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“That memorable stadium”
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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.
Reviewed 23 March 2014

This not as big as Ephesus and so can be absorbed easier. The remaining buildings are remarkable with the stadium being virtually complete. It is the largest and best preserved one left in the world. Sitting in the stadium I am not sure if I was waiting for the football match to start or the gladiators to come in. The modern museum with the well preserved marble friezes excavated from the site is worth spending an extended time in.

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Reviewed 23 March 2014

We visited as part of our RSD tour of Lycia. It was totally on expected to find a stadium built in a valley and so complete having been protected from the earthquake in the 7th century AD.The theatre was so well preserved including the stage and backdrop you could imagine the actors coming onstage. Also interesting was all the friezes displayed as a wall. We found this more moving than Ephesus and without salesmen selling guide books and souvenir shops. The museum was incredible too.

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Reviewed 14 March 2014

We visited here the day after we'd been to Ephesus, so it was impossible not to compare the too. For me, this place had the slight edge in two respects: there were less ham-fisted (non-modern) attempts at reconstruction, and the museum (which houses many of the rescued statues) was a real gem. The stadium, which is 90% original, and un-restored, is just amazing. Close your eyes a little and you can imagine being there in ancient times. There is a good circular walk around the site & sign-posting is good. Lots to look at. They've done a really good job with the museum - the displays are clear, uncrowded and not over-documented. Very impressive.

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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.

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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.

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