Gymnasium of Vedius


On a side road between the Lower Gate car park and the Selçuk road, this ruined 2nd-century-AD structure has exercise fields, baths, a lavatory, covered exercise rooms, a swimming pool and a ceremonial hall. Unfortunately, it cannot be visited.

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