Tripolis Ancient City


It is situated about 40 km north of Denizli, east of Buldan and Yenicekent Towns, at the foot of a hill which is between Buyuk Menderes River and Yenicekent Town. Tripolis was one of the frontier centers of commerce and agriculture in the Lydia Region which supplied transportation between Karia, Phrygia, and Tripolis. It was one of the richest cities in the region because of its strategic location. It is believed to have been founded by citizens of Pergamum. The best extant monuments date from the 1st – 3rd centuries A.D. According to Plinius, another name of the city was Apollonia. There are names of the goddess Leto, Letoia Phthia Games and the Menderes River on their coins. The city suffered many earthquakes and wars throughout history. Tripolis is mentioned in the list of participants at the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. This shows Tripolis was an important religious city during that period.

Ruins of Tripolis

Theater: The Greek-style theater ruins are located in the city center. It had a seating capacity of about 10,000.

Bath: It is 200 m. West of the theater outside of the city walls. The outer walls are still partly standing. The inner sections and walls have collapsed, but the ruins can be seen.

Council Building: It’s 150 m south of the bath. Only the ground floor remains.

Castle and City Walls: The city walls and the castle were built in the late Roman and early Byzantine Periods. The watchtowers partly support the city walls on the hill. The walls are connected to the tower which is past the theater, built on the north slope at the top of the hill.

Necropolis: It is located in the north and east sides of the city wall. Rock tombs, sarcophagi, and cemeteries with podiums can be seen here.

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