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The Remains of a Greco-Roman City – Aphrodisias
I never get tired of ruins and in an ancient Greco-Roman City like Aphrodisias, it’s pretty hard not to get absorbed into the lost world that once worshipped the mythical Goddess of Love – Aphrodite. Located about 150 kilometres east (inland) of the Aegean Sea with the snow covered peak of the Babadag mountain range as backdrop in the ancient city of Caria (called Geyre in modern times), the world of marble sculpting, architecture, theatre and politics come alive. Walking through the vast expanse of Aphrodisias during winter, allowed for breath-taking photography sans the tourist hordes that you would find during summer. If you’re anything like us, walking around ruins and reading informational boards in the cold sharp winds would be a highlight of your trip. But if old marble ruins and broken statues aren’t your thing, then Aphrodisias may not entice you. We walked and walked and walked. Uphill, downhill, along slippery terrain but it was worth it. Being amidst such historical monuments and to be able to gaze at its astounding beauty with what ever that remained standing, allowed us to envision what it must have been like it its heyday. Aphrodisias remained a thriving city from the second century B.C. to the seventh century A.D. and it charts the major historical developments of this long period in great detail – such as the establishment of the Roman Empire, and the conversion of the Roman world to Christianity.
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