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The Archaeology Museum of Bergama

Inside the Museum

Inside the Museum

A first museum was built between 1900 and 1913 near the Acropolis of Pergamon, where searches were started in 1878 by German archaeologists Carl Humann and Alexander Conze. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Asclepieion and Acropolis: the two diamonds of Pergamon

General View of the Acropolis

General View of the Acropolis

After having visited the pretty city of Bergama, located 2 hours North of Izmir, it is now time to discover the ancient site of Pergamon and its two diamonds: the Asclepieion and the Acropolis. The site was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pergamon, an ancient Greek city inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List

The Red Basilica in Bergama

The Red Basilica in Bergama

The city of Pergamon is located in in the Turkish Aegean region, about 100 km north of Izmir on a promontory above the river Bakirçay. This beautiful site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List on June 22nd 2014. The Turkish name for the modern city is Bergama. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pergamon and its ancient ruins are among the most beautiful in Turkey

Pergamon

Small town of Bergama is a province of İzmir, nestled among the vineyards and olive groves, which is a must for lovers of ancient ruins.

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Giant Stadiums of Anatolia

 Ancient Giant Stadiums of Anatolia

Modern sports and Olympic Games have their roots in ancient games. During the Greek and Roman periods in Anatolia athletic games and competitions, gladiatorial fights and chariot races were held in giant stadiums. Stadium word comes from the Greek word “stadion”, a measure of length equalling the length of 600 human feet. A Roman stadium was defined somewhat differently to be a distance of 125 passus (double-paces), equal to about 185 m (607 ft). Although in modern terms 1 stadion = 600 ft (180 m), in a given historical context it may be larger or smaller as we see often in stadiums of Anatolia.

There are many Greek an Roman stadiums in Anatolia. Aphrodisias Stadium is probably one of the best preserved structures of its kind in the world. At Perga stadium a colonnaded gallery 234 m (768 ft) long was carried round above the seats. At Perga, Magnesia and Aizani the stadiums were built on the level ground. The stadium at Ephesus was 230 m (755 ft) long, cut in the hill on one side and enclosed with masonry on the other. The largest stadium is located at Laodicea ad Lycum, 355 m (1165 ft) long, with semicircular (sphendone) terminations at each end. Some of the stadiums are next to the theaters such as the ones in Magnesia, Tralles, Sardes and Pergamum. Among the stadiums lost since the nineteenth century are those at Smyrna, Heraclea Salbake, Myndus and Tarsus, among those discovered since then are those at Perinthus and Labraunda. The stadium at Halicarnassus was found and covered and built again.

We have tried to compile a detailed list of stadiums in Anatolia. Feel free to comment and the list will be updated and expanded.

The list of Stadiums of Anatolia

Aphrodisias Stadium

Date First Century A.D.
Capacity 30,000
Length 270 m (890 ft)
Width 60 m (200 ft)
Track Length 225 m (738 ft)
Track Width 30 m (98 ft)
Seat Rows 30

Aphrodisias Stadium

Stadium of Aphrodisias – Photo credit Teoman Cimit

 

Aphrodisias is a city in Caria, on the southwest coast of Asia Minor. Its site is located near the modern village of Geyre, Turkey, about 230 km (140 mi) south-east of İzmir and about 100 km (62 mi) inland from the coast.

The Aphrodisias Stadium was built in the first century A.D. to host athletic contests such as foot races, wrestling, long-jumps and discus and javelin throwing.It was used for athletic events until the city theatre was badly damaged by a 7th century earthquake, requiring part of the stadium to be converted for events previously staged in the theatre. The stadium measures approximately 270 m (890 ft) by 60 m (200 ft). With 30 rows of seats on each side, and around each end, it would have had a maximum capacity for around 30,000 spectators. The track measures approximately 225 m (738 ft) by 30 m (98 ft).
The stadium is considerably larger and structurally more extensive than even the stadium at the Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi. The Aphrodisias stadium is probably one of the best preserved structures of its kind in the World.

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