Attractions

Top Choice Ruins in Pamukkale

Hierapolis

Hierapolis' location atop Pamukkale's tourist-magnet travertines is quite spectacular, and the ruins of this ancient spa city are beautifully maintained. Founded as a curative centre around 190 BC by Eumenes II of P…
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Travertines

The World Heritage–listed saucer-shaped travertines (or terraces) of Pamukkale wind sideways down the powder-white mountain above the village, providing a stunning contrast to the clear blue sky and green plains bel…
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Afrodisias

Added to Unesco's World Heritage List in 2017, this remote site in the Anatolian hinterland trumps many of Turkey's ancient sites for its sheer scale and magical surrounds (Roman poplars, green fields and warbling b…
Historic Site in Pamukkale

Roman Theatre

The spectacular Roman theatre at Hierapolis, capable of seating more than 12,000 spectators, was built in two stages by the emperors Hadrian and Septimius Severus. Much of the stage survives, along with some of the …
Historic Site in Pamukkale

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 arches of the eight individual chapels here, marked with crosses…
Ruins in Pamukkale & Around

Laodicea (Laodikya) Ruins

Lying 8km from Pamukkale, Laodicea was once a prosperous commercial city straddling two major trade routes, famed for its black wool, banking and medicines. Cicero lived here for a time, and large Jewish and Orthodo…
Museum in Pamukkale

Hierapolis Archaeology Museum

Housed in former Roman baths, this excellent museum exhibits spectacular sarcophagi from nearby archaeological site Laodicea and elsewhere; small finds include jewellery, oil lamps and stamp seals from Hierapolis an…
Ruins in Pamukkale

Temple of Apollo

The foundations of Hierapolis's Temple of Apollo remain today. Eunuch priests once tended the temple's oracle, its alleged power derived from an adjoining spring, the Plutonium (named after the underworld god Pluto)…
Ruins in Pamukkale

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 ruined Hellenistic theatre along unmarked goat tracks. Looking dow…
Ruins in Pamukkale

Agora

A rough path giving fantastic views of the Hieropolis site and the plains beyond leads west across the hillside to a completely ruined Hellenistic theatre sitting above the 2nd-century agora. One of the largest ever…