The Central and Southern Aegean Coast

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  • 1. Aphrodisias

    Though most of what you see today dates from the 1st and 2nd century AD, archaeological evidence indicates that the local dedication to Aphrodite follows...Read More

  • 2. Bergama

    One of the Turkey's best preserved ancient cities, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and target of most cruises' disembarking passengers, Bergama, lies just 40 km (25...Read More

  • 3. Ephesus Archaeological Site

    The ruin of Ephesus, once the most important Greco-Roman city of the eastern Mediterranean, is one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world....Read More

  • 4. St. Jean Anıtı

    Step through the impressive, pre-Justinianic marble portal (its huge blocks likely plundered from the nearby Temple of Artemis) to approach the basilica, which sits below...Read More

  • 5. Antik Tiyatro

    Construction of the magnificent, 5,000-seat ancient theater began during the 4th century BC reign of King Mausolus, back when Bodrum was known as Halicarnassus of...Read More

  • 6. Cave of the Seven Sleepers

    According to the legend attached to the Cave of the Seven Sleepers (and immortalized in a poem by Goethe), seven young Christian men hid in...Read More

  • 7. Didyma

    Didyma's Temple of Apollo is as grand in scale as the Parthenon—measuring 623 feet by 167 feet—and has 124 well-preserved columns, some still supporting their...Read More

  • 8. Hierapolis

    The sprawling, well-maintained site of Hierapolis is lovely proof of how long the magical springs of Pamukkale have drawn eager travelers and pilgrims to partake...Read More

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  • 9. İzmir Agora

    This was the Roman city's administrative and commercial center; if it looks decidedly unimpressive from the entrance, that's because the best-preserved bit is underground: the...Read More

  • 10. Laodicea

    On a hill overlooking the white travertines of Pamukkale about 10 km (6 miles) to the north, the relatively little-visited ruins of the ancient city...Read More

  • 11. Mausoleum of Halicarnassus

    Little remains of the extravagant white-marble tomb of King Mausolos, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World—and the source of the word mausoleum....Read More

  • 12. Meryem Ana Evi

    This wooded complex in the hills above Selçuk draws pilgrims to the small stone house where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent the...Read More

  • 13. Miletus

    The Miletus archaeological site is sprawled out along a desolate plain, and laced with well-marked trails. The parking lot is right outside the city's most...Read More

  • 14. Pedasa

    On a spectacular perch high above Bodrum, the little-visited ruins of the ancient city of Pedasa date back some 2,500 years, when members of the...Read More

  • 15. Priene

    Spectacularly sited, the remains of Priene are on the top a steep hill above the flat valley of the Büyük Menderes Nehri. First excavated by...Read More

  • 16. Temple of Artemis

    Today a lone column towering over a scattering of fallen stones in a marshy lowland on the Selçuk–Ephesus road is all that remains of a...Read More

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