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My favorite ruins in Turkey Jan 05, 2009
The ruins at Aphrodisias were my favorite ruins in Turkey.
When you are reaching amphitheater burnout, this is a great place to visit.
Not only do they have amphitheater, but they have an enormous stadium, 300 meters long, that is without a doubt the most impressive ancient site I saw in Turkey. I liked it even better than the famed Library of Celsus in Ephesus. The sheer scale of it is breathtaking.
The gateway to the temple of Aphrodite is also one of the most monumental, well preserved structures you are likely to find in Turkey. Aphrodisias was known in ancient times for its proximity to a marble quarry, and the scale of many of the constructions in the city reinforce this fact.
Unfortunately, the ruins are difficult to get to without a rental car. We ended up catching 2 or 3 different dolmus's to get there, but on our way back the roads were deserted. After walking along a rainy road for over an hour, with hardly any cars passing by, we were finally able to hitchhike back to somewhere more populated.
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