Sabine went for a hike.
July 26, 2019
Not quite as hot as in Germany, but with stronger sunlight I drove today with my eldest daughter to Aspendos.An ancient city that, like Perge and Side, has Hittite roots. Of this and also of the Greek influences nothing is to be seen. Aspendos is dominated by Roman and of course Seljuk influences. What is left of the city, and the size and power of the city suggests, are the representative buildings such as the widely visible Basilica, the Exedra, the Nymphaeum, the Agora with the shops and the adjacent bouleuterion, the Acropolis and of course for Romans very important, the aqueducts and the theater. The latter is still exceptionally well preserved, thanks to the Seljuk Turks, who converted the stage building into a caravansary in the 16th century. Spas and Gymnasion are located far out of town. The stadium is located below the city.
You enter the city through a poorly preserved city gate and then constantly runs uphill towards the Basilica and Agora. Interestingly, the agora is built on archways as in the lyrics and is supported by cisterns. Architecturally, this is a masterpiece, and dangerous today, because every depression in the ground must be considered a collapsed cistern. So always commit at your own risk. Many tanks are secured, but not all.On the Acropolis are many mighty ruins of temples. Unfortunately, not much research has been done here. And which temple for which deity remains a mystery for a long time to come.From the Acropolis you walk a bit to the east, then you come to a place where you have a nice view of the aqueduct. The aqueduct replaced underground piping that initially provided water to the city, but failed to generate enough pressure to sustainably supply the city with water.
All in all, Aspendos is a great ruined city that you should have seen while in Turkey.
Very impressive and interesting described, as well as the track of yesterday.Just now we get a cool down in the form of a thunderstorm - let's see how it goes!Enjoy your time, a nice holiday for the whole familyGreetings from Susi and Bettina
Thank you, Bettina!
Great photos👍.But the heat is better to endure than in GER because of the dry heat, right?
July 27, 2019
Hello Lars, is much more intense than in Germany.