Denizli Pamukkale Herakleia Salbace
The ancient city is within Medet Village's border, which
is 10 km northwest of Tavas Town. The city center was situated
mostly on the north where the city walls were. Herakleia
Salbace was located on the Phrygia-Caria Border on Mt. Babadag's
southern foothills which overlook the Tavas Plain. It's
known as Karia City. Aphrodisias and Caria Cities are next
to each other and the natural border is the Tmelos (Kirpinar)
Creek. The river god was Tmelos in both cities. Herakleia
is the modern city of its period and its neighbors were
Aphrodisias on the west, Apollonia and Tabae on the south,
Sebastopolis and Kidramos on the southeast. Important ruins
include Roman Period city walls and a stadium.
It's between the city walls and Vakif Village. It extends east to west and there are steps at the end of the stadium. The steps on west side are completely destroyed.
The rectangular Hieron is located on the top of Mt. Babadag, 4 km east of the ancient city and 1 km northeast of Tavas-Kizilcaboluk Town' s Oren Sirti and Kocapinar Area. It is covered with embossed tablets. There are mythological stages about Artemis, Apollon, Pan, Dionysos, and Herakles. It dates from the 1st century AD (Roman Period). There are symbols of zodiac constellations on triangular tablets. Aphrodisias Masters built the temple. The owner of the temple was an important administrator of Herakleia Salbace City and he tried to portray himself as close to the gods. Hieron is also on a mound. Hand tools that were found here are exhibited in the Archeological Museum in Pamukkale.
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