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Hierapolis

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Denizli, Turkey.

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Famous for its hot springs, Pamukkale, which have been in use since the 2nd Century BC, Hierapolis was the Florida of its day - a place to retire for its health benefits. The springs were managed into baths by huge stone blocks which slid in and out of place without cement. Indoor baths were covered by vaulted canopy like ceilings. The baths drew prospective residents and more wealth and the city in its prime boasted numerous temples and other municipal buildings and an estimated 100,000 citizens. During its original excavation at the end of the 19th Century and later in the 1950’s during a subsequent excavation many of the cities statues and treasures were removed and relocated to Western Europe. Now managed as a museum built on the site of the baths with plaques and tours etc. One of the other main sights for visitors to Heirapolis is the impressive necropolis.

Written by  Roy Adelwood.

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