Travel with me #92 : Aspendos and The Ancient City of Perge!

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Did you know that there are more ancient Roman ruins in Turkey than there are in Italy?

In our travels around Turkey thus far, we've had the pleasure of visiting some of the worlds greatest historic sites, taking us back to the prime of the bygone ancient civilisations. Today, these ruins are littered all over Turkey, reminding us that Turkey was once a pivotal region for empires ruling Asian Minor.

Perhaps one of the most amazing ancient ruins that we've seen so far is Ephesus, the ancient city cited in the bible's Book of Revelation. It's ruins are so well preserved that walking amongst them, little imagination is needed to reconstruct them in their past glory.

Central to almost all significant settlements are the Theatres which themselves command presence because of their sheer scale and utility. The theatre at Ephesus was a well preserved and a classic example of the ancient amphitheatre. A very large, building leaning on a side of a hill, built on higher ground, and it's size, a league of it's own.

Another ancient city ruin we visited was Hierapolis, famous for its massive necropolis and not to forget the Antique Pools which Cleopatra herself once bathed in. Hierapolis was built beside the famous Pamukkale mineral springs and "Cotton Castles". As one of the largest ancient cities, it too has an impressive Theatre, one which remains very much intact and situated against a hill at the highest point of the city. The theatre grants magnificent views of the entire valley below the White Travertine Terraces as well as the entire city of Hierapolis.

Today, we'll be taking a visit to two ancient ruins near Antalya, first up, Aspendos.

Aspendos is an ancient town located about 40km east of the modern city of Antalya. Perhaps the most famous of it's ancient monuments is the theatre, considered the best-preserved theatre of antiquity.

Most hotels will have day trip excursions here, you only have to enquire and agree to a price. I was very lucky to find a taxi driver offering a set price to take me there. He was even happy to wait in the car park whilst I went inside. This method of transport is probably the most straight forward if a tad more expensive.

From this angle, the theatre almost looks like a regular building. Most other ancient theatres I've visited do not have such a tall skene building. I certainly wasn't expecting such a large round structure on the other side of it.

To enter the theatre, there is a side entrance which leads into this dark tunnel. On the other side, the stage area.

As soon as you come out of the Tunnel, this is the exact view you get. Pretty amazing right!?

This must be the largest Skene I've ever seen. It consists of a facade and a proscenium. The facade is two tiered and visually divided into two levels. There also used to be a wooden roof on top.

There are five doorways which give entrance inside the proscenium, the largest of which was in the middle and marked by the stone steps.

At the top of the auditorium, there is a colonnade which was primarily used to shade the spectators.

You can also see the auditorium is divided into an upper level and lower level by a horizontal diazoma.

This is another view of the skene building from the upper level of the auditorium.

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This is the arcade supported by the colonnade at the top level of the auditorium. It curves all the way round the entire horseshoe shape of the auditorium.

Sitting right at the top of the auditorium, this is the view you can expect of performances. Here you can see just how well preserved the theatre is. The skene building is almost entirely intact.

As you can see, the building has the typical features of a Greek theatre, the horseshoe shape of the auditorium, and it's back resting on the hillside. However, the theatre was actually building in the 2nd century AD under the rule of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, thus, the skene building gives it's Roman heritage away.

Interestingly, the architect of the theatre is known to be Zeno - a Greek architect who was born in Aspendos. He is one of the few architects known for ancient ruins.

There is supposedly a story behind the construction of the theatre.

A competition was setup by the ruler of Aspendos to marry his daughter. The winner must build something which contributes most to the cities' prosperity. Of the two finalists, one was the architect of this theatre, and the other was responsible for building the systems of canals and aqueducts which supplied Aspendos with water.

At first, the ruler was more impressed with the canals and aqueducts, but then upon visiting the theatre, he stood in this exact spot and heard a whisper in his ear.

"Your daughter will be mine"

It was the builder of the theatre and he was in fact down at the scene of the theatre. Impressed by the amazing acoustics of the theatre, the ruler awarded his daughter to the architect of the theatre. Of course, the wedding ceremony was also held here too.

Perge

After spending some time in Aspendos, it was time to head to the next destination of the day, and half way back towards Antalya to another ancient city named Perge

This ancient city was once a flourishing city in Pamphylia. One of the four great cities of Pamphylia, the other three being Sillyon, Aspendos and Side.

Most of the ruins which survive to this day date back to the Roman period which began around 188 BC. It was under the Roman imperial rule that Perge flourised.

Perge was also visited by St. Paul as cited in the bible's Acts of the Apostles. He visited the city twice as a missionary and helped spread the influence of Christianity in the region.

Aside from St. Paul, another notable person who lived in Perge was Apollonius - a student of Archimedes and the author of a series of books which describe what we know today as Conic sections.

