Tuesday, November 27, 2012

2012 SFC- The Hierapolis of Phrygia

We had only one goal on this day--to visit the Hierapolis of Phrygia and its famous thermal springs.

Outside of the great baths and the remaining ruins of the city is a large necropolis. What is a necropolis?  It's what we nowadays call a cemetery.

It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (We seem to be racking them up, don't we?)

You can see we had a picture-perfect day for strolling down ancient lanes.

We left our big bus for a more eco-friendly transport.

Many of you know that I have an odd fascination with cemeteries.  I enjoy musing on the souls laid to rest there, the families that mourned- their lives, their daily activities- what mattered to them.  I guess I feel it connects me with humanity.

Whose mortal remains were placed here?  Who visited his or her tomb? What was life like?

Through the necropolis and into the town of Hierapolis.  The Domitian Gate bid us welcome.

Imagine the people who have gone through this gate....

...going about their everyday ordinary lives just as we do today?

Wives marketing, men transacting business deals, children playing.

Centuries and centuries of people.

We are merely a drop in the ocean.

So much so very old...and at the same time, we glimpse something new!


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