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Bayside, New York
October 3, 2001
There are (were) two bath complexes, and a theater with most of its stage standing! As far as records can indicate, this was a center of healing where people came to seek the curative powers of the waters. Hieropolis was destroyed twice by earthquakes, after which it was not rebuilt. We did not see the Plutonium, which is situated behind the Pamukkale Hotel, and was dedicated to the underworld God, Pluto.
From journal Pamukkale - A Natural Wonder
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
October 20, 2000
In the 2nd and 3rd centuries, the city was at the height of its prosperity. The calcium salts in the water were used to
help set dyes and fabrics made in Hierapolis were in great demand. There was also a quarry that exported marble found nearby. Of course, the mineral springs brought many travelers who were either looking for cures to their physical ailments or just wanted to relax in the hot springs.
Major earthquakes destroyed the city in 17 AD and again in 60 AD and the site fell into decay. Regular excavations started here in the 1950s. Most of the ruins are from the Roman times and
much of it looks like rubble but the large limestone and marble theater is in pretty good shape considering it is thousands of years old. In its heyday it could hold up to 20,000 people who came to watch plays or musical contests.
Just outside the city walls, is the necropolis (cemetery) which has a variety of tombs and funeral monuments.
On the day we visited, the site was not busy at all and it was quite nice to explore without crowds of people. The site is easy
to find because it is on the plateau above town, just across from the terraced pools.
From journal Touring Pamukkale
August 1, 2000
From journal Have you ever seen a hill of cotton?