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“A beautiful place”
Review of Aphrodisias

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Full-Day Tour of Aphrodisias and Pamukkale
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Owner description: Once the capital of the province of Lydia, the site features well-preserved city walls, the temple of Aphrodite, the theatre, and the stadium.
Somerset, England
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“A beautiful place”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

The Tetrapylon makes a beautiful picture as you enter this site which is dedicated to Aphrodite,
Goddess of Love. The hippodrome was an amazing site.

There are fewer tourists here which makes it much easier if you are a keen photographer .

There is a museum housing beautiful displays.

Could have spent a lot longer here but coach needed to head on to next stop.

Visited October 2012
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“Aphrodisias and its museum”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

The ruins of Aphrodisias are not exactly easy to reach, but they are well worth the trouble if you are interested in archeology.We visited it as a one-day trip from Izmir in a private car, and it was a long day. The road was excellent (freeway) until Aydin after which it became a progressively narrower and more crowded divided highway. Also, don't go on a Monday because the excellent museum is closed then (more about the museum later).

Aphrodisias can easily be combined with a visit to the nearby Pamukkale, which is on standard tourist itineraries.

Reviewers compare and contrast this sight with the much-better known Ephesus. Ephesus is certainly much easier to reach, especially for the cattle operations launched from cruiseships. In summer the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds combine with the extreme heat to make a visit to Ephesus a torment. The ruins there are more grand, but the associated museum in Selcuk is tiny. In contrast, you might have Aphrodisias to yourself. And the museum is large, informative and chock-full of statuary. No wonder since the city was famous for its sculptors in antiquity and you can find Aphrodisias-made works of art all over the Roman world. They liked to display their skill by carving expressive faces all over the city.

On the site itself, the entrance to the precinct of the famous temple of Aphrodite has been reconstructed (the so-called "tetrapylon") and gives an idea of how impressive the temple must have been (not much is left of it). The stadion is one of the largest reamining from the Roman world.

The museum beautifully complements what you see on the site, especially the so-called Sebasteion. This was a gallery of three floors, the upper two of which were decorated with reliefs showing scenes from mythology and members of the then-reigning Roman Imperial family, the Claudians. It was a thrill to encounter most of the characters one met in "I, Claudius", including Nero and his mother..which helped in the dating because historians know when he poisoned her. The museum has installed 107 of these reliefs the way they appeared in antiquity. I have not seen anything like this anywhere else.

This dedicated gallery is named after Sevgi Gonul, the Turkish philanthropist who sponsored it.

Visited September 2012
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“Worth seeing if you have some time”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

It was a good stop as part of a 2+ week trip in Turkey. There are some interesting ruins here, and the tetrapylon, a gate to enter the city, is quite a site. Stadium is huge, and the theater is also noteworthy. It is much less crowded than Ephesus, which is nice, but I would say that Ephesus is still much more grand. I thought Aphrodisias was worth it for the person who is very interested in ruins or for independent travelers who want to knock around the country a bit. I do not rate it as the must-see of Ephesus, however. If you go as far as Aphrodisias, I do recommend going on to Pamukkale and staying a couple nights.

Visited October 2012
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“Lesser known- but unmissable”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

Not yet overcrowded (seems not to be on the Cruise Ship circuit yet), this is not to be missed. So much to see, so much more to be unearthed I think. At just 10TL admission, this is a bargain!

Visited October 2012
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Speers Point, Australia
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“Excellent Ancient Site”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

Gotta love the Greeks! Only they could put together a story where Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and other things sexual, would grow from someone's surgically removed genitals!

Aphrodisias celebrates everything about Aphrodite. And one assumes that there must have been a lot to celebrate from the extent and the quality of the structures that have been discovered at this site near Geyre in Turkey. A fair amount of restoration work has been undertaken to date and perhaps the most magnificently restored structure at the site is the Monumental Gateway that stands beside the ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite - great photographic material on the right day!

Access to the site is unique, with the car park being perhaps 200m east of the ruins and transport in is via a trailer pulled along by a tractor - tractors are big in rural Turkey (like utes in Oz).

Both the site itself and the car park have restaurant and toilet facilities and souvenirs are available at both sites.

Visited September 2012
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