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Discover Aphrodisias: Turkey’s Ancient City of Love and History

So, let’s chat about one of Turkey’s best-kept secrets: Aphrodisias. If you’re thinking of travelling to Turkey or even just dreaming about it, this is one place you definitely don’t want to miss. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Aphrodisias Ancient City View

Aphrodisias Ancient City View

Reasons for Visiting Aphrodisias

Firstly, Aphrodisias is reminiscent of ancient times. This ancient city dedicated to the goddess of love (Aphrodite) has been preserved better than any other archeological site in Turkey. You will wander through history with ruins that go back as far as third century BC. Think walking on marble streets, visiting ancient theaters and getting lost among stunning sculptures. It is every history buff’s fantasy.

But you know what? There is something magical in the air here even if you are not a big fan of history. Nature meets ruins at this breathtaking place. Furthermore, it is not nearly as crowded as places like Ephesus meaning that there aren’t millions of tourists cramping your style.

Aphrodisias Ancient Theatre

Aphrodisias Ancient Theatre

How do I Get There?

Going to Aphrodisias is rather uncomplicated process. From Istanbul, catch a flight to Denizli or Izmir; then from there there’s a little bit road trip involved. At 2 hours drive away if coming from Denizli while from Izmir then expects around 3 hours drives to reach there. If you’re already in the region, say around Pamukkale, it’s even closer – roughly an hour’s drive. Renting a car is probably your best bet since public transportation options are limited, and you’ll want the flexibility to explore at your own pace.

Aphrodisias View

Aphrodisias View

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Where to Go?

Tetrapylon: As an icon, it could also be a perfect Instagram spot with its grand columns and elaborate carvings that make it a cool place for movies. You’ll feel like you’re in a movie.

Stadium: It is one of the world’s most well-preserved ancient stadiums. Just imagine – you know how immense this stadium is? When you walk through it, it almost feels like the sounds of the crowds from centuries ago are in your ears.

The Temple of Aphrodite: This is definitely worth seeing. The remaining temples have got great significance, and a sense of old respect can be felt there.

Sebasteion: This was a temple complex dedicated to Aphrodite and Roman Emperors. These sculptures on the other hand are among the finest samples of Roman art in relief.

Aphrodisias Ancient City View

Aphrodisias Ancient City View

Tips for Tourists

  1. Put on comfortable shoes: There will be lots of walking involved. The area is vast and rough terrain is common thing here.
  2. Carry water and snacks with you: There are few such facilities around; therefore come along with some food stuffs.
  3. Come Early or Late: The noon sun can be harsh especially during summer days when it hurts your eyes to go outside. In addition to being less crowded early mornings and evenings give out an excellent light source for picture taking purposes.
  4. Take Your Time: Do not rush yourself as much as possible. There is so much more see while soaking in all that experience at least give yourself some hours here do that at least three hours would be good enough then more if possible for just this purpose only.
Aphrodisias Museum

Aphrodisias Museum

If you are a lover of history, photography or one who would like to experience the rich culture and beauty of Turkey, then Aphrodisias is a place that is worth including in your travel plan. It is not very popular but that’s what makes it outstanding. There are no masses of people and you can discover something new for yourself as if it is your own bit of ancient history.

To start planning your journey back in time with us, fill the form, pack your bags, charge your camera, and contact us today! Aphrodite’s city awaits your exploration!

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