A gift to Aphrodisias

The ancient city of Aphrodisias has a new exhibition hall thanks to the efforts of the Geyre Foundation with support from Sevgi and Erdoğan Gönül and the Friends of Aphrodisias.

Representing one of the oldest civilizations in Anatolia, the ancient city of Aphrodisias takes its name from Aphrodite, goddess of beauty. Exhibited in the new Sevgi Gönül Hall, designed by architect Cengiz Bektaş in a sensitive approach that does no harm to the city's historic texture, are the Sebasteion reliefs and their story. Concomitantly with the opening of the new exhibition hall, a photography exhibition has also opened at Aphrodisias titled '2 Objektif 2 Aphrodisias', featuring photos taken by the great Turkish photographer Ara Güler, who first introduced this unmatched ancient city to the world, and Mesut Ilgım, a member of the board of directors of the Geyre Foundation. The photographs show the city past and present. The photographs of the reliefs were taken by Mesut Ilgım and those of the museum by Cemal Emden.