Afrodisias: The best Graeco-Roman ruins.

Day 7: Left for Aydin from Selcuk by the 8 am bus,went further to nazili(13 TL for the journey), then a bus Karajasu(Karacasu),5 TL again. Had to wait for almost 45 minutes for the bus to Geyre,Afrodisias. So I had lunch at one of the local places, the tastiest kursufaliye I had in Turkey. Karajasu was a nice mountain town,infact the whole journey towards Geyre was great, plenty of olive gardens, farms ,orchards,mountains, even lakes and streams and forests. I wish I would have done this route on my own in a car. Reached at about 12, saw the museum because outdoors was pretty hot. It was a great museum,loved all the relics, and the sheer number of relics surprised me.

I instantly fell in love with Afrodisias’ setting, trees and mountains and farmlands all around, that too willow trees I guess. And plus wetlands and ponds interspersed. The site was much larger than I had expected it to be. The stadium was the most winning relic I have seen in Turkey,it just beats everything else. The Afrodisias temple too was quite a sight,and what it made it more eventful was that some women dressed in white were actually praying to the Aphrodite goddess, I believed it was a dead religion. So I spent good 4 hours exploring the site, out of which an hour was spent in the stadium. The bus back to Karajasu was at 5.30 but an employee of the Museum was going on the way,so I got a lift on a 2 wheeler. Back at Karajasu, I realized I had time because my bus to Cappadocia from nazili left at 8 PM,so I just walked a little outside the town, the olive and wheat farms were something nice to explore. Reached Nazili by 7, met a few local youngsters, and left Nazili for Cappadocia at 8 by Metro Turizm(50 TL,ticket booked at Selcuk itself).

Arches at Afrodisias.

Arches at Afrodisias.

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Temple of Aphrodite.

Temple of Aphrodite.

Turkish mediterranean countryside.

Turkish mediterranean countryside.

Stadium at Aphrodisias.

Stadium at Aphrodisias.

Museum at Afrodisias.

Museum at Afrodisias.

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A brief summary of my Trip to Turkey.
Being Vegetarian in Turkey
4 Days in Istanbul.
Selcuk and Ephesus.
Priene-Miletus-Didyma
Afrodisias:The Best Graeco Roman Ruins
4 Days in Cappadocia.
Gaziantep
Nemrut
Sanliurfa

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2 thoughts on “Afrodisias: The best Graeco-Roman ruins.

  1. Thanks, pictures are wonderful, writing is inspiring. I am trying to organize a solo trip ( female) to Turkey for 17 days; appreciate info you have given and your enthusiasm.

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