Hierapolis (Pamukkale) Turkey fl. 2nd-3rd cent.
Said to have been founded by Apollo, Hierapolis (modern-day Pamukkale) was the site of sacred hot springs associated with Pluto, god of the underworld. The city also had a significant Jewish community and was mentioned by Paul in his Letter to Colossians.
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- Hierapolis (Pamukkale)Hierapolis and Pamukkale
- 37.923056° N, 29.126111° E
- World Heritage Sites ID 485
- 0258/272 2077
Overviewby Holly Hayes
October 9, 2011
The gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale, located next to the ruins of Hierapolis, are visible from far outside the city. The extraordinary effect is created when water from the hot springs loses carbon dioxide as it flows down the slopes, leaving deposits of limestone. The layers of white calcium carbonate, built up in steps on the plateau, gave the site the name Pamukkale ("Cotton Castle"). The displays are presented attractively and include signs in Turkish and English. The Sacred Pool is warmed by hot springs and littered with underwater fragments of ancient marble columns. continue reading →
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April Snodgrass . “Archaeologists Find a Classic Entrance to Hell.” National Geographic News.
April 14, 2013.
“ Italian archaeologists working at the Greco-Roman site of ancient Hierapolis (modern-day Pamukkale) in Turkey have uncovered that city's gate to the underworld.... By tracing the path of the hot springs through the ancient site, the team from the University of Salento, led by Francesco D'Andria, uncovered the entrance to the cave. An engraved dedication to Pluto above the entrance has confirmed the identification of the gate.”
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