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Aspendos
Aspendos

Aspendos

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Sights and Museums, Performing Arts, Historic Site, Theater, Auditorium
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Serik, Antalya Province, Turkey
+90 (312) 2128300
http://www.kultur.gov.tr/EN-113737/aspendos.html
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Aspendos boasts the best-preserved Roman theater in Turkey, and one of the best in the world. Once called Belkis, Aspendos was founded by the Hittites, but it was Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius ... Read more
(161-180 AD) who ordered its great theater to be built. Still used for performances today, the theater really allows you to imagine what it was like to attend a dramatic performance in Roman times. The ruined city includes a substantial aqueduct and less impressive remains of an agora, basilica and stadium, and you can wander through the farmers' fields to find them, though it's the theater that you really want to see.

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Norwich, UK

Wonderful site to explore. We were lucky enough to have a singer in our group & she sang softly yet could be heard around the auditorium.

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Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK
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Aspendos Theatre has a seating capacity of around 8,000, and is regarded as the best preserved theatre of antiquity. It is about 40kms east of Antalya, and many organised tours will bring you here during the day, probably combined with a visit to nearby Perge, although you can easily make the trip on the local Dolmus (minibus). However, the time to visit is at evening for one of the many concerts that are held here. The Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival has been held here since 1994 with international participation by opera and ballet companies from several different countries. The festival is held annually each June and July. You will find these and other concerts advertised throughout Antalya and Side, and your tickets will usually include organised transport from your location/hotel. We have been fortunate to visit on three separate occasions and the events are spectacular - definitely a not to be missed opportunity if you are in the area.

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a very pleasant surprise. didnt expect to see this kind if arcitecture here in turkey. well worth a visit

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Incredibly well preserved Roman Amphitheatre

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Exciting place! breath of history is in the every stone.

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North Queensferry, UK

Great Exdperience

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Frankfurt, Germany

Aspendos liegt etwa 50 Kilometer außerhalb von Antalya und ist der Name einer antiken Stadt, von der einige der wichtigsten Bauwerke außergewöhnlich gut erhalten sind. Am beeindruckendsten ist das Amphitheater, in dem auch heute wieder Aufführungen stattfinden. Auch die antike Agora, eine Basilika und Teile der Tore sind gut zu erkennen. Ein Kultur-Ausflug im Türkei-Urlaub, den man definitiv machen sollte!

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