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Oct 21, 2011 - Aphrodisias

On the way to Kusadasi, we stopped at the ancient city of Aphrodisias, named for the Greek goddess Aphrodite, the goddess of love. It was a pretty impressive place, with lot's of ruins and some partially reconstructed buildings such as the library and monumental gate. The stadium there is one of the biggest in the ancient Mediterranean. There was also a long frieze of faces, each one unique, which originally had ran along the the top of a large temple. Our guide told us that each one was originally painted and had glass eyes, which made...

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Sep 22, 2011 - Aphrodisias, mon amour

We arrived early to Aphrodisias and stopped in front of an early 20th century house. Mert, our guide, told us the story of how Aphrodisias was rediscovered: In 1958 an archeologist was travelling in the area and stopped in a small town for a toilet break. He saw 2 men sitting on a bench in the village square and asked them for a public toilet. When he sat down for his rest break, he realized he was sitting on an ancient Roman public toilet. When he returned to the men, he saw that they were sitting on an ancient Roman bench. As he looked...

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