Turkey - Aphrodisias
This was a shrine as early as 5800 BC, when neolithic farmers came here to worship the Mother Goddess of Fertility and crops. At some point, the sire was dedicated to Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, and was given the name of Aphrodisias during the 2nd century BC.
For centuries it became a little more than s shrine, but when the Romans defeated the Pontic ruler Mithridates, Aphrodisias was rewarded for its loyalty and prospered a cultural and artistic hub known for its exquisite marble structures.
During the Byzantine era, the Temple of Aphrodite became a Christian basilica. Gradually, the city faded into obscurity, later becoming the Turkish Village of Geyre.