Perge also had it's own theatre, as you can see the city had no clear boundaries, and this was in-fact by design. There was no fortifications of the city and thus, Alexander the Great was able to conquer the city with little to no resistance.

The theatre is the first major landmark you will see as you come to the site. However, it's condition is much poorer than the theatre at Aspendos and as a result, is going through a lengthy restoration process that bars anyone from visiting or seeing it from the inside.

After purchasing the entrance tickets, you are led a long a long path to the ruins. Along this park, you can see a lot of the pieces of the buildings being collected and organised as they are unearthed. Surprisingly, there were no people at all. It was as if the city was haunted and I was the only person that didn't know..

Most of the surviving ruins are from the Roman period although some signs suggest that some were from the Hellenistic period.

This is the path that leads into the city. On the left, the remnants of the Roman city gates doubling up as the "main entrance".

This is the Roman city gates. To the right of the picture, are where the baths would have been

Today, the baths lie almost completely in ruin. It's hard to make out what it would have looked like from the scattered rocks.

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In the distance, you can see one of the two remaining cylindrical Hellenistic towers left in partial standing. To the right of it, there was another one being restored.

Behind the two Hellenistic towers, there is another cylindrical area which leads to the street crossings and colonnade.

This is the long colonnade, some of the pillars are still standing.

This is the Agora. Around this area, the pillars seem to be more intact, so perfect for some more photography..

I realised after walking around for about an hour that the whole area is actually very expansive. A walk further along the colonnade would take me to the necropolis. If you remember before, I mentioned there was absolutely nobody else here, I now understood why. There was little to no shade, and during the mid afternoon, it was extremely hot.

To my surprise.. on my way back, I found this little turtle just hanging out in the middle of the path.

There are also little lizards and newts everywhere you look.

The route back out of the city leads us to the Stadium. It's not especially tall but it is very long. So long in fact, that it could seat up to 12,000 people in it's heyday. I managed to wander into the stadium through one of it's many archways which supported the seating. Surprisingly, most of them are still intact.

A closer look at Perge's theatre. Sadly, it was out of bounds, but you can clearly see it's shape is still mostly there.
Just a further walk up this route and we're back at the entrance.

Not sure if this was the guard dog, or just a stray, but it was sitting confidently in the shade by the entrance/exit gates looking very cute!

As we drove away, I was so surprised to see a family of ducks cross the road! It was so adorable!



A final look at the Perge theatre, and I hope if I return, I will get to see inside it next time!

Please check out my video to see some more footage of today's visits!


And that concludes are expedition to Aspendos and Perge. I always thought that structures built over 2000 years would now look like arbitrary rocks scattered all over the floor. In the case of Perge, a lot of it was, however Aspendos was incredibly tidy and very well looked after. It's really amazing to see the scale of it in person, climbing from the bottom to the top, and then walking a long the arcade in the colonnade. The skene building was a formidable site to see, especially from the scene looking up. These structures were built prior to any of the technological machinery we have today, and shows just how advanced these ancient civilisations really were in terms of engineering, mathematics, and architecture.

Hope you enjoyed the tour and see you in the next post!

Don't forget to upvote if you liked the post, follow for more, and leave a comment to let me know what you think!



安塔利亚最吸引我的风景,有那宁静慵懒的老城区,隔绝了外面世界的车水马龙,化身为土耳其的世外桃源,温柔友善的欢迎世界各地的旅行者。安塔利亚对于大多数人来说,是一个充满人文故事和自然美景的度假胜地。但其实,安塔利亚还有更多的艺术珍宝和历史遗迹值得探寻,今天我想带大家去看看不一样的安塔利亚。

阿斯潘多斯是我们今天旅程的第一个目的地,它位于安塔利亚市东边大约40公里的位置,而古城中2000多年前修建的剧场,是人们不远万里前去游历瞻仰的最大动力。它是迄今为止世界上保存最为完好的古罗马剧场遗址之一,也是当地结构最佳的建筑。它建于公元155年,有着可以容纳下7000人的石阶观众席,剧场的直径大约96米,在历经岁月途中的风沙侵蚀,地震和战争的伤害,这个堪称建筑史上的杰作依然坚挺的站到现在,剧院精美的构造在风雨之中几乎没有丝毫摧毁和减损,依旧完美无缺的呈现给这个世界最好的姿态。

当我走进这个剧院的时候,完全是惊讶的表情,因为我很难相信它已有几千年的历史,剧院内部精美的舞台,石阶观众席,甚至连背景墙面,都如钢铁铸成一般,几乎完好无损。从个别装点着沧桑年轮的石块上,我仿佛可以读到剧院曾经的坎坷命运,在征战频繁的土耳其,饱经风霜,却能奇迹般的躲过人为的破坏,剧院的经历仿佛谱成了传奇。我仰望着那天外来客般的巨大石造,散发出的雄伟气魄,很难让我联想到它繁华落尽的忧伤,反而产生一种望之敬畏,震撼人心的赞叹之感。我爬上高大的石块上,慢慢坐下来,那一刻时间静止了。

为了更接近剧院,我决定爬山最顶层,从上往下可以一览全局。结果我发现,古时的人们大概都是人高马大,平衡能力极强,因为剧院的看台台阶非常陡峭,我穿着高跟鞋,一个不小心就容易跌倒,我努力克服着脚软带来的内心担忧,顶着炽热的阳光,全心全意的向上爬。没想到顶上不仅有最独特的视角等着我来欣赏,也是个拍照摄影的最佳取景地。观众席上方那59个拱形门甚至吸引来了当地的新郎新娘来拍婚纱照。俯瞰剧照,仔细观望,可以看到除了观众席,还能看到精致的乐队席和舞台设计,背景墙面有2层楼高,40根柱子,而柱子上还刻画着神话典故。一楼廊柱的柱子头是爱奥尼亚式,二楼是科林斯式,正中央的角墙上雕刻着酒神和戏剧之神奥尼索斯的画像。我和它们一一拍了照。

另一方面,这古老剧院的回音效果至今让人心动,它拥有完美独特的声学设计,在当年就可以实现一枚银币落地乐池的声响,在剧院最顶层的座位上也清晰可闻,而这样完美设计的秘密所在却至今没有被世人破解。而这样超前,非同一般的音效设计,让这座剧院延用至今,每年夏季的安塔利亚歌剧节和艺术节都会这里举办。现在依旧不需要任何扩音设备,观众就可以坐在2000年前的石阶上,尽情欣赏完美的音响效果。可惜我没能赶上这里的歌剧表演,我想坐在这剧院听歌剧的感觉,一定是非比寻常,让人终身难忘的。我努力的想记住眼前的场景,夕阳洒下的金色余晖与剧院那古今交错的虚幻气味交融在了一起。

接下来呢,今天的游览并没有结束,帕尔格古城遗址是我们另一个探索历史的目的地。它距离安塔利亚18公里,这个古城遗址大多是露天的残垣断壁。它在公元前6世纪由希腊人建成,公元3世纪是由罗马人统治的鼎盛时期,7世纪后随着居民陆续迁出,逐渐衰败。走在古城的街道,可以看见设计美观的罗马门为标志,古老的石块散落一地,修缮工作从未结束。经过考古学者的努力,在一根根石柱重新立起来之后,现在依旧可以大致看出这个拥有巨大规模的古城。这里有一直通向山脚下的宽阔街道,两旁林立的商铺集市,大型罗马浴场还可以清晰看到洗澡,游泳和汗蒸的不同区域,还有大场面的体育馆,让我深深感受到古罗马人在建筑上的伟大与神奇。今天欣赏历史杰作的旅程就要告于段落,接下来还有更多有趣的游记想要和大家分享。

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This was an in-depth guided tour of the two ancient cities of Aspendos and Perge, @sweetsssj.

There is a difference between travelling to see the sights and immersing oneself in the history and culture of a region. You have accomplished the latter and by so doing, brought the past alive.

I felt as I was following you through the ruins that these stones still live - that the magic and mystery of the great amphitheatres wasn't lost to time but could still be experienced in the modern age.

Your anecdote about a whisper being heard in the amphitheatre at Aspendos made my knowledge of Zeno and Roman culture take on new meaning. It's easy to look at ruins and just see massive stonework, but it's quite another thing to envision people there, walking about and living their lives and watching theatrical performances shielded by the airy colonnades.

The skene building is impressive - the exterior photos show an extremely well-preserved structure that almost looks modern.

Personally, I found the site at Aspendos to be the more compelling of the two cities simply because it was more compact and better preserved.

I admire your tenacity and diligence though in braving the sun and enduring the stifling heat in order to present a full account of these two ancient sites.

Previously, I felt I knew Marcus Aurelius through his memoirs, The Meditations and other Stoic writings, but now I feel I know something of the world in which he lived thanks to your faithful depiction of the these sites and their history.

A thorough tour of two fascinating ancient cities, sssj.

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Thank you john, it would seem like we have a completely approach to learning about these places. Prior to my visit here, I never knew of these places and their relevance to the ancients, the bible and the classics. It was an incredible exercise to try build a framework around how all of these places intertwined with their significance. Of course, visiting and seeing these places first hand gave me that extra bit of curiosity which perhaps would not have been there if not for the visit.

My personal favourite was Aspendos too, I loved the colonnades and the skene building, both because of their ability to shade me from the sun, but also because of how airy they were. Walking in and out, through and through, really made me feel like I was there. It helps that they are so well preserved as you say.

