We were delighted when we heard about the little-known Laodicea, Turkey.
We’ve long been fascinated by anything old, old furniture, old houses, old carpets (especially Turkish ones). And exploring ancient ruins is one of our favourite things to do.
What we love about ruins, is how the ancient energy of the stones connects us to the past. And as we’re wandering around, we imagine what life must have been like back then and the impact it has on our lives today.
So once we heard about it, a visit to Laodicea was always going to happen.
What Is Laodicea, Turkey?
Laodicea is a five and a half thousand-year-old Roman city that had a large population of Christians and Jews. It was home to one of the Seven Churches of Revelation which is also known as the Seven Churches of the Apocolypse.
According to the Book of Revelation, these were the seven major churches of early Christianity.
Most of it still lies in ruin. But restoration is currently underway, and there are hopes to make Laodicea another Ephesus.
However, I don’t think that’s happening anytime soon.
How To Get To Laodicea
Laodicea is set on a plateau just a few kilometres south of Pamukkale. Surrounded by hills it’s easy to see Pamukkale’s white travertines on the grass slopes.
To visit Laodicea jump on the Pamukkale-Denizli dolmus. Be sure to tell the driver where you want to go so he knows where to drop you.
But stay alert.
Our driver forgot to stop to let us off and we didn’t realise until we were on the outskirts of Denizli. It wasn’t a big deal though as we were able to catch another dolmus straight away.
The buses drop you off on the highway close to the corner of Oren Caddesi. Walk up this road – there’s a bit of a hill – for about one kilometre until you reach the entrance on the left.