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Goncalı Church (Laodicia Church):Laodicia Antic City, which is six kilometers north of Denizli, is founded on the hills between the current location of Eskihisar and Goncalı Villages. It took its name from Selekoses King, Antiochos' II(250 B. C.) wife, Laodice, who was ruling the region. It was formerly known as Rhoas or Dios.

Two theaters, stadium, basilica, nymphaeum, temple, street with statues are monumental structures constructed during Roman age among the main ruins, which can be seen at the surface today.

The time when Laodicia had reached its highest wealth level coincided to the Roman and early Christianity period, and late Bizantium age. City was also improved as a therapy center at the same time due to the curing characteristics of hot water in city, which was coming from a foundation near Hierapolis.

As it is understood from the Holy Bible and other documents the natives of the city was totally indifferent to the new religion. First missionaries had believed that this behavior stemmed from their wealth, which prevented them to share. Laodicia was an important bishop center where Ecumenical Committee had met during 4th century A. D. In addition to this, its name is mentioned as one of the seven churches in revelation part of the last section of the Holy Bible. It means “Sound of Public” in Latin.

St. Philıppe Marytyrion (Ottogon, Pamukkale):It was constructed in the name of one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ, St. Philippe, and on a high hill at the north of Hierapolis antique city center. St. Philippe had firstly come to Hierapolis in 80 A. D. and wanted to extend the believers of Christianity,however he had been killed at the place where Martyrion had been constructed. It is known that Martyrion was constructed in the memory of St. Philippe during the end of 4th century or at the beginning of 5th century. The grave of the St. Philippe is thought to be within this central chamber.

Hierapolis St. Cathedral:It is in the city center of Hierapolis, between Agora and Theater and north junction point of Column Street.

Church:Excavation of the church, which is approximately 150 m. away from the north of Hierapolis Theater, was performed during previous years. The church is dated to the 5th century with its rectangular plan.

 
   

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