Alabanda Ruins

Alabanda Ruins, Aydin

Alabanda Ruins
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Dean-Traveller
Mugla, Turkey636 contributions
Jun 2021
There is a brown tourist sign for Alabanda on the main road in Çine, but at subsequent junctions I just took the straight on road or road which seemed largest of minor roads. The present day village of Doğanyurt is nearby.

Suddenly stone columns in fields on both sides of the road announced arrival at Alabanda. You can drive on the dirt farm roads to visit different parts of the city which is spread over several square kilometres. There is no entrance fee. There are a few marker boards.

Alabanda, apparently translates as horse race in the original Carian language of the city, and the symbol of the city is a winged horse. The city dates from at least 300BC but the ruins seen today are from the later Roman and Hellenistic period.

The impressive theatre is in the back yard of a farm and watched over by nesting storks. Nature and farm animals have taken over what was once an advanced urban centre. The proximity to modern rural life positively adds to the experience.

A scenic drive through low hills and traditional villages leads to the nearby ancient city of Alinda.
Written 19 June 2021
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK5,251 contributions
Sep 2020
Google maps was saying just another 2km left when we passed what looked like a few large blocks in a field but no signs. That is Alabanda. Use Alabanda Tiyatro to find it until Google update my map change suggestion. Actually when we stopped you could then see a small sign with smaller writing. Continue up a rough farm track for a few hundred metres past a farm house and you'll arrive at a surprise, a reasonably complete good sized theatre. The seating is mostly present cut into the mountainside and with a good part of the stage area also present. A pleasing find.and not too far a diversion off the D550 at Cine.
Written 11 October 2020
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ramses s
Antalya, Turkey238 contributions
Mar 2013 • Family
I told before other aydın antiq place. everywhere is wonderfull and amazing in aydın. Many antiq city and lands in aydın. No kuşadası. please get a car and go everywhere in aydın
Written 14 March 2013
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