Aspendos Archaeological Site




Location: 50 km (31 mi) east of Antalya, Muğla Province   Map

Open: 8am- 7pm (summer)

8:30am- 5pm (winter)


Aspendos is an ancient archeological city situated 50 km (31 mi) east of Antalya, Muğla Province in Turkey. It is particularly famous for its majestic Hellenistic theatre that survived centuries of neglect and abandonment.


According to legend, the city was founded by the soothsayer Pug or Polypet after the Trojan War. To avoid raids from the sea, the city was built 16 km from the sea. He was part of Lycia, Persians, the Athenian Maritime Union.

In 333 BC passed from Persians to Alexander the Great. Then the city was ruled by the Seleucids, Pergamum, and finally from the II century. BC e. - the Romans. In the Roman period, the city reached its peak, and was among the 3 major cities of Pamphylia. The good climate and convenient location contributed to the rapid development of the city and its transformation into one of the largest shopping centers. A port was created on the banks of the Eurymedon River, and olive orchards and vineyards were set up in the surrounding area. The famous port and trading city was engaged in the trade of grain, jewelry, wine and horses. Aspend’s horses were valued throughout the ancient world. They minted their own silver coin in the city.

In the following centuries, already during the Byzantine Empire, the city fell into decay. In the 7th century, Arab raids contributed to this.

At the beginning of the XIII century, the city was conquered by the Seljuks, and subsequently fell into decay and eventually ceased to exist.

One of the main attractions of Aspendos is the well-preserved Roman theater; his stage portal had a rich architectural and sculptural decoration.

Since the time of the Seljuks, the bridge (XIII century), built on the basis of the bridge of the Roman period, has been perfectly preserved.


Travel Destinations in Aspendos Archaeological Site

Amphitheatre (Aspendos)


The Basilica (Aspendos)