1. Sacred Destinations
  2. Turkey
  3. Laodicea

Laodicea

Photo © HolyLandPhotos. View all images in our Laodicea Photo Gallery.

Laodicea is an ancient city in present-day western Turkey, founded by Seleucid King Antiochus II in honor of his wife, Laodice.

Laodicea became a prosperous Roman market town on the trade route from the East, famous for its woolen and cotton cloths.

The city was an early center of Christianity and one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. In the 4th century, Apollinaris of Laodicea proposed the theory later called Apollinarianism, which was considered heretical by the Catholic Church.

A large earthquake destroyed Laodicea and it has never been rebuilt.

Remnants of the ancient city include a stadium, sarcophagi, an amphitheatre, an odeon, a cistern and an aqueduct. Most of the city remains to be excavated.

Most visitors use nearby Denizli (population 200,000) as a base for exploring Laodicea.

Quick Facts on Laodicea

Site Information
Names:Laodicea
Country:Turkey
Categories:Ancient Cities; Biblical Sites
Faiths:Ancient Roman; Christianity
Status:ruins
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Turkey
Coordinates:37.835700° N, 29.108298° E  (view on Google Maps)
Lodging:View hotels near this location
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

Map of Laodicea

Below is a location map and aerial view of Laodicea. Using the buttons on the left (or the wheel on your mouse), you can zoom in for a closer look, or zoom out to get your bearings. To move around, click and drag the map with your mouse.

More Information

Article Info

Title:Laodicea
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:10/25/2009
Permalink:www.sacred-destinations.com/usa/laodicea
Link code:<a href="http://www.sacred-destinations.com/usa/laodicea">Laodicea</a>