Laodicea (Laodikya, Laodikeia), 6 km (4 miles) north of Denizli and 1 km (6/10 mile) east of the road to Pamukkale (map) near the village of Goncalı, is an extremely old city that is being “born again” through archeological restoration.
You can visit Laodicea from Denizli in 3 hours or less, whether or not you have a car.
Excavations here have revealed artifacts dating from 3500 BC (Late Chalcolithic) to 3000 BC (Early Bronze Age). The city’s name comes from the Seleucid king Antiochus ii, who named it for his wife Laodike in the 3rd century BC when it wa thriving. Later controlled by the kings of Pergamum, it was willed to the Roman Empire, and thrived again from the 4th to 6th centuries. Its importance then numbered it among the Seven Churches of Revelation.
Archeological and restoration work is still very much under way at Laodicea, and will be for years—perhaps decades—to come. But there’s enough to see right now to repay a visit.
You can get there easily from Denizli or Pamukkale by taking a Denizli-Pamukkale minibus dolmuş. They depart about every 20 minutes from Peron (Gate) 76 on the lower level of Denizli’s Otogar.
Say “Laodikya” to the driver and he will stop at Ören Caddesi.
Walk west along this road for 1 km (6/10 mile, 10 to 15 minutes) to the entrance to the archaeological site, buy your ticket (TL10), then walk another 10 minutes uphill and into the site.
Tons more info on this website: laodikeia.pau.edu.tr
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