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“A surprising gem!”
Review of Aphrodisias

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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.
Hong Kong, China
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“A surprising gem!”
Reviewed 5 March 2014

With our brand new Muzee Karts (membership cards good for a year to any of the museums in Turkey) in our hands, we decided to take advantage of the cooler weather, and venture on a road trip to the western part of Turkey. IMHO, the best time to visit most of the ruins is in the winter. Less crowds, beautiful photo ops, and a serene calming atmosphere. The first stop on our road trip adventure was the surprisingly well-preserved Aphrodisias, just past the village of Geyre. As it happened to be Christmas Day, the ancient site took on a special meaning for us. From the moment we entered the site, we were facing beautiful friezes, and the well-restored Sebasteion. As we walked further, we entered the center of the city, and the Temple of Aphrodite. It is here, you start to imagine the expanse of the city, and understand it's tragic history. As time was limited (we had a 6 hour drive ahead of us to Pergamon), we only allowed ourselves 2 hours to visit the ruins. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough time to read all the inscriptions, or fully inspect the bas reliefs. Previously, we've visited Hieropolis in Pamukkale, and Ephesus in Selcuk, but both of these paled compared to the awe-inspiring site of Afrodisias.

Visited December 2013
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“Fabulous Historical Site”
Reviewed 17 February 2014

We visited Aphrodisias as part of our Lycia coast tour from Antalya organised by RSD Travel. The site is enormous with a lot to see, but you need a good guide to walk you round and to explain the various parts of the site. Our guide (Ahmet) was very good, clear, concise and fully explained all of our questions. Highly recommend RSD Travel & Ahmet - our guide.

Visited February 2014
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“what a surprise”
Reviewed 10 February 2014

Visited aphrodisias ancient site as part of a coach tour and were very impressed by the condition of these ruins. They were found when a photographer taking pictures of villagers discovered they were using bits of columns and ancient stone benches without realising their significance. So a Turkish archaeologist returned from USA and spent the rest of his life exposing and restoring a city. We didnt have enough time and it is fairly rugged and lacks shelter. But not to be missed.

Visited February 2014
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Lovely Aphrodisias”
Reviewed 9 February 2014

We had a lovely time here. Plenty of time to walk the site with our guide and all of our group enjoyed their time here (part of RSD Travel tour)

Visited January 2014
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“Nicely-preserved and worth a few hours”
Reviewed 9 December 2013

Visited this in October while driving through. Walkable as many of the major sites are close to each other. Ruins are well-maintained and the museum looks to be very good although we did not visit during our visit. I understand it is great. Nice cafe and clean restrooms (take 1 Lira!). My only complaint is that the local municipality INSISTS that you park off-site and take a 2-minute trolley ride to the entrance - for a price (maybe 5L). Given there is a parking lot at the entrance this is clearly a "jobs-for-the-boys" arrangement. Even local hotels have tried to get this changed without success. Nice staff at entrance, well-run site.

Visited October 2013
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