Trip Start Feb 08, 2008
154Trip End Sep 11, 2009
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Aphrodisias was one of my favorite archaeological sites because I love Roman portrait sculpture. And the museum there has a fine collection of it. Unfortunately for me, the museum was being renovated and not to be visited.
However, there was some compensation. Some archaeological restoration had been taking place in the last three years. This of an area called The Sabasteion.
And the sculptural finds--quite a large set--were on display in new annex to the museum. In addition to rewalking the well laid-out visitors' path, I had to content myself with this display.
Otherwise I again traced a walk around Aphrodesias. Aphrodesias is one of the most popular of Turkey's many touristic destinations. John Ash, a writer mentioned in a previous blog, has a disdain for the place. I usually agree with his take on a place, usually more obscure sites. But in the case of Aphrodesias, I disagree. I like the place and it's setting.
Upon leaving the official site, and before catching a return bus--or series of buses to get back to Aydin, I climbed a hill for an overview of Aphrodesias. Atop the hill I got caught in a not-to-troublesome shower.