Feel the Love Surround You on a Tour to the Alluring Aphrodisias

It’s all about love and at the ancient temple dedicated to Aphrodite, the love goddess, you can feel it all around you. Not only in the ethereal sense, but also in the practical sense. For it was the love of history that saw Turkish archaeologist Kenan Erim dedicate his life to uncovering the story of Aphrodisias. It became his second home for 30 years and, now buried there, his eternal resting place. It is because of Kenan Erim's work that we are now able to experience one of the greatest archaeology sites in Turkey on an Aphrodisias tour.  Read More...

Feel the Love Surround You on a Tour to the Alluring Aphrodisias

It’s the ruins at Ephesus that usually gets most of the attention when it comes to the ancient sites and ruins of Turkey. But, in a lot of ways, Aphrodisias is far superior. With an Aphrodisias ancient city tour see how the site stretches out over a large area and has been exceptionally well preserved and restored. It’s so easy to lose yourself in the moment because it doesn’t have the huge tourist crowds it deserves. Imagining life in ancient Aphrodisias is not hard as it was once a thriving city, although most of the houses of the local people haven’t been uncovered yet. It’s the significant landmarks which take centre stage which all revolve around the temple to Aphrodite. Some of the bigger houses nearby which often take up a whole city block, have been unearthed and reveals a wealthy and prosperous community.

With private tours to Aphrodisias, you will find a long stretch of a pool with fountains at each end forming the boundaries of one side. The traditional-style Turkish baths take a prominent place in the city’s layout and would have been the central place of the gossip trade. A beautiful amphitheatre would have been the setting for excellent performances of culture and arts. Then there’s the stadium which is a sight to behold, and the description on the site’s information nameplate describes it as “the largest ancient and one of the best-preserved stadiums in the world”. If you stand at one end, the other seems far away as it is 270 metres long which seems to stretch out longer than it should under the afternoon sun on Turkey tours to Aphrodisias. There would have been many times when thirty thousand people would have filled those seats, shouting and cheering at the sports taking place. The crowd would not just have come from the city, but from the whole region, for these contests.

In 2009 Turkey suggested Aphrodisias be considered to be put on UNESCO World Heritage List. These things move slowly, and decisions are not always made merely on merit, but hopefully, its time will come. You can understand why it became a bit of an obsession for the famous Turkish archaeologist Kenan Erim to reveal as much as he possibly could of Aphrodisias across the globe. He would be happy to know that the archaeological work is still continuing and that visitors are taking an Aphrodisias day tour who are very grateful for his dedication.

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