A church was unearthed three years ago in the Aegean province of Denizli’s
Laodicea ancient city. Dating back to 4th century the time of Constantine the
Roman Emperor. This church is among the earliest churches excavated in Anatolia
today. Belived to be the 7th oldest church ever dicovered in the world.
This newly excavated site will open for visitors next year. The head of
excavations in the ancient city, Professor Celal Şimşek, said eight restorers
and 15 workers had been working nonstop to restore mosaics on the floor of the
church. The church, significant in Christian history, has an unspoiled baptismal
font. Archeologists goal was to open the church in 2013, the 1,700th year of
the Edict of Milan. The main walls of the church have already been restore.
In thhe past nine years of the excavation have revealed 3,050 ancient artifacts in
the city. Among the most important finds are the heads of sculptures of
Augustus, Dionysus, and Aphrodite and a sculpture of Zeus. The ancient city also
has a sculpture of Hera and emperors.
Number of visitors to Laodicea is increasing everyday. The site had received almost no visitors before 2008 but had drawn 110,000 visitors since the beginning of 2011. The numbers are expected to exceed at least 10 million visitors to the ancient city within the next 10 years.
We organize combined private tours of Pamukkale (Hierapolis) and Laodicea.
Please contact us for more information.
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