Aphrodisias Archaeological Site is 86 km (53 mile) far to Aydin centurum. The mound on which a theatre was built in a later age had been a prehistoric settlement site dated back to the 5th millennium BC. Aphrodisias was a small village in the 6th century BC. The first Temple of Aphrodite was built in this period. The foundation of a city to a grid plan in the 2nd century changed the appearance of this location. In this period, the population of the city covering an area of nearly 494 hectares was about 15,000.

In the 1st century BC, Roman Empire Augustus took Aphrodisias under his personal protection. The remains standing today were built in the following two centuries. Between the theatre and the temple, two areas surrounded with columns were planned (the Portico of Tiberius and the Agora). The stadium of t he city of Aphrodisias, one of the best-preserved stadiums originating from ancient times, was at the northern end of the city. In end 3rd century AD, Aphrotisias became the capital city of the province of Caria of the Roman Empire. In the 4th century AD, the city was surrounded with walls. Beginning from the 6th century AD, it lost its prosperity and importance. The Temple of Aphrodite was converted into a church. The city, which turned into a small town, was abandoned completely in the 12th century.

Excavations initiated by the New York University in 1961 are continued today.

Open daily between 08:00-17:00
Address: Geyre Beldesi, Karacasu – Aydin
Tel: +90.256.448 8003
Admission: 10 TL

*Ticket booths are closing 30 minutes or an hour before the museum closing time*

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