1- Aspendos, located on the 2nd kilometer of the road that turns north from the 44th kilometer of the Antalya – Alanya highway, is famous for having the best preserved Roman Period theater not only in Anatolia but also in the whole Mediterranean world.

2- The city was established on the hill plain near Köprüçay (Ancient Eurymedon), one of the largest rivers in the region.

3- Today, theater and waterways are mostly visited in Aspendos, which owes its transportation and development to Mediterranean Sea, the nearby river and therefore to the fertile lands around it.

4- Remains of other buildings belonging to the city are located on the plain of the hill where the theater leans.

5- Historians mention that the Greek side won the war,known as the Battle of Eurymedon, between the Greeks and Persians by the river flowing near the city in 467 BC.

6- Although they tried to resist Alexander the Great through fraudulent means, Persians eventually surrendered and accepted the tax debt which was the famous horses raised in the city and gold.

7- The most brilliant period of the city, which came under Ptolemaic rule after the death of Alexander, is undoubtedly the Roman Empire period, when the famous theater and waterways were built.

8- Aspendos Theater is one of the most distinguished representatives of the Roman Age theaters today, with its architectural features and well preservation. Dedicated to the gods and emperors of the era, the building exhibits the last lines of Roman theater architecture and construction technique. Aspendos theater, one of the magnificent structures of its era, could accommodate 15-20 thousand people. It was built by the architect Zenon, son of Theodoros, during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 161-180).

9-It is understood from the Greek and Latin inscriptions that the city was built by two rich brothers named Curtius Crispinus and Curtius Auspicatus.

10- Besides the theater, the most important ruins of the city that can be visited are the waterways. Aspendos waterway system is one of the best preserved examples of ancient waterways. Its general view is the water pressure towers at both ends of the north-south arched bridge, which is approximately 1 kilometer long. While the water of the city is gathered in pear-shaped cisterns carved into the bedrock that can be seen from time to time on the hill, the waterway system was developed together with all the buildings and the water was obtained more regularly in the 2nd and 3rd centuries A.D.

11- The agora, the basilica, the monumental fountain, the assembly building and the monumental arch, the street and the Hellenistic temple are the ruins of the city center on the hill where the theater leans and surrounded by city walls.


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