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Photos of Aspendus (Aspendos) & Side
by Olga & Brenda

A few photographs from the former Roman province of Lycia and Pamphylia in southwestern Turkey.
Lycia and Pamphylia was one of the wealthiest and most populated and developed territories of the Roman empire. And these pictures by Olga and Brenda clearly bear witness to the fact that this area must have been among the wealthiest Roman provinces.

aquaeduct-01.jpg - 35025 Bytes The remains of an impressive Roman aquaeduct in Aspendus.
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Above: a remaining arch of the Roman bridge in Aspendus.
225 mt long, the current Aspendus bridge spans the river Köprüçay, known in ancient days as the Eurymedon. Though its current form (apparently built in a slight zig-zag in order not to allow a straight line of fire for archers) is owed largely to the 13 century recontruction of the bridge by Seljuk emperor Aladdin Keykubat on top of the Roman foundations.
Right: the Roman bridgehead made of darker stone is visible in the foreground.

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The impressive facade and entrance of the remarkably preserved Roman theatre of Aspendus.

The theatre of Aspendus was built in 161-180 AD by the architect Xenon during the reign of Marcus Aurelius. It had an estimated capacity of 15'000 to 20'000 visitors. There is no doubt that it is one of the best preserved Roman theatres in the world, largely due to the fact that later Turkish invaders restored and maintained it. It is still used for concerts, ballet and Turkish wrestling today.

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These pictures of the tiers of the theatre show just how vast this theatre is. And yet despite some limited damage all the tiers seem to have survived in excellent condition.
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Once more a good impression of the size of the structure. What is also worth pointing out are the startling accoustics of such theatres. Olga says that from her experience in this building one might sit on the highest tier and still hear a pin drop on stage.

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The left and right flanks of the theatre, where the tiers meet with hefty looking towers.

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A detail from the portico of the stage backdrop shows just how elaborate the theatre's decorations once must have been.

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The stage and marble stage backdrop have survived the passage of time very well.

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And here is a shot of the outside of the amphitheatre in Side, an ancient city to the southeast of Aspendus.

Once more, many thanks to Olga and Brenda for providing their wonderful holiday snaps of these remarkable sites.