Hierapolis!

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After exploring Pamukkale we ventured into the nearby ancient Greek city of Hierapolis.

I loved it! Again me and old stones :P:P

From what I read the ancient city was known as a healing city. Many ancient peoples would retire and relocate here to bath in the healing waters of what is presently known as Pamukkale.

The city was well preserved which was a surprise considering the how much damage the nearby hotsprings had suffered during the last century. There were many little nooks and crannies to explore both on and off the main dirt road through the city ruins. Several buildings still existed and hundreds of old columns were either standing or layed out in rows for visitors to walk around.
Sadly there existed many fences blocking view and preventing us from getting too close to some of the more photografically interesting areas and viewpoints, but what can you do.

We walked through the Temple of Apollo, An ancient theatre, bath house, remains of an old Christian church, several arches and between rows of columns and, my favorite part, and ancient greek necropolis!!

The theatre has a great view of the city ruins from the top row. well when the weather is clear of fog and grey clouds then there was a great view :P:P we had a small moment when some of the fog cleared away, but the sun was still hidden. I was sad that the lowest levels were closed to tourists. The signed read 'danger' but I am sure the threat of danger was more to the stone work then to the visitors.
Many of the walls were filled with recycled stones.
There were a few interesting statues that I would have loved to seen up close.. If it wasn't for the guard closely waiting everyone I would have put some serious consideration into jumping the weak fence. But I was a good girl :P:P

What I loved about this city was that you can easily venture off the main road through the city to see more ruins like the church foundation, more columns and other odd nooks and crannies. I had wanted to even venture past the ruins and go for a hike along the surrounding hills and woods. But we decided that the next time we visit this site (for better photos) we would go for the hike. On this day we wanted to focus on exploring the city while there was a few moments of sunlight peering through the clouds every now and then..

At the end of the city began the necropolis.
Run!!!! Its Zombie Semih!
A necropolis literally means the dead city. The ancient graveyard covered so much space that I am curious to know if it is one of the largest from that era in existence. A fact that I need and should look up :P. I have always enjoyed walking in graveyards. My mother had grown up in a funeral home and during my child hood she would take us for picnics in local graveyards. I know it sounds like a morbid and demented thing to do with your kids, but even then I loved it. I would read all the head stones and think about what historical events had occur during their lifetimes and imagine who these people were what were their thoughts etc etc... I found it both peaceful and calming. I had that same feeling walking through the necropolis amongst these old and empty tombs. Many of the tombs still had legible writing and decorative motifs on them.


It took several hours to walk through both Pamukkale and Hierapolis and would have taken more if the weather was nicer and we had ventured off the path even more. I recommend to arrive early in the morning to avoid some of the crowds. It was so crowded during the winter season, but I am guessing that in the warmer months the area is filled with curious visitors.

There wasn't too much to do in the Nearby town. The hotels seem to be the center of tourist activity in the town with its hot pools, massages, and other luxury treatments. We walked up and down the main street a few times and noticed a few stores that sold interesting jewelry and artsy items. There were also a few places to eat at, but the hotel we stayed at also included a free breakfast and dinner buffet.

We stayed at the Hierapolis Hotel near the center of town. the rates were cheap during the winter time and the rooms were clean. I think it was 36 Turkish lira for the room with meals and swimming pool included in the price. the massages and and spa treatments were extra $$ I think. I didn't try them. Not really my thing.
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Many of the walls were filled with…
Many of the walls were filled wit…
Run!!!! Its Zombie Semih!
Run!!!! Its Zombie Semih!
Detail from the arch in the previo…
Detail from the arch in the previ…
More recycled stones used to creat…
More recycled stones used to crea…
on our way to the theatre
on our way to the theatre
piles of recovered stones... Hey w…
piles of recovered stones... Hey …
wow what a view :P
wow what a view :P
oh look the fog sorta clear up!!! …
oh look the fog sorta clear up!!!…
our small picnic :P
our small picnic :P
this was a church
this was a church
semih racing to catch the sunlight…
semih racing to catch the sunligh…
Bath house
Bath house
Bath house
Bath house
the necroplis!!
the necroplis!!
Necropolis
Necropolis
Pamukkale
photo by: EmyG