide - off the beaten tour bus route. Morning visit we had entire site to ourselves. Excellent adventure with much historical stuff. Worth the visit. Museum had spectacular marble sculpture exhibition.
Written October 29, 2021
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Balulad
Beijing, China179 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
Before visiting turkey, I struggled to find information about visiting Aphrodisias without self-driving. Most information was about renting a car and driving to Aphrodisias. I visited Aphrodisias using public transport (only shuttle buses and not using any train) and I am sharing my experience here.

Aphrodisias, is about 100Kms away from Denizli and is much closer to Nazilli - about 50Kms.

I started from Denizli, took Nazilli shuttle at about 7:15am to Kuyucak (sounds as "KuyuJak"). I was dropped at the T-junction. From Here, I took a shuttle to Karacasu ("KaraJasu") From karacasu, I took a shuttle that directly drops you off at Aphrodisias. I was at Aphrodisias at about 10:15am. The shuttle drivers are very helpful and they guide and help you in case you are confused. It was very easy for me and I really enjoyed the trip.

Here are the details:

Denizli to Kuyucak: about 66Kms, takes about 1 hour and costs 10TL
Kuyucak to Karacasu : about 25Kms, takes about 30 - 40 minutes and costs 6TL
Karacasu to Aphrodisias: about 15Kms, takes about 10 minutes and costs 4TL

There are regular shuttles from Nazilli to Karacasu. I guess one can reach Karacasu from Nazilli within 1 hour.

Shuttle timings from karacasu to Aphrodisias are not very frequent. The timings during summer are: 8:30am, 10am and then one shuttle every hour. The last shuttle is at 1900hrs.

From Aprodisias to Karacasu, the shuttle timings are: 7:30am, 8:30am... every hours one shuttle and the last shuttle is at 5:30pm.

If you want to do Aphrodisias as a day trip after Pamukkale and heading towards Izmir, Start early from Denizli complete the visit and head to Nazilli. From Nazilli one can easily access Selcuk or Izmir.

In the opposite direction, you can also visit Aphrodisias on your way to Pamukkale. Dropby at Nazilli, visit the site and head to Denizli.
Written August 6, 2018
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BrightonBabe
Brighton, UK90 contributions
Aphrodisias has got to be one of my favourite sites in Turkey so far.

We decided to escape from the quite horrendous Kusadasi, where we were staying, and take a two night trip by car across to Pamukkale. Having perused the Rough Guide, we reckoned Aphrodisias would be worth a look on the return journey and we were right.

We arrived mid-morning and ended up spending all day there. The ruins are superb and the site was fairly quiet as it isn't on the main tourist trail.

As with every Roman site, there are the theatre ruins, this time in very good nick with bits of the stage still intact. Also great ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite, Baths, Agora and the partially excavated remains of a pool which would have taken up a huge amount of room in the city. The stadium is also brilliant and very complete and the intricate Tetrapylon rivals anything you will see at Ephesus.

I have visited a lot of archaeological sites in Turkey now and this was the best for ruins and the experience - much better than Ephesus and well worth a visit.
Written November 1, 2006
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veeg
San Francisco, CA94 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
It's a little out of the way, but worth the visit.

We were driving from Selcuk to Pamukkale when we stopped here. The parking lot is outside of the site across the road, and a little shuttle tram will take you to the entrance.

This ancient site isn't as big as Ephesus, but therein lies its beauty. It's one of the main ancient sites in Turkey yet few tourists make it.

This means you actually get to wander around without being jostled or rushed. And your photos of the landmarks could be postcard-perfect and people-free.

Besides the ancient city ruins, the stadium and the theater are the main highlights.

The stadium is huge, HUGE; believed to be able to seat 30,000 spectators. For its mammoth size, it is in incredible shape, one of the best preserved structures of its kind in the region.

The theater is beautiful simply because it's so tranquil, looking beyond the stage out into the surround valley and the distant hills.

