Denizli Pamukkale Hierapolis Archeology Museum
Hierapolis Archeology Museum
One of the largest buildings of Hierapolis Ancient Town was the Roman Bath. Since 1984 this building has been used as the Hierapolis Archeology Museum. Alongside works of art from the excavations at Hierapolis are finds from Laodicea, Colossae, Tripolis, Attuda and other towns of the Lycus (Curuksu ) Valley.
In addition, the museum has a large section devoted to artifacts found at Beycesultan Hoyuk that includes some of the most beautiful examples of Bronze Age crafts.
Material which has come the surface in the Caria, Pisidia and Lydia regions are also on display in the museum. The museum's exhibition space consists of the three closed areas of the Hierapolis Bath and the open areas on the eastern side which are known to have been the library and the gymnasium. Many of the large exhibits and all the small exhibits are shown in rooms A, B and C that were the three closed sections of the bath. Marble and other stone artifacts are exhibited in the garden.
One of the most valuable works of art in this room is the sarcophagus belonging to a certain Arhon of the 'Sidemera' type. With its inscription to Maximilion, it is the finest work to emerge from the ancient towns of Lahdi and Laodicea.
These finds are quite possibly the most beautiful examples from an ancient civilization. These works, which were found by the excavation conducted by the British Institute of Archeology, include idols, baked earth bowls, libation cups, seals and other stone artifacts. In other parts of the room are displayed objects from the Phrygian, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods such as glass cups, necklaces, gemstones (in the form of rings, bracelets, earrings and so on) and earthenware lamps.
This room also contains an important sequence of ancient coins arranged in chronological order. The earliest of these coins were minted in the sixth century AD and the display proceeds through the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman periods with coins of gold, silver and bronze.
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