Monday, 27 July 2009

Aspendos Theatre

The Aspendos Theatre was built in 167 AD by the son of Theodorius, Zeno (a architect). It is by far the most well preserved Roman theatre in Turkey and one of the best in the world. In it's prime days it was able to accommodate 15,000 people on its 40 rows of banks built against a steep hilltop. The Aspendos Theatre was constructed in the reign of Marcus Aurelius (161-180 AD) by two brothers and was a gift to the city of Aspendos. The theatre is still being used for performances even now 2000 years later, because of its great acoustics inside it.

It was a magnificent place to be in. But I would advise you, if you were to visit the Aspendos Theatre to go at the start or at the end of the day. Because it becomes overcrowded at midday with tour groups .

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A photo of Aspendos Theatre from the top from the top seats. It was quite a trek to get to the top as the only stairs are the steep Roman stairs by the sides of the seats. If you look at top left skyline you just see the Taurus Mountains behind the theatre.

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A photo looking down at a angle on the theatre. It shows the sheer size of the theatre especialy if you compare it to the people.

Other places I visited on my holiday to Turkey;

The Manavgat Waterfall

The Temple Of Apollo


The Kursunla Waterfalls

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