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Aspendos Amphitheatre, Turkey

From series “Ancient Amphitheaters and Arenas, That Are Still Operational”
Turkey is famous for a variety of beautiful ancient amphitheatres. Nowadays, however, only a few of them are used today for cultural events. One of these amazing ancient theaters is located in the city of Aspendos. Together with the preserved aqueduct, the amphitheater is the main historical attraction of the ancient city. Many beautiful legends are associated with these constructions. According to one of them, two talented architects dreamed of marrying the emperor’s daughter, who was famous for her spiritual beauty.

Aspendos Amphitheatre, Turkey The Emperor promised to give his daughter in marriage to the one who would build the most necessary building for the city. Thirty years it took one architect to build an aqueduct, and exactly the same to the second to build a wonderful amphitheater. The king was so impressed with their work that he could not choose his future son-in-law, and promised to do justice. He decided to cut the daughter in half. Then the architect Zenon, who built the amphitheater, decided to abandon his "half" and saved the life of the aged 30-year-old beauty. With that he immortalized his name in history.

The amphitheater built by Zenon was incredibly beautiful and was decorated with numerous fine statues and sculptures. Unfortunately, they haven’t survived to our days. Spectator seats have been carefully restored. Today, ballet and opera performances take place in the theater frequently. This is where the most famous artists in the world appear. Jose Carreras, as well as other famous opera singers, visited the ancient theater several times. The amphitheater of Aspendos, which can hold up to 7000 people, is one of the largest in the world. Next - Amphitheatre Bosra

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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Türkiye İş Bankası Atm' located in 0.95 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Famous Rent a car' is located in 31 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Opet Manavgat' in 3.08 km
Supermarket: 'Aspendos Market' in 1.03 km
Parking: 'Aspendos Otoparkı' in 0.13 km
Apotheek: 'Yağmur Eczanesi' in 5.36 km
Police station: 'Serik Polis Merkezi Amirliği' in 6.92 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Zenon Cafe' in 0.2 km
Railway station: 'lti Xanthe Resort & Spa' in 21 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Antalya Airport AYT - in 32 km
 »  Kastelorizo Island Public Airport KZS - in 167 km
 »  Konya Airport KYA - in 169 km
 »  Afyon Airport AFY - in 205 km
 »  Dalaman Airport DLM - in 213 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Aspendos Amphitheatre

Crystal Waterworld Resort & Spa

Located in 11 km from Aspendos Amphitheatre
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Rooms: 886
Featuring laminate flooring, the elegantly decorated rooms of Crystal Waterworld are equipped with a satellite TV, air conditioning and a minibar. … More: photo, rates and booking
Zen Villa

Located in 12 km from Aspendos Amphitheatre
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Rooms: 2
Air-conditioned accommodation is fitted with a living area including flat-screen satellite TV. It also features a private bathroom with a shower and … More: photo, rates and booking
Flash Hotel

Located in 13 km from Aspendos Amphitheatre
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Rooms: 29
All rooms include a mini refrigerator and a wardrobe. They also have a private bathroom with a toilet, shower and a hairdryer. Some rooms offer a … More: photo, rates and booking
Paradise Town

Located in 14 km from Aspendos Amphitheatre
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Rooms: 3
Each villa offers a living room with a seating area, TV and a dining table. Each room is air-conditioned and the bathroom has a hairdryer and a … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Aspendos Amphitheatre - Belek

Belek never ceases to attract fans of beach rest from all over the world. Its golden sandy beaches have won various titles and awards because of their unmatched beauty and crystal clear water. All beaches of Belek are well equipped for sports entertainment. The local Golf Club remains the main pride of Belek. Among its frequent clients are many well-known sportsmen. Visitors of the club will be delighted not only by its high quality fields, but also by excellent facilities and equipment. In the territory of the club is located a large leisure area with restaurants, several sports shops, a golf school and sports equipment rental offices. Fans of tennis will also find a great place for rest without any difficulty. Many tennis courts in the club are equipped with excellent lighting system, so they are perfect for playing even late at night.

Tourists will find a riding school in Belek, and climbers will be surely delighted by most beautiful mountain areas. Fans of rafting will never miss a chance to go to the Köprüçay River, which is located in a beautiful nature reserve. Besides exciting and unforgettable rafting on a mountain river, visitors of the excursion will be able to make a walk to the most beautiful places in the reserve. When you get a bit tired from beach rest, entertain yourself by visiting the local water park Troy Aqua & Dolphinarium, which is very popular among tourists. Widest selection of water slides, a special swimming pool for children, funny attractions and numerous cafes – you can easily spend a whole day in this park. Special funny performances and games for children are organized every day in this park. Of course, there is a large dolphinarium in the water park. This is the place where visitors of the park can swim in the pool with dolphins, feed them and watch the enchanting show featuring these friendly sea creatures.
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