Beauties of Hierapolis, Pamukkale Turkey
Pamukkale, which is visited by around 2 million tourists every year, is one of the places where nature plays the role of an artist. The discovery of the attractiveness of Pamukkale, where the white travertines formed as a result of the contact of the thermal waters with the air, form gradual shapes like a frozen waterfall and create terrace shaped pools in places, goes back to the Roman Period.
Together with the incomparable beautiful travertines, these ruins are included in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. We are sure that Pamukkale will fascinate you at first sight. The Kingdom of Pergamon could not resist this attraction 2 thousand years ago and built Hierapolis Ancient City next to the travertines. You can also swim in the waters of the ancient world thousands of years ago and watch the magnificent view of the travertines.
You can see the sculptures and other ruins unearthed in the ancient city excavations in Hierapolis and its vicinity here. Structures such as the ancient theater, temples, monumental fountains, tombs, agora and gymnasium are also in good condition to make you feel that you were in the city of 2 thousand years ago. Especially the stories told about Ploutonium, which is believed to be the entrance to Hell in the Roman Period, will attract your attention.
Christianity in Hierapolis
Hierapolis is also a sacred settlement in terms of Christianity. The most important reason for this sacredness is that Phillippus, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus, was killed here and his grave is also here. Martyrium, which was built by palace architects in the 5th century and where the saint’s tomb is located, is one of the holy structures of Christianity. The 6th century cathedral with baptismal boat and bishop ritual spaces and the Direkli Church, which is dated to the 7th century, are other important Christian buildings. Many smaller churches are also scattered around the city. All these structures prove that Hierapolis was an important religious center in the Byzantine Period.
Laodicea Antique City is 6 km from Denizli Province. The city, which has one of the first 7 churches of Christianity, became a religious center at the metropolitan level in the Early Byzantine Period. Laodicea is very important to the Christian world. Because the city has had a religious feature such as being the Holy Pilgrimage Center since the 4th century. For this reason, the unearthing of the Laodicea Church in a city mentioned in the Bible and where revelation was sent on behalf of the Laodicea Church increases this sacredness even more. 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.
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