Denizli, Turkey is located in Aegean region. Literally translated, Denizli means ‘From the Sea’ and is often referred to as the gateway city to the Aegean and the Mediterranean regions. With a population of over 500,000, Denizli is best known for the production of luxurious bath towels. In addition to textiles, Denizli is well-known for the Denzli Rooster. The Denizli Rooster has been cultivated in the region since ancient times and is known for its hardiness and unique crow.
Denizli was also an important location for the Ancient Greeks and Romans. The ancient cities of Hierapolis and Laodicea on the Lycus are nearby. Laodicea on Lycum located 6 kilometers (4 miles) north of Denizli was established by Seleucid King, Antiochus II in honor of his wife, Laodice. The ruins of the ancient city continue to be excavated. Laodiceia, which was one of the Seven Churches mentioned in the book of Revelations, was famous for fine wool and cotton textiles.
The nearby Greek city of Hierapolis was founded by the Pergamon King Eumenes II in 190 B.C. Its close proximity to Laodicea led to a commercial and military rivalry between the two cities. One of the largest buildings of in the ancient city of Hierapolis was the Roman Bath. The structure is now home to Hierapolis Archaeology Museum. Today, Hierapolis is called Pamukkale. Directly translated Pamukkale means Cotton Castle. In addition to its rich history, Pamukkale known for its natural white travertine thermal baths.
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