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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 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- A great stop on your way to somewhere else. This site has a lot more to offer than meets the eye. I noticed reviews saying it is fenced and closed. While it is fenced and gated, the gate isn't locked. Just open it, and go in. Don't miss out on the Arsenal, which isn't in the site itself, but on the other side of the street.Written 20 August 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I loved it because I was there practically by myself. I was warned for the old ladies in the end I still gave them some money just for them to leave me alone... guess I shouldn’t have. But anyway once I was alone I really enjoyed walking around here. It feels like you are the first person to find this place.Written 28 January 2017This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Alinda was named after Ada, a princess, who came here after a spat with her brother in 340BC. She became Queen of Caria following an arrangement with Alexander the Great. Alinda had a bishop in Byzantine times but lost importance after this.
The aqueduct and city walls across a valley are particularly impressive. It amazes me that so many of the walls of these cities are intact in an earthquake zone. The walls were built with no mortar, just carefully dressed and placed stones.
Exploring on the steep hillside on goat paths is hard work. Best visited in cooler seasons.
Driving to the car park high on the acropolis takes less effort and gives the best view of the aqueduct. However setting out through the streets of Karpuzlu and then climbing up through the city walls adds interest as the ancient and the modern mix. A stone trough that is 2500 years old is used to water animals.
There is no admission fee and no facilities but Alinda is on the edge of Karpuzlu which has a range of small shops and cafes.
Brown tourist signs guides one to Alinda from near Çine and Milas on a large road which goes through Karpuzlu In Karpuzlu look for the red and white paint marks for the footpath to the city walls of Alinda, but some markers have been defaced. A scenic drive through low hills and traditional villages leads to the nearby ancient city of Alabanda.Written 20 June 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- 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 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Cihanoğlu family is one of the leading families who ruled the Koçarlı & Aydın region for about 400 hundred years since 16th century and they have made agreat contribution both for its development as complexes, mosques, charity kitckens, health centers and sending the great taxes to the Ottoman empire. According to the written sources, the Cihanoglu family joined to the Ottoman army with 250 soldiers under the commander of Mehmet during the conquest of Rhodes island with Suleiman the magnificent in 1522 AD and after the conquest Mehmet bey was appointed as the governor for ruling Koçarlı & Aydın province on behalf of the empire. The Cihanoglu family has ruled the area till 1900 AD from Koçarlı to Aydın regions. They have built a lot of monuments in the region as the seals of their sovereignty and they made two towers first in 16th century AD and they built some complexes known as Kulliye with mosques & charity kitchens. In 1753 They had Dedekoy village mosques built, in 1756 Aydın Cihanoglu Mosque with madrasah as a big complex in downtown and in 1764 Kocarlı Ibrahim Aga mosques with complex are the leading ones. A lot of monuments, mosques and shops also have built in 400 years.
The Cihanoğlu Kulliye-complex was built in Koçarlı including a great mosque and madrasah in 1753-1756 years in Koçarlı town by the family and has been restored several times up to now. The mosque hasa square plan and is about 2m high from ground having 11 steps up in both sides. A big fountain with beautiful decorations was added in the courtyard with 24 taps for ablution. The mosque reflects the barocca architectural style with nice paintings describing Kaaba in Mecca above the altar, as wall paintings in upper part with Bosphorus panaroma and woodwork of Ottoman art on the ceiling. Interior part of the mosque decoration is an attarctive mixture of Turkish and European arts reflecting late 18th century styles. The verses from holy Koran are surrounded around the altar and the dome as the warnings & advice for muslim believers. It is one of the most important cultural heritage centers in Koçarlı which must be preserved in better conditions. The mosque also has a small graveyard at the backside with unique gravestones. The teachers of madrasah, the muslims priests of mosque, the leaders of Cihanoglu family and their family members were buried here. The gravestones are really worth visiting and taking the shot especially female and childrens’ with beautiful symbols such as wheel fortune & cypress tree describing hard life & submissive.Written 26 April 2015This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Aydın Nasuhpaşa complex is located in the center of the city which was built by Nasuh Pasha in 1708 with a caravanserail, a small mosque , a madrasah and a Turkish bath. Nasuh paşa was the governor of Karaman, Damascus and Aydın province in 18th century of Ottoman empire. The caravanserail and the bath have the written inscription of which are preserved today. Nasuhpaşa complex-kulliye was destroyed in war and was burnt out later. The madrasah and the caravanserail were built side by side and the madrasah used to have 27 rooms as the center of intellectual. The caravanserail also was the accommodation center for the merchants & camels spending the night in safe. The small mosque with a foundation in the middle used for prayers during their stay in the caravanserail. There is a big inn next to it called “ Zincirli han-inn with chain”. The Nasuhpaşa külliyesi-complex was restored by Turkish government between 2007 and 2011 and it was opened in the same year. It has 21 rooms , a big fountain in the middle of the courtyard for ablution and a small mosque on the right hand side of the main building. It is one of the nice monuments built in 18th century by the Ottomans in Aydın city.Written 26 April 2015This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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