PAMUKKALE, HIERAPOLIS, LEODOCIA, TRIPOLIS, ALL ABOUT DENIZLI

Denizli is one of the big cities in Turkey. It is located in the egean region of Turkey.

 

It is near the most attraction points. Most important attraction point is Pamukkale. A unique beauty worldwide, a protected site both due to archaeological and natural treasures, Pamukkale is nestled in travertines that are the handiwork of thermal waters in thousands of years as well as the antique and holy city of Hierapolis, settled towards the north of ancient Salbacos mountains, in the skirts of Cokelez mountains. Pamukkale with its white travertines welcomes guests looking like a bride.

 

Hierapolis, the City of Amazonian Queen Hiera, is also famous. It is near to Pamukkale. The white city of Phrygia, one of the ancient cities of the East, was included in the Hierapolis UNESCO World Heritage List in both Natural and Cultural categories in 1988.

 

The city of Laodicea, among UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites, was founded 6 km north of the city center of Denizli, in a geographically favorable spot to the south of River Lycos. The city is cited in ancient resources mostly as “Laodicea, the city by Lycos”. According to other ancient writings, the city was founded between 261-263 B.C. by Antiochos II and named after Laodiche, the wife of Antiokhos. Laodicea was one of the most important and famous cities of Anatolia by 1st century B.C. The colossal artwork found in the city dates to this period. In the time of Emperor Caracalla, a series of quality coins were issued in Laodicea. With the help of the people of Laodicea, many monuments were built in the city. The fact that one of the seven famous churches of Asiaminor was located here is a testament to the importance of Christianity in this area. A massive earthquake that took place in 60 A.D. destroyed the city, which was rebuilt thereafter, but it was finally deserted after the earthquake of 602 A.D. The city was famous for the fabric woven from the brown sheep’s wool raised in this area.

Tripolis; THE DWELLING PLACE OF PHYRIGIANS, KARIANS, and LYDIANS WHO WERE REPRESENTED IN THE ROMAN SENATE.

The township of Buldan, 40 km to the city center of Denizli, is located on the hillside between Yenicekent District and River Menderes. The city, founded where Phrygia, Karia and Lydia intersected, was first named Apollonia in the Hellenistic Period, then Antoniopolis, but later it was changed to Tripolis because of its mixed population of Phrygians, Karians, and Lydians and was in existence until it was deserted in 7th century A.D. Tripolis was represented in the Roman Senate at the bishop level and sent senators to the senate, reaching its peak during the Roman Empire.

Other Archaeological Locations in Denizli

Colossae; ONE OF PHRYGIA’S SIX LARGEST CITIES

Apollon Leirbenos ; THE MOST IMPORTANT TEMPLE IN ANATOLIA

Tabae; UNINTERRUPTED DWELLING SINCE THE HELLENISTIC PERIOD

Eumenia; THE CITY OF PERGAMON KING EUMENES

 

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