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Aphrodisias is one of the most impressive archaeological sites I’ve ever visited. It should not be missed on a trip to western Turkey. You may be tempted to skip Aphrodisias to spend all of your time at Pamukkale, or skip it because you’ve already seen ruins at Ephesus. This is would be a huge mistake. Aphrodisias is an incredibly preserved ruined Greek town that was one of the main sculpting centers of the Greek and Roman worlds. The site is off of the tourist path, so receives very few visitors. As you wander around and get lost amongst the crumbled stone buildings, you will likely see few other people. The ruins are partially overgrow by lush trees and bushes, giving visitors the feeling that they have just stumbled upon this lost city. Because of its importance as a sculpting center in antiquity, the site abounds in incredibly preserved marble statuary, facades, and sarcophagi. Many archaeological sites and museums around the world contain marble works carved at Aphrodisias, as they were mass-produced by skilled artisans.
The museum at Aphrodisias is relatively small, but contains an unbelievable collection of marble statues. The site has produced so many amazing pieces that a significant number are still outside, as there is nowhere else to put them. Another highlight of Aphrodisias is the stadium, one of the largest and best preserved in the Mediterranean. It can seat over 30,000 spectators, and is 270 m (890 ft) in length. On the way out to the stadium is the Tetrapylon gateway, pictured above. It’s an intricate and beautiful structure which has become the symbol of the archeological site. Also worthy of mention are the nearby ruins of the Temple of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, and the patron goddess of the city. Next to the temple is the odeon, a council house and auditorium that resembles a small amphitheater. On the other side of the site, across the agora, the most interesting feature is a much larger amphitheater. It is not as large as the theater at Ephesus, but is better preserved. You could easily spend 3 hours wandering through the ruins. This is truly one of the top sites to visit in Turkey, but it is largely overlooked.
Aphrodisias is located east of the town of Geyre, and is open from 8:30am to 7:00pm. It is a 1 hour and 15 minute drive to Aphrodisias from Pamukkale, via Denizli, or a 2 hour and 15 minute drive from Selçuk (the town near Ephesus). The easiest way to get there if you don’t have your own car is to catch a minibus (“dolmush”) from Pamukkale. They set out from Pamukkale at 9:30am, and leave Aphrodisias at 3:30pm. The entry fee to the site is 15 TL per person, and the minibus costs between 30 and 40 TL. An audio-guide and maps are available at the gate. Despite the lack of many visitors there is good tourism infrastructure on site, including the museum, a restaurant, and a souvenir shop.
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