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Goncali Church (Laodicia Church)


The antic city of Laodicia which is six kilometers north of Denizli, is founded on the hills between the current location of Eskihisar and Goncali Villages. It took its name from Selekoses King, Antiochos' II (250 B. C.) wife, Laodice, who was ruling the region during that period. Formerly, it was known as Rhoas or Dios. Among the main ruins, which can be seen at the surface today, are there two theaters, stadium, basilica, nymphaeum, temple, columnar street are its monumental structures constructed during the Roman age. As it is understood from the Holy Bible and other documents, the natives of the city adopted a very indifferent manner to the new religion. The first missionaries had believed that this manner stemmed from their wealth and this wealth prevented them to share. Laodicia was an important bishop center where Ecumenical Committee had met during the IVth century A. D. In addition to this, its name is mentioned as one of the seven churches cited in Revelation part of the last Chapter of the Holy Bible.


St. Philippe Marytyrion (Ottogon, Pamukkale)


It was built in the name of St. Philippe, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ, and constructed on a high hill at the north of the antique city center of Hierapolis. St. Philippe firstly came to Hierapolis in 80 A. D. and wanted to spread Christianity; however, he was killed at the place where Martyrion had been constructed. It is known that Martyrion was constructed in the memory of Saint Philippe at the end of the IVth century or at the beginning of the Vth century.


Hierapolis St. Cathedral (Pamukkale)


It is at the city center of Hierapolis, between Agora and Theater and at the north junctioning point of the Columnar street.


Church (Pamukkale)


The excavation of the church, which is approximately 150 m. northeast of Hierapolis Theater, was performed during the previous years. The church which is dated back to the Vth century has a rectangular plan.