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Archaeological site of Laodikeia


Ancient City of Laodicea


Date of submission to the Tentative List: 21/06/2013


Ref. Nr: 5823


Category: Cultural




The ancient city of Laodicea, located 6 km north of Denizli, was founded by Antiochus II sometime around 261 – 263 BC.  Situated near to the Lykos River, the most valuable artifacts and legacies of Laodicea stem from the 1st century BC when it was among the most renowned cities of Anatolia. Taken into consideration that the Roman Empire attached great importance to the city and that one of the famous seven churches of Minor Asia was located there, it is evident that the site was of great value to Christianity.  The ancient city was destroyed by an earthquake that occurred in the 6th century. Yet, the ruins and artifacts unearthed are now under protection.




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