Trip Start Feb 08, 2008
Trip End Sep 11, 2009

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Flag of Turkey  , Aydin Province,
Saturday, May 30, 2009

Following my visit to Nysa, and another night in the hotel in Aydin, I next went to Aphrodisias, a second and return visit after three years.

Aphrodisias was one of my favorite archaeological sites because I love Roman portrait sculpture. And the museum there has a fine collection of it. Unfortunately for me, the museum was being renovated and not to be visited.

However, there was some compensation. Some archaeological restoration had been taking place in the last three years. This of an area called The Sabasteion.

And the sculptural finds--quite a  large set--were on display in new annex to the museum. In addition to rewalking the well laid-out visitors' path, I had to content myself with this display.

Otherwise I again traced a walk around Aphrodesias. Aphrodesias is one of the most popular of Turkey's many touristic destinations. John Ash, a writer mentioned in a previous blog, has a disdain for the place. I usually agree with his take on a place, usually more obscure sites. But in the case of Aphrodesias, I disagree. I like the place and it's setting.

Upon leaving the official site, and before catching a return bus--or series of buses to get back to Aydin, I climbed a hill for an overview of Aphrodesias. Atop the hill I got caught in a not-to-troublesome shower.

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harun on

“A treasure!”
We visited Aphrodisias on a day trip from Pamukkate and were so glad we did. Sitting out in the middle of the countryside, the ruins of this city are really amazing. There were other tour groups there at the same time, but we often found ourselves alone among the ruins and able to really enjoy them. Includes the truly beautiful ancient gate (tetrapylon), the remarkably intact stadium www.privatetoursinistanbul.com the temple of Aphrodite with many standing columns, the bouleterion, baths, agoras, houses, lovely amphitheatre, and the remarkable Sebasteion as well as an excellent museum. So much to see, and plenty of time to see it on a gorgeous early October day. Highly recommended.

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