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Yeni koy
Geyre is located in Turkey
Location in Turkey
Coordinates: 37°43′N 28°43′E / 37.717°N 28.717°E / 37.717; 28.717
Country Turkey
ProvinceAydın Province
 • Total956
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Geyre is a small town in the District of Karacasu, Aydın Province, Turkey. Also known as Yeni koy (the "new village"), it was relocated around 1960, from over the ancient Greek city of Aphrodisias archeological site to a new location nearby. [1]

It is about 230 km (140 mi) south-east of İzmir, and about 100 km (62 mi) inland/east from the coast. of the Aegean Sea As of 2010, it had a population of 956 people.[2]


Previously called Ninoé, Aphrodisias, and Stravopolis in the ancient Caria region, the Turkish village of "Old Geyre" emerged by the late 18th century CE when settlers were attracted to the area due to fertile soil and plentiful water.[1][3][4] It is a settlement which was developed over the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Aphrodisias.[5][4] Aphrodisias was established in the 4th century BCE.


The new village of Geyre was relocated from the "Old Geyre" location, and built by the Turkish government c. 1960, due to earthquake threats to its stone dwellings, and to protect the rediscovered (1957) archeological site and antiquities of a Bronze Age (3,000-2200 BCE) settlement, ancient Greek and Roman Aphrodisias, and Byzantine Stravopolis (c.3rd−c.12th centuries). [1]

The village was relocated when excavations began again on the ruins of Aphrodisias.[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b c National Geographic Magazine; "Ancient Aphrodisias and Its Marble Treasures;" Kenan T. Erim, Ph.D.; August 1967 issue.
  2. ^ "Population of city, towns and villages - 2010". Turkish Statistical Institute. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  3. ^ Freely, John (2004). The western shores of Turkey: discovering the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. Tauris Parke Paperbacks. p. 176. ISBN 978-1-85043-618-8.
  4. ^ a b c Ring, Trudy; Salkin, Robert M.; La Boda, Sharon (1995). International Dictionary of Historic Places: Southern Europe. Taylor & Francis. p. 46. ISBN 978-1-884964-02-2.
  5. ^ Deborah L. Jacob (1993-02-07). "Turkey's Monument to a Goddess". The New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-24. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)