We thought this area was such a unique combination of natural and man-made wonders, it’s little wonder that Pamukkale-Hierapolis has been made a Unesco World Heritage site.
The part that grabbed our attention the most was Hierapolis which created more conversations between us. Not being history buffs it was still possible for us to gather enough information to have an appreciation of the workmanship and the people who built this Greek-Roman spa city.
The Squire ready to go exploring the Hierapolis ruins. On a hot morning, it was tempting to find some shade underneath a palm tree, we had more walking to do to see treasures spread out on top of the hill.
The stones were so level, how on earth did they achieve that? We were in awe of their workmanship.
It was worth the walk up the hill on a hot sunny day to see this magnificent Roman Theatre and a 180-degree view of the surrounding countryside. I must admit I was not game to walk down the steps when we arrived as they seemed very steep and smooth. It was extraordinary that visitors could walk all over these ancient ruins. I did wonder if the ruins held more significance to the Turkish people would we have such freedom to wander all over this ancient site?
Glancing back at this vast countryside of a distant past which had us in awe of how on earth the Romans were able to construct these monumental buildings. Sadly, all that remains is a small part of the city – in the form of ruins. You could say we are lucky to have something left behind to study and appreciate.
If you do have the opportunity to explore this area.
Take your time to wander around then find some shade, have a picnic and marvel at how Hierapolis was dedicated to Apollo Lairbenos, who was said to have founded the city. The Temple of Apollo that survives in ruins today dates from the 3rd century AD, but its foundation’s date from the Hellenistic period.
For more historical information check out the below websites: