HIERAPOLIS, TURKEY - SEPTEMBER 2008
Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was an ancient city on top of the Pamukkale hot springs, located in the south western part of the Turkish Anatolian Peninsula, near Denizli.
"SUNRISE - Sometimes one needs to wake up early, and that means a chance to catch a great sunrise picture!"
"TAURUS - Early morning the Taurus Mountains seem to be on fire"
"KORKUTELI - A bus trip from Antalya's Palmiye to Hierapolis/Pammukale takes some four hours to cover the 260km, with a technical stop. On the way we crossed Korkuteli, a place where it seems that Antalya's middle-classes are building holiday homes to escape the summer heat on the coast. Not easy to find the beauty of such place..."
"ARID MOUNTAINS - Some noticed that my previous posts were either too green or too blue, compared to the arid zones they've seen in Turkey. This post will show that we've also seen the arid side of the country!"
"DENIZLI, a city of some 300,000 people, has a name that means «with the sea». However, that is exactly what you won't see here. Sometimes, however, there is some green around..."
"HIERAPOLIS was founded as a thermal spa early in the second century BC and given by the Romans to Eumenes II, King of Pergamon in 190 BC"
"RUINS - Hierapolis' main street, about 1500 m long, 13.5 m wide and bordered on both sides by an arcade, ran from north to south"
"BURNING - We visited Hierapolis around 1.30p.m. The temperature should be just below forty degrees centigrade, and the tourists were definitely burning in the sun..."
"DOMITIAN GATE - Close to the northern city gate, we may see a triumphal arch, flanked by circular towers, with three arches; the gate built by proconsul Frontinius"
"THEATRE - After an earthquake and during the reign of Emperor Vespasianus a new theatre was built, using the remains and the seats of an old one. The auditorium could seat 15,000 and is divided in two by a horizontal corridor. The lower part originally had twenty rows, and the upper part twenty five rows, but only thirty rows altogether have survived. The auditorium is segmented into nine aisles"
"STAGE - The proscenium consisted of two stories with ornately decorated niches off to the sides"
"ANTIQUE POOL - Hierapolis was known as a health centre, in particular during Roman times"
"WAY BACK, with cows"
"MORE ARID MOUNTAINS"
"MOON - Started with sunrise, finished with the moon rising in the horizon"
Babli was so kind to pass me this lovely award. Thanks Babli!!