Saw the Temple of Aphrodite and Tetrapylon

Trip Start Jan 01, 2014
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Where I stayed
Divan Talya Hotel
What I did
Visited the temple at Aphrodisias

Flag of Turkey  , Aydın,
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Welcome to Aphrodisias
 
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It is believed that the first settlers to this area occurred about 8000 years ago.  More importantly, it founded the goddess of love, Aphrodite.  Aphrodisias also had a famous school of sculpture.
 
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APHRODISIAS is located about 230km from Izmir, and is located in a earthquake zone, so the site suffered a great deal of damage from the 4th and 7th century earthquakes, and never recovered from the last great earthquake.  

SEP 29: Another coach ride to Antalya, Turkey's Turquoise Coast, and a visit to the ancient Aphrodisias, named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. The only problem was that my wife was at home in California. LOL
The history of Aphrodisias dates back from the bronze age, but the name of the city began in the 3rd century BC. Christianity spread during the Byzantine Empire period, and the city was important with its fertile fields surrounding it. The decline of the city was hastened by attacks by Arab raids and incursions from the east. The first thing one sees in approaching Aphrodisias are the defense walls with the Temple of Aphrodite in the background. The ancient acropolis stood on a hill 20 m high with a view of the whole valley.  The Temple of Aphrodite consists of 14 of over 40 columns that once surrounded it, but what we see now was begun in the 1st century BC. All that remains of the ancient temple consists of fourteen of the over forty Ionic columns that once surrounded it and the foundations of the cella section. Although the cult centre dates back to earlier times the temple whose remains we see today was begun in the 1st
century B.C. and is thought to have been completed during the reign of Augustus.
One of the best surviving feature of Aphrodisias is the ornamental Tetrapylon gate constructed in four groups of four columns. Other interesting ruins are the Bishop's Palace, agora, theater, Sebastian, and the stadium that reminded me of the one in Delphi. 
 
 
 
 

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No statue was found until 1962.   The goddess with one armed stretched forward, and reliefs carved on the garment bands seems to suggest a cult. 
 
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We were able to also visit the Museum of Aphrodisias which was nominated as the year's Best Museum In Europe.
 
 
 
 
 
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We arrived in Antalya in the early evening. Many of us walked to the seashore restaurants for dinner.








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