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APHRODISIAS TURKEY
Situated on high plateau over 600 metres above sea level. Ringed by mountains and watered by a tributary of the Büyük Menderes River, Aphrodisias is one Turkey's more isolated archaeological sites. In 1959, Professor Kenan Erim of New York University visited the site and noticed chunks of marble all around him , 'delicately fluted columns doubled as hitching posts'.
Since then, excavations and restoration of the site have been carried out. Spectacular discoveries have been brought to light ; a very well preserved theatre, a delightful little Odeon, a Temple of Aphrodite, a remarkably intact stadium with a seating capacity of 30.000, a fine bath complex and a bishop’s palace.

Named after Aphrodite, the goddess of love, Aphrodisias was for centuries no more than a shrine, albeit an important one. Her development as a city during the 2nd century BC was probably provoked by her position on the borders of Caria, Lydia and Phrygia and by a proximity to the great east-west and north-south trade routes.

It was under Roman rule that the city became most prosperous and was heavily patronised by various emperors. Close to a quarry, which produced fine, pale white marble, a school of sculpture, which acquired wide spread fame, developed here. The city became an intellectual and cultural centre and was renowned as a seat of medicine and philosophy.

The school here attracted students not only from Asia Minor, but also from other parts of the Roman Empire. At the entrance to the archaeological site, there is an interesting museum ( separate entrance fee ) housing beautiful marble sculptures retrieved from the city.
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