Friday, January 10, 2014


Aphrodisias is another site inland from Ephesus that I visited in 1990, but not again on the 2013 trip. It's been a sacred site since Neolithic times, but the Greek city of the name was built in the 2nd century BC and dedicated to the cult of Aphrodite. Much later, it became a Christian site and in Byzantine times, the Temple of Aphrodite was turned into a Christian basilica. The city was probably destroyed in Seljuk raids in the late 12th century. From photos I've seen, a considerable amount of work's been done at the site since I was there.

Monumental gate, or tetrapylon:

The stadium seated 30,000 spectators, so it's considerably larger than the one at Delphi in Greece and better preserved:

The Bouleterion (council house), or Odeon, looks to have been constructed sometime in the late 2nd/early 3rd century AD and seated about 1750:

Temple of Aphrodite:

The theater was completed in 27 BC and later modified for Roman gladiatorial contests; it probably accommodated 10-15 thousand people:

I believe this is part of the agora, or marketplace:

Greek inscriptions:

The little museum on site has some lovely sarcophagi:

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