Places to Visit in Aphrodisias

When you travel to Aphrodisias, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Aphrodisias, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Aphrodisias to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Aphrodisias things to do can include exploring Aphrodisias attractions and visiting the places of interest.

 

You will be amazed to know that this temple is currently well maintained and partially restored to formal glory, making Aphrodisias tours worthwhile – for you can imbibe the ancient splendor all so easily. The place also houses a large theatre, stadium and other structures like a museum that displays the artifacts of the place.

Sacred since 5800 BC when the Neolithic farmers first came to worship Mother Goddess of fertility and crops, the place later got dedicated by the Greeks to Aphrodite. During the 2nd century BC, the place was renamed Aphrodisias and the Temple of Aphrodite was erected in the 1st century BC. The culture of the place was distinctive as evident from the site, and it would deeply reflect the ancient origins and commonalities with other existing temples for Anatolian deities. For ages, the place was just considered to be holy, but when Romans defeated the Pontic ruler Mithridates in 74 BC, Aphrodisias was greatly rewarded for its loyalty. Thus, began its days to prosper as a village. Both Julius Caesar and Sulla were devotees of Venus and favored Aphrodisias and Emperor Augustus gave high grants making it an autonomous and tax-free state.

Aphrodisias is a place for the history lovers. It is an area where you can uncover the magnanimous glamour of ancient civilizations and how they ruled the world then. One of the places where you would learn most is the Aphrodisias Museum which is very near to these monuments and houses the city’s famous marble sculptures. Of the statues, it also includes the cult statue of Aphrodite that stood in the temple. The statue is not only unique and interesting, but has often been described as beautiful, colossal and glamorous – befitting that of goddess of love.

Aphrodisias gives an opportunity to camp in a tent with absolutely minimal or no cost, however, this can be done only outside the entrance of the park by the cemetery. There is an intersection of the main road into Geyre from where a source of spring water would be available to attend to your basic needs. You can also ask for permission from security in the museum or from the military post that is stationed outside the entrance. Another option for camping is to walk to any of the fields around the park and pitch the tent under one of the olive trees.

Aphrodisias is mainly a day trip and therefore there is a single café on site. However, outside you might find some restaurants across the road from the entrance. The restaurant Doga Restaurant Afrodisias serves Turkish cuisine including pizza, salad and drinks.

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