On the other hand, Perge like Hierapolis was an exercise of the imagination, much of it's ruins were so disfigured, I had to look at the guide photos to see where and what they looked like in their prime. Still, it was fascinating to see how large the area was. Truly the scale of a city, and I imagine a very busy and bustling one at that!

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Nice place , was there

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it is located in Antalya, Turkey. This city is one of the most summer touristic city in Turkey, it has also many fabulous beaches and different ancient place. You should try to see many of them before death.

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Hola Gracias por compartir estos hermosos lugares, Saludos

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hi @sweetsssj i have a poem to share hope you will have time to see it..have a nice day and take care always..

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Hi @sweetsssj
I really like you're having the opportunity to visit all the world with its wonderful views and countries with different cultures
You are bringing to steemit.com views from around the world and this is a great reason for me to follow your journeys
Love your work
Have a great time Steeming

I really like you

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Interesting! i felt like i was there in all these places!! Keep Up the Good Work!

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Sin duda fue un viaje en la distancia , lugares hermosos llenos de historias, Saludos

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Sin duda fue un viaje en la distancia , lugares hermosos llenos de historias, Saludos

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Amazing post and beautiful pictures.

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Nice Picture

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I have watched many of the top rome documentaries on Youtube and there is so much to cover and there are so many books so many stories so many generations of Romans that within the roman civilization itself people looked back upon their own ancestors as "antiquity" And the Eastern Roman empire lasted all the way into the Byzantine Empire and so rome lasted a lot longer than people think....

The Movie Gladiator probably did more than anything else in our culture to spark an interest in Ancient Rome. That idea of a more simple civilization really attracted so many people! It must be natural to want to remember an older simpler time. It must have been very romantic and nice if you had wealth and power back then and could time travel to that time period but with the knowledge of today.... That must be how people far in the future must feel like when they visit us in todays time period :)

剛看到照片時正想著說沒想到土耳其的建築跟羅馬這麼像,看內文原來真的是古羅馬劇場的遺址。2000年前可以建造這麼壯觀且科學的劇場,真的好難想像。難道真的如傳說這些偉大的古建築都是外星人的傑作?哈哈
帕爾格古城雖然只剩斷垣殘壁,可是羅馬建築的特色還是可以明顯看得出來。這些古建築的美感真的經久不衰啊!

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是呢,真的是视觉上的享受呀,连好多土耳其人都慕名而来,摄影的,还有拍写真,婚纱的,哈哈^^

Beautiful post my dear friend @sweetsssj !
Visiting ancient places is always interesting.
Always inspired by your post . Me too planning to share my travel stories and mentioned you on one post ! Hope you will check it asap. Happy Steeming !!

I am new on this platform but as soon as I clicked on the trending posts, yours caught my undivided attended that i had to tour through the ancient city of Turkey with you. What a nice and inviting adventure. I havent been to Turkey before but i think you have now inspired me to want to visit. With your post i now know that Turkwy is not all about guns and bombs, Turkey has life also. A beautiful life at that. Thanks for the post, it created a lot good perception of the ancient city.

Wow, I am new here and clicked on the trending tab. Yours was the first to pop up. What a fabulous blog post! It makes me feel slightly daunted about putting up my first one. I have followed you and am quite in awe at your amazing photos and style

I really loved your journey through these ancient Turkish ruins. I have been to Aspendos Perge and Anatalya 30+ years ago. It brought back memories. How did you get all these shots without the other tourists? Must have been difficult to catch the moment. Your English is really excellent. I don’t mean that in any negative way. I mean it’s just so much better than most who write on steemit. I think you have a great photographer. I really wonder how he made those videos with no people in them. By the way that photo looks like a tortoise to me rather than a turtle.

Thanks for making us instant tourists! The photos appear to have been professionally taken with great depth, angle and lighting adjustments. The order the photos came out was also well-thought about. You gave your readers quite an experience! Keep up the good work.

Those ruins are amazing. Your travels are wonderful.

Awesome post party

Your adventure is always fun! ill marked this as one of my travel goals. Thanks for sharing!

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great! I hope to see a post about these places from you some day :)

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Glad to hear that from you :) I feel motivated. Thank you for inspiring us!

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thank you greatvideos, it's lovely seeing people appreciate my travel logs, thank you for letting me know that, it gives me lots of motivation to keep it up

Beautiful photos. Thank you.

@sweetsssj look no signs of destruction
whether the building is the rest of the bomb attack?
thank you and your successful 92nd trip

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thank you, actually from my point of view, there seem to be quite a fair bit of destruction, but this was due to the city being abandoned along long time ago. Not because of recent history conflicts.

very good historical story @ sweetsssj, that means your visit to turki is not for holidays only and there are many stories about history there that you learned while in this country. thank you for sharing about the history that you told us while in turk and the ancient objects that were there 👍👍👍👍👍

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thank you dear, it was a bit of everything really, the best kind of holiday! :)

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Nice pics!

