September 24, 2016
Just a short bus ride from Denizli is the ancient city of Laodicea. Established between 263 and 261 BC, the city was built on the river Lycus. It was located in the Hellenistic regions of Caria and Lydia, which later became the Roman Province of Phrygia Pacatiana.
Laodicea contained one of the seven churches of Asia mentioned in the Book of Revelation.
Towards the end of the Roman Republic and under the first emperors, Laodicea became one of the most important and flourishing commercial cities of Asia Minor, it served as a major financial center and had a large trade in black wool.
The area often suffered from earthquakes, and Laodicea was completely destroyed in a major quake during the reign of Nero (60 AD), as was its sister city up the hill Hierapolis.
Unlike Hierapolis, Laodicea rebuilt on her own funds after the great quake and became a Roman Free City. The city was eventually destroyed during the invasions of the Turks and Mongols.
The ruins are well preserved and as of 2012 are being substantially renovated. The site also continues to be an active dig.