One of the best preserved ancient cities in Anatolia, the ancient city of Aphrodisias in western Turkey, expects to host a record number of visitors this year after its inscription to the UNESCO World Heritage List last year.
Located in the western province of Aydın’s Karacasu district, the 7,000-year-old ancient city had its heyday in the Roman era. It is the most famous of the cities dedicated to Aphrodite, the god of love and beauty.
Thanks to the marble quarries and a sculptor school located close to the city, Aphrodisias was among the best known sculptor centers in the Roman era. It now hosts history aficionados and art lovers, marveling at its unique sculptures unearthed during excavations.
Aphrodisias draws attention with its Sebasteion Temple, stadium, ancient theater and bath as well as its museum where rich sculptures are displayed.
The site was included on the world heritage list during the 41st UNESCO World Heritage Committee session in Krakow, Poland last year. It is Turkey’s 16th heritage on the UNESCO list and started welcoming its guests earlier this year.
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