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thanks galactic123 :D

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ha ha ha so when can I visit your country let me be able to tell you about the longest wall in china so famous.

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haha, well your perspective and experience will be different to mine so always worth it! :)

wow very nice place

Everytime I read your blog miss @sweetsssj it feels like I am there. Moreover, i learned that their are many ancient roman ruins in Turkey than in Italy. Superb photography, please give my regards to your photographer. He or she is a legend in Photography every angle is accurate. I hope in the future you will visit in Cebu, Philippines for your travel and feature one of the historical sites here and I really wish to personally know you also and became a friend even if it is an impossible dream I could make. Maximum Respect to you. Big up!

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aww thank you, that's the feeling i was going for! I will of course visit that area of the world sometime soon, it's been on the list for a while!

Hermosas ruinas de Turquía llenallenas de historias , pasado, de vidas. Sólo si nos detenemos a pensar las millones de manos que trabajaron para crear esas construcciones día a día, sin ayuda de maquinarias modernas, solo las fuerzas de sus músculos. Gracias a ellos hoy muchas personas recorren estas bellezas. Creaciones para el futuro.

Beautiful ruins of Turkey full of stories, past, of lives. Only if we stop to think the millions of hands that worked to create these constructions day by day, without help of modern machineries, only the forces of their muscles. Thanks to them today many people walk through these beauties. Creations for the future.

Hello @sweetsssj amazing travel and good photo you succels for you good day

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thanks my dear :)

Wow, thats amazing i cant wait to go now. Loved the read amd the pictures are amazing as well. Thank you so much.

Hi @sweetsssj
I really like you're having the opportunity to visit all the world with its wonderful views and countries with different cultures
You are bringing to steemit.com views from around the world and this is a great reason for me to follow your journeys
Love your work
Have a great time Steeming

I really like your

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thank you greatvideos, it's lovely seeing people appreciate my travel logs, thank you for letting me know that, it gives me lots of motivation to keep it up! :)

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You are welcome @sweetsssj
You are doing a great job to promote steemit.com too and so you are a valuable asset to steemit.com
Keep me posted
Have a lovely time Steeming

I love that you place information about the place. Nice pictures too. Thanks for sharing :)

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you're welcome!

Interesting article I was not aware of these Roman ruins! :)

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Yes, the remainder of the ruins at Perge are mostly Roman, as to was the theatre at Aspendos :D


Hi @sweetsssj ! Nice article! Really love your photos! I visited Turkey last February! Here my photos from Capadocia in Turkey!

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lovely set of photos dear, thank you for sharing, Cappadocia is a beautiful place. I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences with everyone about it too :)

Looks just amazing. Those ancient cities are gorgeous!

Hello @sweetsssj and like wow, you nailed it again. I love the way you enjoy life and squeeze all of the feelings and emotions out of the world around you. Do you do much interviewing of locals to gain insights there? If not, how to you find the hidden stories that you bring to life?

Looks truly amazing!

Amazing and detailed post @sweetsssj as always. Your articulation is immense and you look soo georgeous in these beautiful pics. The artifacts of this ancient city look amazing. Upvoted and following u as always.
Regards Nainaz
#thealliance

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thank you nainaz, so kind of you! :)

Thanks for great visual tour around ancient Roman and Hellenic ruins , this time Aspendos and The Ancient City of Perge along with history lessons. I would say, @sweetsssj is modern Cleopatra with virtual entourage of thousands of steemitians :)

Hey @sweetsssj..

Oh my goodness.. I can not believe my eyes.. 👀
Never seen a such Big Ancient city in my life.. I never able to travel in these place.. But I seen it from your post.. I'm really grateful in your great travelling.. Keep with you as always..❤😊👍
Upvoted and cheers..

wow!beautyful place.....

While reading your article I imagine myself in there, very good and detailed stories and pics used speaks for itself @sweetsssj
I am not really a fan of ancient thingy but when I saw your pictures there's a feeling of wanting to go there :) I wondernwhat happened to those ruins, it seems not damage by bombs or something, was it because of a massive earthquake? Hmmm... Anyways. Thanks for sharing that story and more travels to come! 😘😘

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whether the building is the rest of the bomb attack?

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thanks, i think there were some earthquakes which contributed to some of the destruction, but mostly it was just abandoned for many centuries.

