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ABOUT PAMUKKALE
Although Herodotus mentions a town called 'watery' in this region, we don't have the mention of the city down to Hellenistic Period. Hieroplis was founded by one of the Pergamon Kings in the memory of his mother or wife.

The city became so popular because of hot springs and thermal water. Many baths were built in the city. according to a strong tradition, Apostle Philip visited the city. He was martried and buried in Hiereropolis.

Great martyrdom, built the top of the hill. The city of Hieropolis is mentioned in the letter written to the Laodican church. Visit of the city starts with its vast cemetery where visitors enjoy various types of tombs:

Tumulus Type with their round shapes, house shaped tombs, single tombs. Then comes a immense Roman bath with its reclining walls. From the cross signs carved on the walls, we understand that the baths were converted into church.

After a short walk, one arrives to Domitian Gate which was erected in honor of Emperor Domitian during 1st century. The famous columned avenue, lined with the columns and shops starts from Domitian Gate and ends the Byzantine Gate.
Another worth visiting monuments is well preserved and well restored Roman theatre. Theatre's state of preservation and condition of the stage building and its freezes impress visitors. The scenes decorating the stage show mythological events related to Artemis and Apollo.

Near the Roman theatre, there are also ruins of Apollo Temple and Plutonium. The latter which had been mentioned by the ancient writers was discovered during the archaeological digs. This cave with poisonous gas was considered as one of the entrances of Hades, under world. Visitor also can enjoy the magnificent sacred pool with ancient coleus lying in the water
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