Anastylosis is the precise stone-for-stone restoration of an ancient building and requires intensive study and trial-and-error testing to determine the one original position of each block. The process not only leads to iconic landmarks that help visitors to understand and enjoy the ancient site but also provides much valuable information about the working practices of ancient architects and builders. Aphrodisias has several buildings sufficiently well preserved to allow such anastylosis: the Tetrapylon (1983-90); the east end of the Sebasteion’s South Building (2000-2012); the Doric logeion of the Theatre (2011-2012); and the Propylon of the Sebasteion complex (2012- ).


Sebasteion Proplyon reconstruction west facade

A Collaboration:

Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism New York University University of Oxford


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Sevgi Gönül Hall, 2008