Pamukkale Ephesus Tour

About this tour

Explore the Hierapolis ancient city through its highlights: Domitian Gate, Frontinus Street, the Agora, the North Byzantine Gate, the Gymnasium, the Fountain with Triton, Apollon Temple, the Martyrium of St Philip, Plutonium, and the Roman Baths.

Hierapolis Ancient City
Its name literally translating as “Holy City”, Hierapolis’s ruins are located in the modern Pamukkale. The large necropolis is filled with sarcophagi, including one of Marcus Aurelius Ammianos.

Domitian Gate
A triumphal arch, the Domitian Gate was flanked by towers that consist of tree arches. The Domitian Gate was built by Julius Frontius, who was the Proconsul of Asia, circa 82-82 AD.

Frontinus Street
The main north to south street of the ancient city of Hierapolis is known as Frontinus Street, it used to be lined all the way through with various columns and shops. The street led up to the Domitian Gate.

The Agora
Known as one of the biggest agoras, while the agora toward the north of the Frontinus Gate and the North Byzantine Gate was a bit out of the city, with the earthquake that happened in the year 60, it started being used as a commercial agora.

The North Byzantine Gate
Built in the late 4th century, the north gate was part of a fortification system ib Hierapolis. It was built with reused material from the Agora’s demolition. There were four marble brackets found collapsed in front of the gate with lion, panther and Gorgon figures.

The Gymnasium
The gymnasium served as a training place for the competitors of games in Ancient Greece. Also used as a socializing place, people used it to engage in conversations on intellectual pursuits. 

The Triton Fountain
The Triton fountain building is one of the great monumental structures in Hierapolis. Thought to date back to the first half of the 3rd century, the structure consists of a 70 meter long pool.

Temple of Apollo
There was a temple raised for Apollo, who was the deity of the city during the Hellenistic period. The temple had a marble staircase and it was surrounded by a wall.

The Martyrium of St Philip and Bridge
The Martyrium of St Philip stands on top of a hill and dates back to the 5th century. The Martyrium burned down at the end of the 5th and the beginning of the 6th century, and Philip is said to have been martyred by being crucified upside-down in Hieropolis.

Also called Pluto’s Gate or plutonion, plutonium is where a shrine for the Greek god Pluto is. A small cave for one person to enter and they would suffocate by carbon dioxide gas which was caused by subterranean activity. 

The Roman Bath
The Roman Bath was one of the largest buildings of the city and it’s being used as a site of the Hierapolis Archaeology Museum. Alongside the historical artifacts from the Hierapolis, there are other artifacts present in the museum.

Hierapolis Ancient City is waiting to be discovered! This tour takes you to the most prominent highlights of the ancient city. You will feel like you have been transported to Ancient Greece here!