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Tripolis ad Maeandrum: The Hierapolis Street.

November 15, 2016

One of the main streets of the ancient Phrygian city of Tripolis ad Maeandrum is the so-called "Hierapolis Street" as this city (Hierapolis) was the next important landmark to which we would arrive walking along this causeway. A few years ago it was excavated with great success. This is what you can see in it:

 

1.- The ruins of the nymphaeum.

 

Its beginning, still outside the city wall as well as coinciding with a crossroads, was marked by a nymphaeum (monumental fountain) from which three columns have been preserved belonging to the proper font and also a few white marble plates of those that delimited the basin in whose interior drained the previous font (photo 1).

 

2.- Gate of the late Roman wall where the "Hierapolis Street" penetrates the interior of the city.

 

Subsequently the Hierapolis street penetrates the interior of Tripolis through a door on the late Roman wall (photo 2). The deep grooves excavated in the entrance slabs by the passage of countless pedestrians and carts throughout the decades are remarkable.

 

3.- Tiled pavement of the "Hierapolis Street" located inside the walls.

 

Once inside the walls the street looks like a wide road paved with large slabs of limestone. It was built in the early days of the Roman domination of the city, being its state of conservation frankly good (photo 3).