The size of the building is impressive: about 17 thousand seats, 500 people - the capacity of the orchestra pit. At 96 meters stretched 39 rows of steps. The arch above the stands provided the spectators with a shadow.
Above the lodge on the right, where there were apartments of the emperor, nowadays a small museum is organized: its exhibits are masks, coins, which were admission tickets. The rectangular room opposite the amphitheater served as a room for disguising actors (dressing rooms).
Designed theater, the architect Zenon has calculated everything to the smallest detail: the acoustics in it is such that a whisper on the stage is heard on the last row. Microphones do not need to be used even today. You will ask, how could the building that has been through so many centuries survive? The Seljuks fortified the northern wing with brickwork, and the local calcareous stone is quite strong. In the era of the Romans, the building was decorated with marble, relief patterns, sculptures.
Discovered amphitheater in 1871 traveling company Count Landskonsky. The theater was the most striking construction of the Anatolian peninsula in the 1950s after a thorough reconstruction.
On the stage of the amphitheater, concerts of classical music, opera and ballet art are held nowadays. Since the beginning of June and the whole tourist season, those who wish to enjoy the ancient acoustics and beauty of the building are on buses to Aspendos. Since mid-June, the Opera and Ballet Festival has been held here: one can hear the singing of venerable foreign and Russian performers. A ticket costs 20 liras. From Antalya, from the Archaeological Museum, a bus departs to take everyone to the festival. The charges are about half past six.
Only a kilometer separates from the theater the Roman aqueduct. In the old days, he supplied the city with water. Spread the aqueduct for 20 km.
A beautiful legend shrouded the history of the erection of the theater and aqueduct. By Semiramis (according to some sources the princess was called Belkiz), the daughter of King Aspende, two architects flared with passion. In order to make a fair choice in favor of one of them, the ruler suggests that they create a structure equal to which there is no and there was not. The winner of the competition in architectural craftsmanship will get a daughter as wife.
Simultaneously, the construction is completed one - the theater, the other - the aqueduct. The king could not choose: buildings were so good. He suggested that his rivals divide Semiramis in half, so that no one was hurt. Then the creator of the theater renounced his beloved, saving her life. So the king learned who loves his daughter for real, and he gives her to his wife.
Aspende found a talented and loving son-in-law (it was Zeno), and we are the buildings that glorify Aspendos and give the opportunity to admire its beauty for centuries.
Walking along the ruins of the city, you will see a well-preserved stadium. It is located on the north side of the amphitheater. It was here that the jumps of thoroughbred horses passed. The path between the stadium and the amphitheater leads to the Acropolis. Entrance to it is possible through the eastern gate (all in Aspendos three gates).
From the basilica can only see the foundation. Not far from it is located the preserved part of the fountain. Massive remains of buildings in the distance are fragments of baths and gymnasium.
The Seljuk bridge, built in the 13th century across the river, is now a vivid and spectacular landmark of far away times.