LAODICEA ANCIENT CITY
Laodikeia Antique City is located 6 km north of Denizli Province.
Hellenistic city, In the middle of the 3rd century BC, Seleucid King II. It was founded by Antiokhos on behalf of his wife Laodike. In B.C. 130/129, the region was completely connected to Rome (first the Republic, then the Empire). Having one of the first seven churches of Christianity, the city became a religious center at the metropolitan level in the Early Byzantine period. Excavations at Laodikeia revealed the presence of uninterrupted settlements from the Early Chalcolithic Age (Copper Age, BC 5500 to AD 7. century. Laodikeia has important archaeological remains. The largest stadium in Anatolia, the largest stadium (measures 285×70 m.), 2 theaters, 4 bath complexes, 5 agoras, 5 nymphaeum, 2 monumental entrance doors, Bouleuterion, temples, Peristylli houses, Latrina, churches and Laodikeia is very important for the world of Christianity because the city has been a religious feature since the 4th century AD. Revelation in the name of a church in the name of the Church of the Laodikeia Church, this sacredness of a In the time of Constantinus the Great (M.S. 306-337), the Church of M.S. It was built in 313 with the release of the Edict of Milan. In this respect, it remains one of the oldest and most important sacred structures of the Christian world and therefore the building is a pilgrimage church.
Laodicea is situated in Denizli province. One of the seven churches of the Bible, as the last church known as the luke-warm in Reveletion. Laodicea is noted all over the world by its splendid archeological site still under the excavations in one hand. On the other hand, Laodicea has become one of the holy destinations for church groups with tours called on the footsteps of the Apostles in recent years. Church groups not only have a mass in Cross church but also walk in the ancient streets and see the amazing water pipe systems of the city in holy atmosphere.
In the book of Revelation, Jesus says , “I know what you did. you’re neither cold, nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot! Yet no matter how you are , you’re luke-warm so I’m going to vomit out of my mouth” (Revelation 3: 15-16). “ Jesus warns the Laodiceans as to be unstable and unfaitfull to the church because the water in Laodicea is luke-warm, neither hot or cold. In Hierapolis the water is hot and in Colossea the water is cold, in between Ladicea has a shortage of fresh water. In the time of John, the fresh water was brought from Colossea to Laodicea by terra-cotta pipes and collected in a big water reservoir and was delivered to the city by amazing pipe systems which are visible today. The cold water from Colossea was turning into the lukewarm on the way down to Laodicea and the people living here was like the lukewarm water, unstable and untrustable.
Historic sites of Laodicea
1-THE GRAND THEATRE
It was built in 3rd C BC as the Greek theater and it was expanded during the reign of Nero so the capasity reached up 20.000 seats as the second biggest amphi-theatre after Ephesus
2-THE SMALL THEATRE
Having two theatres shows us that Laodicea was a really fond of watching shows, listening to concerts, celebrating the festivals, floowing the politicians
3-THE STADIUM AND THE GYNASIUM
The stadium was completed in 79 AD with length of 350 meters, 60 meters in wide and has 24 rows of seats.
4-MONUMENTAL FOUNTAIN-WATER RESERVOIR
Laodicea used to have a shortage of water and the water was luke-warm so people were in trouble to drink the clean and fresh water. For this reason, the city authorities gave a great importance to construct such a monumental fountain and a big water resorvoir next with earthenware pipes here.
5-THE SENATE HOUSE
It was built in 3rd C AD when Laodicea was founded and dedicated to chief diety of Olympians, the king of Gods
7-CHURCH OF LAODICEA
It is believed that there was no permanent church buildings in Asia Minor till the end of 400 AD in Asia Minor so the church of Laodicea was built in 5th C AD during the Byzantine period. All the churches were built on a cross plan as the oblob-building known as “ Basilica “ so there were called as “ Cross Churches “ as it is in Laodicea today. You can find churches in cross shapes all over the seven churches of Revelation cities.
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