The outside of the theater of Aspendos.




This is the best preserved Roman theater in Asia Minor. It was constructed during the reign of emperor Marcus Aurelius, 161 - 180 AD.


The theater could hold 15,000 people.


Under Seljuk control, the theater was repaired and used as a caravanserai.  In the 13th century, it was converted into a palace by the Sultan of Rum (Rum is derived from the Arabic word for Roman).


The acoustics are superb in this theater.





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