To say that Turkey or Turkiye is rich in history is very much the understatement of the century. The country is home to a number of attractions that can easily transport visitors back to the past and give a glimpse of how life was back then.
In fact, Turkey is actually home to ancient cities, and three of which are found in the city of Denizli. Located in southwestern Turkey, Denizli is home to three ancient cities that have much to offer any curious, history-loving wandered.
Hierapolis Ancient City
The first of the three ancient cities we will talk about is none other than the Hierapolis Ancient City. Considered an ancient spa city, it is on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List.
As a spa city, people visit Hierapolis as early as the second century because they believe its calcium and iron rich waters have healing properties. Today, it is one of Denizli's most popular tourist attractions. Among the sights that can be found here are the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Theatre, and the Plutonium.
Spelunkers, in particular, will take an interest in Plutonium, which is actually a small cave that serves as a shrine to the god of the underworld. Its name gives away just who this god is, and it's none other than Pluto.
Laodikeia Ancient City
Considered an important city during 1st century BCE, Laodikeia is also on the Tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is an important pilgrimage site for Christians as it is where you can find the Laodikeia (Pilgrimage) Church.
Laodikeia is also an important site for archaeologists. Some of the structures that are still present in the ancient city today include Anatolia's largest stadium, the main entrance gate, and a four-bath complex.
Tripolis Ancient City
The third and last ancient city located in Denizli is the Tripolis Ancient City. Previously called Apollonia, this city was also known as Antionopolis before its name was changed to Tripolis.
This city, which used to be one of the richest in the region, was heavily destroyed by earthquakes and wars through the years. What is left of Tripolis, including a theater, a stadium, and a bath, can still be visited by travelers today and is considered an important archaeological site.
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