Aphrodisias - A Small Ancient Greek kingdom-city in the Historic Caria Cultural Region

Aphrodisias is located in the Geyre Village, which is in the province of Aydin of southwestern Turkey (a little over 200 km from Izmir).

Aphrodisias, This ancient city resides at the base of the Babadag mountain range (which is also home to any great outdoor activities and hiking trails) and was the capital city of the Roman province of Caria, named after the patron goddess Aphrodite.Aphrodisias

This archeological site is one of the most important dating back to all Roman cities in Turkey and was also home to a vibrant Jewish community.

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The city is known to have been most prosperous from second century B.C.

until sixth century A.D. Unlike many other archeological sites, many of the ancient ruins are extremely well preserved, providing archaeologists with greater understanding of Roman culture and available information linking local traditions in the region with those of Aprhodisias.

Considering the intricate detail of many of the excavations and monuments that have weathered the tests of time, Aphrodisias served as an important cultural and artistic center.

Many sculptors that lived or trained in this city were commissioned for other great works all  Aphrodisiasthroughout the empire. Some of the main features of the site include beautiful, marble statues of royal families and of mythological gods and heroes.

In addition, there are other amazing sites such as the theater, the Hadrianic Baths and the stadium.

 

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