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Denizli

Denizli province is situated in the inner part of the Aegean Region of Turkey, which once was known as the Phrygian region. The city is well known with its textile industry and is a tourist attraction with its numerous beauties and sites in the environs.

Dating back to the Calcholithic age (Copper Age), this was the site of a settlement of the earliest communities. The area has changed hands continuously in the past, becoming the center of various civilizations in Anatolia in different time periods.

The ancient city of Laodicea is located here, with its ruins awaiting for the sightseers in addition to Triopolis which was known as the center of bishops, while Christianity spread during its early years. Laodicea was one of the Seven Churches mentioned in the book of Revelations. The city is still being excavated today and great findings have been discovered so far.

Colossae is another ancient site located near Denizli city. It was also a religious site because St. Paul had visited the city and he wrote his Epistle to the Colossians.

Pamukkale chalk formationsHierapolis is another ancient city, being a historical treasure, while it also offers a real wonder of nature. Named as "Pamukkale" (meaning Cotton Castle in Turkish) this place is astonishingly beautiful and unique in the world with its white travertines offering marvelous scenery.

The wide forests and numerous picnicking and camping areas here contribute to this natural and archaeological richness, while its position as a stopover between the major provinces like Izmir, Ankara and Antalya, increases the tourist attraction of Denizli. The thermal resorts also attract visitors to the province with their spring waters of therapeutic effects; Gemezli, Cezmeli, Tekke and Kizildere are the main spa resorts, besides the thermal centers of Pamukkale and Karahayit. Many thermal hotels are located in this area with local and foreign visitors all year around.

Denizli rooster is an interesting breed which became the symbol of the city today.

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