LAODICEA

Laodicea occupies a broad plateau overlooking the fertile valley of the River Lycus tributary of the Maeander. Lying far inland from the major archaeological sites on the Aegean coast, it has emerged only in the last decade as the second largest Roman city in Anatolia, exceeded only by Ephesus. Dormant since it was abandoned in the late Middle Ages, it was known mainly through biblical and literary sources. Since 1993 archaeologists have discovered new evidence of a thriving metropolis. In ten years they have revealed the Hippodamian grid plan and so much remarkable architecture that UNESCO has placed the site on the World Heritage Temporary List. As excavation and restoration continue, visitors will experience even more evidence of this prosperous metropolis. It is 16 km. from the World Heritage Site of Hierapolis (Pamukkale) and about the same distance from the important classical city of Colossae where almost nothing remains.

When you travel to the city; you are entering from the Syrian Street which have been unearthed in recent years. The Agora where standing near by the enterance. The theater which was built by the Greeks with 12,000 persons capacity. The basilica, built i 6C AD. Corinthian Temple which has Roman style columns. The remainings of the gate of Ephesus which was dedicated to the Roman Emperor Domitian in the end of 1C AD. The stadium, built by the Romans and one of the biggest stadiums with an arena in Anatolia.

You can book Laodicea Ancient City Tour with Romos Travel.

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