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Wow thanks for your response @sweetsssj always take care in all your travels i hope one day i can bumped into you in a dream travel destination haha #mydreams!!! Pls visit Philippines!!! One of the best is Palawan! I dont know if you've been there already but its heaven on earth! Loveyah

What an amazing place! Thanks for the photos and your description of the sites. :-)

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you're welcome mitrado, thanks for joining me :)

Awesome photos, @sweetsssj ! You really make the place shine :) You could be a caryatid ! :)

This post has received a 3.13 % upvote from @drotto thanks to: @upboat.

amazing post. for me, you are a steemit icon. i like you. i always follow you. by, @boyasyie

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thank you boyasyie :)

好美啊,小姐姐你可以帮他们拍宣传照片啦!😊

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谢谢你啦,其实实物也是很美的啦^^

I can't take your eyes off you like a girl. It's so beautiful. I want to go there~~ 😁👍❤️

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aww :) Thanks rosaria, so sweet :) :)

wow, i live in italy and i didn't know about it!

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I think it's surprising fact to many people in Turkey, Italy and Greece!

a beautiful architecture, great photos

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thanks cristian07! :)

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I really like how you managed to photograph the lizard

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haha, thank you, it was with zoom (240mm)

wow, i live in italy and i didn't know about it!

travel goals:)..hopefully I can go there someday!stay safe @sweetsssj

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thanks prudent-rod, best wishes!

Wow really enjoyed this one. I love history and culture just as long as I can experience it in the real, not out of a text book! I knew Turkey was rich in history but now you have really shed light on how incredible it really is. Thank you for that!

I think you may have missed my questions/comment in your last two posts, I came a little late to the party anyway. But I totally understand, you're like a celebrity on this platform, and the time you spend responding is appreciated, it could probably take up your whole day if you let it. I'm traveling South East Asia and Thailand now. What is your experience in this part of the world? How do you like it?

Feel free to stop by my page any time, like you did a few weeks ago. That was supper nice of you. Any support is always greatly appreciated! Hope you are having a great day!

-Dan

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Hi Dan, thanks for dropping by, and sorry for missing your last message. I haven't had much experience travelling in that part of the world, actually only Thailand which was one of the places I visited fairly recently. I do however the SEA region, as it has a lot of crossover with the Chinese culture, it never feels too far from home and yet, mark-ably different to experience something new. Thailand is a lot more religiously centred than China is, and that's probably the biggest difference in culture!

I actually see you on my feed sometimes, i promise i'll pay you a visit soon :)

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Hi @sweetjsss, I find your perspective fascinating on Thailand. Comparing it to where I'm from in NY, there really is no comparison, but to where you are from in China, I understand there must many overlapping characteristics.

Thanks for getting back to me, it's not everyday I get to interact with more or less a millionaire in "steem"! Just crazy the amount of success you've had on here, it's truly remarkable, I bet you could write a book about it. I'm looking forward to waking up one morning and seeing the one and only @sweetjsss has stopped by my page. I wonder if you've had other successes like this in your life, or this one has been the big life changer for you.

Anyway, hope you are having a great day!

-Dan

I can't take your eyes off you like a girl. It's so beautiful. I want to go there~~ 😁👍❤️

Indeed, @sweetsssj daughter is a steemit icon that inspires many other steemans to be like you. It's a beautiful place and I want to go there but I do not know when I can. Maybe I should save first in steemit have a lot of money just can travel like you princess.

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thanks owner99, you will be happy to hear that Turkey is actually one of the most affordable tourist places in the world. You won't need to save for very long.

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for me it is expensive princess. maybe I should write 2000 to 3000 posts to get to turki. But if all your posts help with a vote maybe soon I can get there. I hope so

Hi dear!
travel that very pleasing, you fascinating once, i always see blog travel you @sweetsssj thanks for sharing!

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thanks yandot, have a good one !

You're so pretty! Such a pretty place as well! Love the shots. ❤

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thanks piiieeeeeee :)

wow @sweetsssj keep going

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will do imanaspaul:)

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thanks and can you please upvote my comment it will help me to grow

Very perfect sister article

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thank you diansolo, appreciated :)

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hopefully the future continues to be more successful

哇~甜心姐姐穿着裙子爬上最顶太不容易了!哈哈发现其实裙子跟景色也很搭~

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谢谢你啦,楼梯确实好陡,穿裙子不好爬,但是看到上面的风景之后,感觉一切都还是值得的^^

It's a very beautiful place and you being there makes it even more beautiful.❤️

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thank you dear, that's so kind :) :)

i love all your posts...they are very exiting...you are an inspiration to me.
please if you have time read my post
https://steemit.com/life/@xabi/3qyawz-one-thorn-of-experience-is-worth-a-wilderness-of-learningthe-ack-ack-gunner
and comment of a pro like you are always welcome.

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nice article and beautiful places too

Nice pics. Was it not hot there? Haha

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aldentan, thanks, it was sooo sooo hot, about 42 or 43 degrees with no shade. I think I almost had heat stroke..!

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Haha. Sunblock.

This is another wonderful complete post by you my friend! I am always so impressed by these ancient buildings...how much materials, workers and time went into building all of these!
You are right, during those times, there were no machinery like we have today, but these buildings are hundred times more solid than those of today.
Thanks for sharing such great info on this one my friend!

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thanks pgchef :) I do wonder whether the buildings of today would stand the test of time these have..

sweetsssj 赤著腳走在安塔利亞阿斯潘多斯古城,會是什麼感覺?😃很自由奔放的?🌈🌈

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对呀,解放自我的感觉哈哈^^

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期待下次甜心小姐再上載自由奔放的文章🌈🌈🌈

An ancient place which makes me think of the wars dat had happened during the roman empire. Good to see this place through you posts .. It makes the place revived and alived by your almost perfect shots displaying the historical places like this.ill keep on following your posts. I love having good time with it.

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thanks sharaine, welcome to steemit by the way :)

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Thank you! It's my first time here in steemit and im just on my way learning how it is. Through your posts im gaining ideas and got more excited to start. Just keep posting. It encourages us to love travelling and exploring.God bless you and take care for your every trip.

Yes.
Same happens in Spain.In Spain you can find numerous ruins of ancient Roman cities. Thank you very much for teaching those Turkish ruins.

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I do love Spain, and I can't wait to go back there again. My last visit, I didn't see too many Roman ruins actually. Will have to look out for them next time :)

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When you can come back if you write me I can recommend a lot of places to visit Roman ruins. We also have a large number of Celtic constructions prior to the Roman Empire. Also great places to eat and have a good day. But for the moment enjoys Turkey that is very beautiful too.

Hi @sweetsssj
I wonder how did you manage to stay under strong sunlight like that? Wasn't it hot? If I were you, I would have got dehydrated, severely. Lol

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haha good question and thanks for asking. You are right, it was ridiculously hot, so much that I almost did pass out from heat stroke. It's best to bring a reflective umbrella in Turkey, the heat and sun can be very damaging for extended periods out in the sun..

I love visiting heritage site too, your adventure is so amazing. Wish I could visit these beautiful places too.

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thanks fideldcastillojr, certainly makes you wonder what it would have looked like in its prime right?

waaww, it's amazing, the place is so super beautiful, if now I just dream to be able to go to a place like that, if the word or if I can go to a place like that, it can be a paradise for me, hopefully god grant my words.

paradise turki where i dream since childhood.

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thanks, i'm sure you can make a trip soon, just plan it in advance and make it happen! :)

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hopefully this dream come true
thank you for the support

What a place & what an adventure!
Wish one day I could make this type of adventure .

Nice travel goals.I love history than I love that :)

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me too :) Thanks for visiting :)

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Are u still in Turkey? There are many historical places and these really incredible! :)

Excellent post and photos @sweetsssj. Antalya, Turkey is beautiful with its nature and history indeed. It is kind of interesting that after thousand years Aspendos theatre is still being used for concerts or other activities today.

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you're right, Antalya is labelled completely wrong as a resort. It has so much history. I also like it when ancient theatres are used for modern day concerts and other activities.

wonderful

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thanks sorgo :)

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has anyone ever told you, that you look like djokovic?

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If you upvote, it would have been helpful for me

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Because, i am very poor man

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thank you very much mukhlis-aceh, enjoy!

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You are welcome

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puhaba inan, pat tinggai dronee

Wow great post about historical evidence. You are looking so cute like a baby doll. Thanks for sharing. Good luck.

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haha i'm not sure that is a good idea for the setting, but thank you!

Your posts are really amazing. Lots of beautiful pictures describing everything you are putting in this post. Great

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thank you hafiz34, pleasure having your viewership, hope to you see you in the next one :)

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Sure. I am keeping tab on you :)

You travel a lot. Is that part of your work? What do you do for living?

Lots and lots of spectacular photos of some amazing ruins. I did not know that there are more Roman ruins in Turkey than Italy. Nice bit of trivia.

Cute turtle, do you think he might be lost? I like the confident dog as well. Thanks for another really interesting colourful post @sweetsssj.

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hey there spectrumecons, thanks for dropping by. Because of the unique Geography of Turkey, notably serving as a bridge between Europe and Asia, it was a hotly contested piece of land that was conquered by many of the great ancient civilisations.

I really thought the Turtle needed some help, but I tried to come close and it just hid away. This was a picture from quite far away. I hope he's safe now though, it really was very hot that day!

Congratulations!! that is really very wonderful. You made it!! Super.

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Thanks hozzaraphaed! Enjoy it :)

Nice@sweetsssj have a nice tour

Hey great photos!
Which country did you liked the most to travel in?

