The Greco-Roman ruins of Hierapolis the Holy or Sacred City are unique in that they are conjoined with the Pamukkale travertines an unusual side effect being the amount of bikini clad bodies of all shapes and sizes that roam the site. I am not a avid visitor of ruins and haven’t encountered this phenomena previously. While bikinis are to be expected on the travertines I somehow never imagined them making the transition to the ruined Holy Spa city. Hierapolis is an excellent Roman Site to explore and below you will find some Hieraolis Photos that show just how interesting a site it is.[pinit]
The King a modern day Heirapolis. While his blood line might not have been Royal his attitude certainly was. I love the way that Turkish dogs always look supremely confident whatever their circumstances.
The following three photos are of the amazing Roman Theatre, which surely equals or surpasses that of Ephesus. Restored in 1972 the theatre holds 12,000/15,000 people depending on sources. As soon as we left the top of the travertines we could see the Theatre in the distance and were immediately drawn toward it.
The Colonnaded Street of Ancient Hierapolis.
The Frontinus Gates or Arch of Domitian built in the year 82. These “boys” were determined to have their photo taken and insisted on us joining them. They took turns in taking the photo so they could all be in it!
I leave you with a glimpse of one of the many wonders that await within the Hierapolis Museums.
For the Budget
Hierapolis/Travertine combined entrance fee – 35tl.
Entrance to the small Museum packed with excellent artifacts – 5tl. Well worth the fee.
In warm weather I suggest using the entrance closest to Pamukkale at the base of the Travertines.
In cold weather (to avoid cold wet feet on the travertines) a bus/car to the top entrance might be preferable. A small car parking fee (1tl) applies.
Food and Drink is available on site but we chose to eat in Pamukkale afterward.
As far as I know there were No Pass Outs.
This post is linked to Nancie’s Travel Photo Thursday over at Budget Travelers Sandbox.