Main Attractions in Aspendos

By the time you reach Aspendos you will most probably have heard of its four famous landmarks, the theater, the stadium, the aqueduct and the agora.

The very architect of Aspendos, Zenon built the theater in the latter of the 2nd century during Marcus Aurelius' rule. It is in fact amazing that this ancient theater is still in use during the present times because it has been preserved very well. With a seating facility of 15000 and commendable acoustics the auditorium is truly a wonder and unbelievable to be true.

Lying to the north of the theater is the 215m long stadium. Surprisingly it is in a good state of condition too, with its seats built over arched galleries and lined with shops on its eastern side.

Further north to the stadium you can see some rock cut tombs and sarcophagi. On a nearby hill is The Upper City ruins with three gateways leading to it. The best-preserved gat is the northern one though it is half buried. A section of a Hellenistic city wall is situated close by, that had undergone restoration in the subsequent years.

The aqueduct is located on the northwestern side of the hill, and though in ruins it speaks of the excellent architectural conception of the builders. Built in the 2nd century A.D. it is one of Anatolia's best-conserved aqueducts and it served the purpose of bringing water to the city from the mountains that is located 30-40km away.

The agora is situated on the hill and is bounded by the basilica, the market hall and the stoa that is actually a portico having a wall on one side and pillars on the other. The agora is 105m in length and has a well-preserved small square shaped building, which is considered to be the curia or the senate house. To the southeast of the agora, is an exedra a seating arrangement made for the purpose of conversations, probably constructed in the 3rd century A.D. Another 3rd century structure erected on the northeastern side of the agora is the nymphaion.