Also look out for the Bouleuterion (Council House) and the Sebasteion, both of which have fascinating reliefs.

Aphrodisias is still a work-in-progress and you may see archeologists at work, which adds to the charm of this place.

If you're driving, it will probably be mid-day when you get here, so bring a hat and wear sunblock, and bring water with you. There's a cafe and gift shop at the entrance.
Written February 11, 2015
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Marco_Polo499
Milan, Italy274 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
At first Aphrodisias was a Greek city dedicated to the cult of Aphrodite (Venus) and it was very rich; then it became a Roman city, and finally it was abandoned because of the destructions caused by several disastrous earthquakes (especially the one of the 7th century). It is located on a fertile plain surrounded by high mountains. Now it is one of the most attractive and interesting archaeological sites of Turkey, which also includes an amazing archaeological museum. It is a "world heritage" site of UNESCO since 2017. Aphrodisias was close to an important marble quarry, and its school of Sculpting was famous through the ancient world: this explains why so many sculptures were recovered at this site and why there are so many finds on display in the Archaeological Museum.

WHERE IT IS. As the crow flies, Aphrodisias is only 30 kilometres south-west of Denizli; but to go there it takes about 85 kilometres, since the two places are separated by the Akdağ mountains, which have to be circumvented. However the road going to Aphrodisias is a speedy motorway which can be travelled in a little more than one hour: the road passes through Tavas and then reaches the village of Geyre, where Aphrodisias is located. The site can be easily visited from Denizli in 6-7 hours, by taxi or joining an organized tour: three hours will be taken by the journey, almost three hours by the visit to the ruins, and at least an hour by the museum. To give you and idea of the costs, I made a private trip by taxi from Denizli and it cost me 250 Liras (April 2019, about 40 €); it was organized by the super efficient concierge of the Laodikya Hotel, and included as much waiting time at the site as I desired.

THE ANCIENT CITY. It is in the open countryside; monuments and remains are scattered in the meadows. The site is very vast, but an easy and well marked path leads to all interesting places: it's a walk of 2-3 kilometres. Very comprehensive information in Turkish and English is posted near all the most important monuments. The most interesting sights are: the temple of Aphrodite with a dozen columns still standing; the monumental gate to the city, similar to a temple and still practically intact; the city council building (or "bouleuterion"), which is in the form of an amphitheatre and is well preserved; the "Augusteum", dedicated to the emperor Augustus; the stadium.

THE MUSEUM. It's near the entrance to the site. It displays an impressive number of statues, friezes, richly sculpted sarcophagi and sculpted panels; there are hundreds of pieces on display, mainly recovered from Aphrodisias; the official web site of the site claims that the museum has over 12,000 items in stock ! The number of statues and panels on display is absolutely incredible, and I have never seen so many of them in any other museums. The main room of the museum is particularly amazing, with many dozens of magnificent sculpted panels lined up along its walls (each one of them with a size over one metre by one metre). All the pieces are extremely beautiful and all of them are in perfect conditions; many of them are real masterpieces of sculpture. The museum is impeccably organized, the display is very scenic, and comprehensive information in Turkish and English is posted in the rooms or is given in the labels attached to the pieces. Lighting is perfect, allowing you to take great quality photographs. Lots of items are on display also outside the museum; there are capitals, sculpted sarcophagi and panels; particularly noteworthy is a kind of wall erected by stacking on top of each other dozens of sculpted friezes; each piece shows the face of a god or a satyr or a nymph, together with garlands of flowers. If you have any interest in the Greek and Roman sculpture you will spend from one to two hours in this museum.

INFO. The site is open from 9:00 to 19:00 (in summer) and from 9.00 to 17:00 (in winter). Admission is 20 Liras (about 3 €); this includes also admission to the museum, although the museum is closed on Monday. There are restrooms beyond the entrance. Visitors are not numerous, and the site still looks unspoiled.
Written May 22, 2019
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