ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
The ancient theater of Hierapolis is unique with its collection of mythological reliefs and its stage structure. It will be converted into an area for art events.
Excavations are continuing in the western province of Denizli’s ancient city of Hierapolis in an effort to restore the 1,800-year-old ancient theater of Hierapolis.
The Culture and Tourism Ministry has allocated 1.75 million Turkish Liras for the restoration of the theater.
According to a written statement from the ministry, the ancient theater, which is unique with its collection of mythological reliefs and its stage structure, will be converted into an area thriving with cultural and art events, along with an expected seating capacity of 12,000 after the restoration is completed.
Hierapolis, which is located in the central district of Denizli and takes its name from the goddess of the Amazons, Hiera, is one of the most visited destinations in Anatolia thanks to its pagan sites, a historic bath, walls, water channels and churches. Works in the ancient city have been continuing for many years under the management of Professor Francesco D’Andria from Italy’s Salento University.