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Hard to say... i will have to get back to you on that one :)

Wow, the place looks so beautiful and amazing dear. @sweetsssj

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It really was an amazing place!

That's very awesome ms @sweetsssj

Travel is something important for you and me, by Travelling many places, we can get a lot of experiences.

I am still waiting for you here, in Indonesia 😉

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thanks zulfikarkamui, I agree completely and I hopefully will be stopping by Indonesia in the near future :)

Join me your group plzzzz

Rome has a very ancient history. Also many ancient object are found there. Your travel is like a adventure. You are just making my travel wish book more complicated :p

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aww that's good, I hope you get to start building your own travel book too! Do share!

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Yup. I just traveled across cities in my own country. Bhawalpur, Islamabad, Hyderabad, Multan, Raheem yar Khan, Quetta, Peshawar, Lahore, Nathia Gali, These are the cities I traveled so far. And yeah also I visited UAE last year and in 2014 I traveled to Saudi Arab ;)

i read you post from my join in oct i always see you travel a lot you are so adventures

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aww thank you, on behalf of the steemit community welcome to steemit, and hope you enjoy my blog!

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yes i enjoy too much

post is amazing. you are telling it so perfect. this is amazing. nhomong-ngomong when you visit my blog again as you have done some time ago. do you remember when I made a post rescue a bird rescue @sweetsssj

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I will have a look nasrud thanks

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I wait @sweetsssj :). Thanks

nice work..................

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thank you dear

I enjoyed reading your post. There is a lot of good stuff.

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thank you!

Wooow @sweetsssj nice.... palace . I like you pots.

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thanks! pots are cool ^.^

Great post - some years ago I was allowed to join in on a "dig" - the site was in the U.K. and was a roman fort called Anavio - It was such a wonderful experience.

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wow.. so this was when they first found the site? Was it turned into something people could visit later?

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Yes they had just found the site and when i joined them they were busy uncovering the aqua ducts and we found some lovely artifacts in the process.
They fenced off the area which was in a field belonging to a local farmer - unfortunately i left and do not know how much further they had progressed.

Hey @sweetsssj it nice experience to travel aspendos and peete with you. Enjoyed a lot, and amazing pictures .
I upvoted and followed you.
@arpitpaliwal
Please join me too☺️

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thank you arpitpalaiwal, glad you enjoyed it. I'll have a look :)

Oh nice!! I love travelling too but i still study so for now priorities

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ooh well, studying is important of course, but travelling is also a learning experience :)

Hi there @sweetsssj
First of all your journeys are amaizing.
Turkey is beutyful, Its too bad that Israeli's cant visit there in this type of goverment and all the cultures isses (You know, Jews and Arabs)

I hope that one day we could go to Turkey to travel and feel safe as well.

:)

Very nice post

BTW,
I've set your name into my Autovote on 100% vote
I'll appriciate if you can upvote for me to :)
@adjs20

Thank you.

P.S
You are sweet :)

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thank you adjs20, i'm not sure about the issues between Turkey and Israeli's but I know that the middle east does have some instability right now, and Turkey seems to be right in the "middle" of it. Hopefully things will resolve in a few years, these things take time.

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thanks! such w0w :D

Such a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing, people like me mIght not be able to visit there

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thank you sanuk, i'm sure you can visit some day? Turkey is very welcoming to visitors of the country

I wrote a scientific paper on ancient monuments of architects in Antalya. It's really a real miracle. It is especially pleasant to see this beauty with your photos)

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wow tanata, that's really impressive, would be lovely to see you share that with us. Are you an archaeologist ?

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Thank you.) I graduated from the History and Archaeological Department. Now I'm working on a book, the subject of which will be connected with archeology)

This is incredibly beautiful so great to watch :D

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thank you blazing, glad you enjoyed :)

I like your post. @sweetsssj I have followed you. You're doing good. I wish you continued success.I will keep on following you and commenting on the upvote resteem. Goodbye for now, my familiar :)

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thank you art-is, i really appreciate that, hope you have a good time :)

're amazing and picture's very nice thanks for Supoort My Country TURKIYE :D alwasy love you turkish steemians :D

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thank you for having me :) It was such a lovely experience i'm already wondering when I can go back and explore some more!

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i m very happy to see you and posts here :) a huge honor for me thanks and have any free time look my profile :D sweetsjsjsjsj :)

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thanks, i'll drop by

Visiting historic places it is just so magical. Thinking all that have happen in that places way back in the time when they were bulding and communities would do their daily routines. It is just so magical and fantastic. Thank You for sharing this with us once again. Taking us in this magical adventurous. I have loved the pictures.

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You are right sergio, that visiting these historical places are magical. If not for their well preserved statures, how would we ever get an idea of how the ancient people lived. Especially the layouts of their cities, and their size and scale.