1 hour distance from Pamukkale and 230 km from Ýzmir city center, Aphrodisias has the best prepared marble statues of the antique era. It was the school of sculpture and you can still see the artworks today in the garden of Aphrodisia’s Museum of Archeology.

Evidences show that Aphrodisias was inhabited since Neolithic times making it one of the earliest settlement areas in Anatolia. Aphrodisias was just a shrine for many centuries despite being situated in a strategically important area and being close to many major trade routes. It only grew into a town in the 2nd Century BC.

The Roman city of Aphrodisias set amongst the mountains in one of the most picturesque sites and one of the oldest sacred sites in Turkey. The site has been sacred since as early as 5,800 BC, when Neolithic farmers came there to worship the Mother Goddess of fertility and crops. In Greek times, the site was dedicated to Aphrodite, the goddess of love and fertility. The site was named Aphrodisias during the 2nd Century BC and The Temple of Aphrodite was built in the 1st Century AD.Today, the Temple of Aphrodite is well-preserved and partially restored.

This ancient city of sculptors also houses extensive ruins of a large theater which was completed in 27 BC, Odeon, Bishop’s Palace, Stadium and an on-site museum with the marble scultures, gorgeous reliefs, statues and artifacts.
The first structure you see upon entry to the site is Tetrapylon, a lovely 2nd Century gateway with four groups of 4 Corinthian columns (from which it gets its name).
The stadium is one of the best preserved from the classical era with a unique elliptical shape. It was specially designed for athletic contests and was hosting games in Roman times.

The remains are settled on a high plateau surrounded by mountains and creates an amazing scenery, definitely a must-see place those who seek a touch to the ancient history.