Hierapolis is the ancient city next to the famous Pamukkale white Travertine terraces. Hierapolis-Pamukkale are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hierapolis was founded in 190 BCE. It was famous for its hot springs since the 2nd century BCE. Many people came here for the healing effects of the hot springs, stayed here, and then died here. There is a huge Necropolis with numerous stone sarcophagi, and various tombs. It stretches over several kilometers.
The spectacular Roman Theater was built by the emperors Hadrian and Septimius Severus. It held more than 12,000 spectators.
On the hill side is the octagonal Martyrium of St. Philip the Apostle. It is said to be erected were St. Philip was martyred.
Not far from there, high up on the hill, are the few remains of the Hellenistic Theater, looking over the 2nd century Agora, one of the largest ever discovered.
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