Hieropolis is Here!

Trip Start Mar 28, 2008
Trip End Apr 09, 2008

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Flag of Turkey  , Denizli,
Tuesday, April 1, 2008

    Leaving Izmir we headed east for Pamukkale (meaning cotton castle).  Here we toured the ancient Greek and Roman hot springs at Hieropolis in present day Pamukkale.

    The city stretches between a colonnaded street, paved with limestone, known as the Plateia that ran north and south from the southern gateway to the northern Arch of Domitian. In the area one can find a beautiful theater, roman baths, agora, and a variety of temples in various states of ruin/restoration.  The Arch of Domitian is particularly impressive with its two round towers and three portals. 

    There is also a small museum on the site and remains of a Christian Basilica.

 Besides the wonderful ruins (and especially the necropolis) we saw beautiful geologic formations of limestone.  It is a thermal area and the limestone terraces with hot pools can be seen from miles along with steam  billowing from it.  It is really pretty spectacular and has been preserved as a UNESCO site (as have all the  archaeological sites I’ve mentioned so far).
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