Aphrodisias

24 September until 16 November 2014

Aphrodisias: city of AphroditeAphrodisias: city of Aphrodite
Gate of AphrodisiasGate of Aphrodisias
A sarcophagusA sarcophagus
Detail of a sarcophagusDetail of a sarcophagus
The theatreThe theatre
Part of the ruins of AphrodisiasPart of the ruins of Aphrodisias

Aphrodisias is an exhibition of photographs of the ancient city of Aphrodisias in western Turkey.

One of Turkey's most beautiful archaeological sites

The ruins of Aphrodisias are one of Turkey's most beautiful archaeological sites. The photographs were made by the cultural historian Wolter Braamhorst and the researcher Eray Ergeç, whose services were enlisted by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism to produce a travel guide, Turkey: Where Europe Began, about Turkey's finest archaeological sites. Aphrodisias naturally had to be included.

< Click on the photographs for enlarged versions. Click on the arrows to move between photos.

City of Aphrodite

The impressive ruins of the ancient city of Aphrodisias are close to the small village of Geyre in northwest Turkey. The city was named after the legendary temple of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. Aphrodisias was rediscovered in the 1960s by Professor Kenan Erim.

Marble statues

In Roman times, Aphrodisias was famous for its school of sculpture. The nearby marble quarry had been mined since the Hellenistic era, giving rise to a substantial marble industry. The archaeologists discovered numerous marble sculptures during the excavations. They can be admired in their original location, at Aphrodisias Museum.

  • The photographs in the exhibition were produced with the sponsorship of the Turkish National Tourist Office.