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“Truly Amazing”

Aspendos Ruins and Theater
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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.
Reviewed 24 July 2012

Definitely take water with you! We went on our own and not as part of a trip, however, I would have liked to have had more of the history from a guide, but just walking around a working amphitheatre of that age and wondering how they managed to build something so impressive that has lasted so long is remarkable.

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Reviewed 17 July 2012

Dont miss this if you are in the area. With temperatures around 40+degrees, was rather like being in a furnace, but didn't stop us enjoying this amazing site. Must be fantastic to watch opera here as they put on shows now and again. Watch out for the friendly gladiators! Nice little cafe to get a cold drink, not too dear.

Thank Pedroofpobla
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Reviewed 17 July 2012

It's a shame that not very many tourists visiting Antalya make the trip to see this extremely well preserved ancient Roman theatre. When I took my boyfriend and his family there, I think they were ecpecting a small ruin that hasn't stayed intact and they were really amazed. And in the words of my boyfriend's brother, who is rarely impressed with anything, "This is better than the Colosseum".

Thank BobLoblawsLawBlog
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

If you like roman history, you'll enjoy visiting this amazing location. The pictures can barely do it justice. My family & I enjoyed walking around the ruins & having an ice cream afterwards.

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Reviewed 2 July 2012

Each June the International Opera and Ballet Festival at Aspendos is held and we got tickets for the opening night performance of Aida by the Ankara State Opera and Ballet from a booth outside the Side Museum (June 2009). The tickets included transport to the theatre and we were at the theatre before 8 for the 9:30 start. All the performers were hanging around outside the venue already in Egyptian costume and makeup; begging cats emitted piteous meowing and received enormous pieces of pizza from them in return. The doors opened at 8 and we moved slowly towards the entrance. Security personnel searched all bags and people carrying glass had it confiscated. The theatre's stone benches had small slightly-padded green squares indicating the seating places so we grabbed three seats quite close to the stage left of centre and spent the time watching the crowd and taking pictures as the sun slowly set and the arcade around the top of the theatre turned more and more orange against the darkening sky.

The staging, costumes and lighting were amazing. A spectacular set with enormous columns and sculptures evoked ancient Egypt; the cast of thousands (or 50, at least), including three horses, had beautiful, colourful costumes and the lights bathed the stage in blue and purple and red. Aspendos can have only acoustic performances so that the sound vibrations do not harm the 1,800 year old venue built in the reign of Marcus Aurelius. They also included ballet numbers in some of the acts, which were lovely. It was amazing to see a performance in this fabulous space; Aspendos must be one of the, if not the, best preserved ancient theatres in the world. See more information and pictures here: http://lmaclean.ca/2009/06/the-three-stooges-in-turkey-the-continuing-adventures-of-larry-curly-and-moe/

Thank lisaannem
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