An antique city situated near the Karacasu-Aydın province,
was established in the name of Goddess Aphrodite. It
continued to be a great center of inbatiance from the Bronze
Age to the Byzantine Preiod (2800 B.C. - 220 A.D.). During
excavations, the Aphrodite Temple, Odeon, Statium and agora,
and the city baths have been revaled. Aphrodisias was well
known during the Early Age as a center of sculpture. The
Aphrodisias Stadium is one of the best preserved stadiums
among the antique city stadiums in Anatolia.
lovely town, a popular port, and at the same time, an
attractive holiday resort, is this "Bird Island"
taking its name from the little "Dove Island" in
the harbor. Facing this islet covered with flowers, Kusadasi
stands on the beautiful shores of Aegean Sea, overlooking a
bay of real fascination.
pretty beaches along the deep blue sea will be the first to
tempt newcomers with their scenic view under the glittering
sun. When wandering through the town, one will be pleased a
second time, by the modernity and high quality of the
numerous accommodation establishments and related with their
large marina here is a favorite place of yachtsmen, with its
complete services, and it is a colorful site to visit, being
also a good shopping area. The famous ancient cities near
Kusadasi, like Ephesus, Miletos and Priene, Didyma make the
district interesting for sightseers, together with the
historical remains like the old fortress and caravansary
inside the town. The Dilek National Park, which is a
wildlife preserve and a heaven for many species is worth
of these charming spots complete the picturesque appearance
of this town; Kusadasi today constitutes a perfect resort
for every type of vacation at any time.
is 12 kms northeast of the town of Karacasu. The history of this
ancient city goes back to 4000 BC but the major part of
Aphrodisias was built in the 1st-century BC. It was constructed to
pay homage to Aphrodite, the goddess of love and fertility, whom
it takes its name from.
the high city walls, stand beautiful buildings covered by white
and blue-gray marbles. The artistic style of the carvings on the
monuments were so magnificent that the city soon became the master
of arts, and its fame reached all sides of the ancient world. It
constituted the greatest center of sculpturing, with its
"School of Sculpture" the marvelous works of which are
now displayed at the nearby museum.
impressive sight in this city is the Aphrodisian theatre dating to
the Hellenistic period. The lovely Aphrodisias odeion is another,
being one of the excellent constructions in the area.
Temple of Aphrodite is the most prominent remains with its high
columns stand erected. One of the best-preserved stadiums in the
world is also here, later used as an arena for gladiators.