Hierapolis Archaeological Site


Location: 19 km (12 mi) North of Denizli   Map

Tel. (0258) 272 20 77

Open: 8am- 5pm daily

8am- 7pm daily (summer)


Description of Hierapolis Archaeological Site

Hierapolis Archaeological Site is an ancient city that was part of the Phrygian Pentapolis. It was one of the most important cities during Antiquity and later Byzantine Period. Originally first settlement on a site of Hierapolis dates back to 2000 BC. During Hellenistic period in the 4th century BC small town grew into a significant urban center. Hierapolis got its name Hieropolis or "sacred city" from king Eumenes II of Pergam who undertook large rebuilding project of the city that originally dates as early as 2000 BC. After earthquake of 17 AD Hierapolis becomes a famous destination for Roman rich and famous. Hierapolis is also known as a resting place for apostle Phillip who was executed here. During Byzantium period the city becomes a center of Bisphoric. With a decline of the empire it becomes a frontier city that changes hands repeatedly. Hierapolis was finally captured by the Turks in 1210 and in 1534 it is finally abandoned after a devastating earthquake. It wasn’t resettled since. Currently several archaeological digs are in progress on a site.