REPUBLIC OF TURKEY MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

Tripolis

It is 40 km to the north of Denizli City centre. It is established in the east of Yenicekent Town of Buldan District, on the slopes between the Büyük Menderes River and the town. It is connected to both theAegean shores and to Inner Anatolia and the Mediterranean with Büyük Menderes plain opening towards thewest.

The city is 30 km to its peer Laodikeia, which is established on Çürüksu Valley in the south of it and 20 km to Hierapolis.
Tripolis are one of the border, trade and agriculture centres providing transportation to Karya and Phrygia regions in Lidia region. Its establishment type and city understanding makes it one of the richest cities of the region. Tripoli is estimated to be established in the Lidian Period. There is no historical information relating to the Lidian, Persian and Hellenistic Periods, yet. No ruins from these periods were encountered, either. The ruins of the city have theRoman and Byzantine Period character in terms of style. Best samples of the monumental buildings are constructed in the1st, 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. In accordance with Pliny, another name of the city is Apolloia. The names of goddess Leto, the Letoia Phthia games and the Menderes River exist on the coins. Tripolis and its surroundings has been the scene for many earthquakes and wars in the history. The name of Tripolis, being called in the list of Lidian Bishops list show that it was a city in bishopric level.

The Buildings of Tripolis

A Theatre
It is in the city centre. It is constructed as a Greek theatre in the Roman style in compliance with the land. All of its parts are destroyed. It had a capacity of approximately 10.000 persons.
A Bath
It is approximately 200 m west of the theatre. It is outside the city walls. Its external walls are partially strong. The vaulted and arched internal parts are destroyed. Its parts can be determined. There are great niches in the thick walls.

A City Building

it is approximately 150 m to the south of the bath. Only the base of it exists.

A Fort and City Walls

Tripolis has been surrounded with city walls and fort in theLate Roman and Byzantine Periods. The walls of the city, which is established on a sloped land, are supported with towers, watch towers and thick walls. The wall continuing next to the theatre combines with the tower at the highest hill in the north of the city. The tower is aimed for both defence and watching the approaching enemy danger.

A Necropolis

It is on the eastern and southern slopes of the hill. Here, there are rock graves, podium - graves and sarcophagi.