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Hierapolis martyrium church fifth century AD.jpg

Hierapolis martyrium church fifth century AD.jpg

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Hierapolis is (Enc. Britt.) an “ancient Phrygian city in southwestern Turkey. … It was probably established by Eumenes II of Pergamum in 190 BC. It became a sacred city (hieron), its chief religious festival being the Letoia, named after the goddess Leto, a local variant of the Great Mother of the Gods, who was honoured with orgiastic rites. There was also a worship of Apollo Lairbenos. Hierapolis was rebuilt during the reign of the Roman emperor Tiberius in approximately AD 14–37 and survived until 1334, when it was abandoned after an earthquake. Extensive ruins, excavated since the 19th century, include baths, a gymnasium, an agora, and a Byzantine church.

This must be the Byzantine church.

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gail campbell johnston 06-May-2008 21:29
It was my privilege to live in Izmir Turkey from 1969 to 1974. The Bible has always held great interest for me, and I was amazed that so much of what I read in the Bible took place in Turkey (known as Asia Minor). I was told that St Philip the Evangelist (not the apostle) was martyred in the theater of Hierapolis and that this church commemorated that event.