Must see attractions in Pamukkale

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    This ancient spa city's location atop Pamukkale's tourist-magnet travertines is quite spectacular. Founded as a curative centre around 190 BC by Eumenes…

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    The World Heritage–listed saucer-shaped travertines (or terraces) of Pamukkale wind sideways down the powder-white mountain above the village, providing a…

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    Roman Theatre

    The Roman theatre is the highlight of Hierapolis, dramatically sitting uphill from the site and overlooking the ruins and mountains beyond. The stage area…

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    Martyrium of St Philip the Apostle

    The extraordinary octagonal Martyrium of St Philip the Apostle at Hierapolis is built on the site where it's believed that St Philip was martyred. The…

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    Hierapolis Archaeology Museum

    Housed in former Roman baths, this excellent museum exhibits spectacular sarcophagi from nearby archaeological site Laodicea and elsewhere; small finds…

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    Temple of Apollo

    The foundations of the Temple of Apollo at Hierapolis remain today. Once the heart of the city, this was where people came to consult the temple's oracle…

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    The necropolis (cemetery) at Hierapolis rambles across the hills and is one of the most fascinating parts of the ancient city ruins. The path through the…

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    Hellenistic Theatre

    Hack across the Hierapolis hillside, in a westerly direction from the Martyrium of St Philip the Apostle, and eventually you'll come to a completely…

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    North Gate

    About 3km from Pamukkale, on the road to Karahayıt, the northern gate into Hierapolis allows you to enter the site via the necropolis and Frontinus St.

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    The vast 2nd-century agora was once surrounded by marble porticoes with Ionic columns on three sides, and enclosed by a basilica on the fourth. It's one…

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    Only a few Doric columns remain from Hierapolis' 1st-century gymnasium, which was one of the social hubs of the ancient city. An earthquake in the 7th…

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    South Gate

    This entrance gate to Hierapolis is about 2.5km up the hill from Pamukkale village.

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    Middle Gate

    The middle gate to Hierapolis is at the bottom of the travertines, on the edge of Pamukkale village.

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    Roman Baths

    This 2nd-century baths complex later became a basilica during the Byzantine era.

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    Kaklık Mağarası

    A sort of underground Pamukkale, this cave gushes with calcium- and sulphur-rich water. The flow, into a large sinkhole, creates a bright white pyramid…

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    Ak Han

    Ak Han (c 1251) is a well-preserved Seljuk caravanserai with a beautifully carved gateway. You'll find it en route to the cave Kaklık Mağarası from…

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    Arch of Domitian

    The twin-towered ruins of the Arch of Domitian are at the northern end of Hierapolis. Just before them is the surprisingly large latrine building, with…

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    This large latrine building at Hierapolis has two floor channels, for sewage and for fresh water.

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    Byzantine Gate

    The first monument you come to if you enter Hierapolis at the south gate is this 5th-century travertine block and marble gate.

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    Byzantine Church

    Hierapolis' scant Byzantine church ruins are a bit of a jumble and difficult to decipher. They're behind the museum.