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Visit of Hierapolis

Roman spa town

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Visit of Hierapolis
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The ruins of the ancient Roman town of Hierapolis are located directly above Pamukkale, famous travertine pools and Turkish tourist attraction number one. Thanks to this are the ruins kind of in the shadow of this natural wonder. But in the slopes above the travertine is very nice theater and many ancient tombs worth visiting. Many people want to swim in the old spa pool with remains of marble columns, but the high admission fee and especially the crowdedness are quite discouraging.
 

Ruins near the entrance to the museum

Once you leave the snowy Pamukkale, you will get to the first ruins on one side and the museum on the other.

 

Ruins near the entrance to the museum
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Nymphaeum

Another smaller and interesting building on the way to the theater is Nymphaeum.

 

Nymphaeum
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Sacred bathing pool

The first longer stop during the tour around the ruins of Hierapolis are usually old spa. Many tourists look forward to bathe here in the sacred ancient pool with healing pamukkale water among the remnants of ancient columns, but the vast majority of romantically minded travelers will be discouraged by overcrowding and exorbitant entrance fees.

 

Sacred bathing pool
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Theatre in Hierapolis

The most important monument in the whole town is great and very well restored theater. But the ascent here in the midday heat is very demanding.

Theatre in Hierapolis
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View from the theater auditorium

From the theater high-lying in the slope is a nice view of the museum and preserved buildings around it, which are unfortunately behind a fence, and spa pavilion.

 

View from the theater auditorium
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Martyrion of St. Philip

From the theater, you can set out to the place, where St. Philip was crucified and stoned in year 80.

 

Martyrion of St. Philip
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Necropolis

Going further north, you will discover all kinds of interesting tombs in the slopes above the sights. This place is very far from being crowded.

 

Necropolis
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Ancient tomb

Necropolis in Hierapolis is said to be the largest ancient burial ground throughout Anatolia.

 

Ancient tomb
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Skene building of Hierapolis Theatre

Walk back down from the theater along the other, less widely used, path. In addition, you will be able to see stage building of skene (building where actors change their costumes).

Skene building of Hierapolis Theatre
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