Nysa Ruins

Nysa Ruins, Aydin

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Dean-Traveller
Mugla, Turkey636 contributions
Jun 2021
Nysa
Nysa occupies a spectacular setting near the present town of Sultanhisar. Three bridges linked the 2 parts of the city built on the slopes of a sharp valley. Dating back to before 300BC, this was quite some city in its day, with the theatre holding 10,000 people. The playing field of the stadium was built across the valley. There is a long Roman tunnel that is still open. Despite the topography the Romans still managed a grid system of streets.

The large theatre is undergoing extensive restoration. Many new stones will be added but the work seems to be more in keeping than other restoration projects I have seen in this region.

Driving between areas of the city is recommended because Nysa covers a wide area. On the west side of the valley there are the remains of a gymnasium, a Byzantine building and a library. Past the theatre and on the east side of the valley are remains of an agora, with restored high upright columns, bouleterion (senate / council house) and a bath complex.

There are tourist signs from the Denizili to Aydin road in Sultanhisar. The pay kiosk is on the road on the way in.
Written 20 June 2021
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK5,251 contributions
Sep 2020
If you are on the correct road you'll find the entrance barrier across the road. You can park there and visit some remains of the library and other structures in fields up a short path on your left. 300 metres along the road is the excellent small theatre and the ruins of the bridge that crossed the gorge. If you're only interested in visiting this part you can actually drive direct to it.
A steep sided theatre cut into the hillside with a substantial part of the stage remaining makes for a very picturesque scene. The external appearance of the entrance facade is undergoing extensive restoration, maybe that part is overdone looking too modern and complete.
Written 11 October 2020
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Leonie G
5 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
Need a car, worth a visit. Not many people there. Will be amazing when they finish excavating (in about a hundred years time!).
Written 5 May 2017
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Rod F
Royal Wootton Bassett, UK2,057 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
Definitely one of the most interesting ancient cities. Home of the geographer Strabo, the library, although not as elaborate as that of Ephesus, probably gives a better idea of the layout of an ancient library. The stadium is really strange, being divided by the gorgewhich divides the city in two. The theatre is exceptional in that it has in situ copies of a remarkable set of reliefs representing the marriage of Poseidon and Kore. The bouleterion is also exceptionally well-preserved. A very very interesting site, well worth a visit. One point that is noteworthy is that restored stonework is separated from original work by a line of broken red pottery, which although subtle, is the best method I have seen anywhere other than Tyndaris in Sicily. I wish it was more widely adopted.
Written 30 April 2017
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Mark T
Melbourne, Australia186 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
Well worth the short diversion off the main highway. These ruins are really quiet with a peaceful setting along a narrow gorge. The theatre is really well preserved with good parking access for people who are less mobile. The highlight for me was the long tunnel that goes from one side of the city to the other - you can go right through it via an access path on the lower side of the main road.
Written 18 July 2014
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ramses s
Antalya, Turkey238 contributions
Mar 2013 • Family
Aydın city region very mystery, everywhere is antiq and historical place. Wonderful. Can you magine please, didyma, Tralles, Priene, milet, so many I forgotton to the names. wonderfull and definitly you muts see all aydın place
Written 14 March 2013
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