Turkey 2010 – Aphrodisias

I’ve found this entry very hard to start. We decided to visit Aphrodisias at the last moment, and ended up having one of those perfect ‘peak experience’ days.

It started with a fun drive from the car park to the entrance.
This sculpture on the edge of the path down looked promising…
…as did the remains of a house (note the different column types).
The remains of snow on the nearby mountains was rather surreal.
Then ‘wham’, the Temple of Aphrodite.
It’s HUGE (note that I’ve managed to get the snow into shot)…
…with amazing detail.
Adam was a bit ahead of me, and started to laugh hysterically…well you can see why!
The stadium is 270m long, with a capacity of 30,000.
If you listened carefully you could hear the roar of the crowd, and see the dust churned up by the chariot wheels.
This may have been a backgammon ‘board’. We saw a remarkably similar piece in the Ephesus museum.

The remains of the Bouleuterion, council chamber, which had been preserved by mud.
The end of rows of seats had the lovely ‘hoof’ detail we’d seen elsewhere.
The ‘posh’ seats…
…would have had this delightful little chap to lean on.
In amongst all the archeological splendour, we found the beginning of a wasps nest…
…and a very snoozy cat.
Here is some more beautiful detail…
…the market place…
…and a vague overview of the site.
Aphrodisias was excavated comparatively recently (by the late Prof Kenan Erim of NYU, who’s buried by the Gate of Aphrodite), the majority of the finds are here.
Including Michael Heseltine….
…Brian Blessed…
…and this noble youth.
The museum was fabulous beyond belief, including this room (hall) full of reliefs.
By the end of it all, we felt a bit like this (photo by Adam).