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Chris has recently presented here some ancient ruins located in the present day Turkey. It inspired me to have a look into my archives.

This photo presents one of the gates to ancient Hierapolis. The gate is known under several different names. Due to the fact that it has an epigraph dedicated to Emperor Domitian both in Latin and Greek, it is sometimes called Domitian Gate or simply Roman Gate. The gate is also known as Frontius Gate because it was built by the Asia governor Julius Sextus Frontius in year 83.

Hierapolis (Ancient Greek: Ἱεράπολις, lit. "Holy City") was an ancient city located on hot springs in classical Phrygia in southwestern Anatolia. Its ruins are adjacent to modern Pamukkale in Turkey and currently comprise an archaeological museum designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The hot springs have been used as a spa since the 2nd century BC, with many patrons retiring or dying there. The large necropolis is filled with sarcophagi, most famously that of Marcus Aurelius Ammianos, which bears a relief depicting the earliest known example of a crank and rod mechanism.
The great baths were constructed with huge stone blocks without the use of cement and consisted of various closed or open sections linked together. There are deep niches in the inner section, including the bath, library, and gymnasium.

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