June 24, 2019

Denizli A city with 7500 years of trade history


Denizli is a city with 7500 years of trade history. In antiquity, an important Greek town called Attouda (Αττούδα). That existed through the ancient Greek and Roman eras. Near the cities (Hierapolis and Laodicea on the Lycus) and flourished through the Byzantine period.

The city conquered by the Turks. The inhabitants of Laodicea also resettled here in the Seljuk period.

 Nestled in the high mountains near the Büyük Menderes (Meander) River is Denizli. A city surrounded by a beautiful verdant valley in an area rich in culture and history. The Luvians the first inhabitants, followed by the Hittites centuries later. Throughout time the fertile plain nourished other civilizations to the Phrygians, Lydians, Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and the Ottomans. So modern Denizli a city of wide streets with parks and hotels.

So the Atatürk Ethnography Museum at the city centre displays folk art and ethnic artefacts. While shopping in the Kaleiçi Çarşısı, look out for souvenirs of copper, jewellery, towels and silk blouses. Çamlıkİncilipınar or Gökpınar Parks for a rest, a picnic, or simply a walk through the forest in the shade of pine trees. Therefore, the fresh-water springs there attract many visitors to thermal baths.


Denizli Places of interest

Pamukkale a fascinating expression by Mother Nature. The only example of its kind in the world and appears in almost every list of places to be seen before you die and visited by almost two million tourists each year. So a place where nature assumed the role of artist and created such majestic beauty. The nearby ancient city of Hierapolis served as a thermal health center and visitors from various parts of Anatolia flocked to the city to receive a balneal treatment in search of health or beauty. In our age, those who seek beauty or health still dip in the thermal pools

Another thermal centre northwest of Pamukkale is Karahayıt, which makes a name for itself with the high iron content of its waters. Honaz Dağı National Park  located 20km to east of Denizli, near the town of Honaz. Mt Honaz one of the most beautiful and highest peaks (2528m) of the Aegean region and covered with gorgeous alpine forest.

The remains of ancient Colossae, a site of early Christian activity, are visible from the northern slope.

There are large shops, bars, and cafes, even some live music, although this
is a city that grew recently and is located deep in the countryside. The
presence of Pamukkale University improves the cultural amenities of the city.

Food and drink

Wines of the Pamukkale winery are mostly made from traditional Turkish
grapes such as Tokat, Narince, and Calkarası, although now they are planting Shiraz in the area too. They also make a well-known cherry wine. The Denizli kebab is roast lamb served on flat bread. Zafer Gazozu is a locally produced fizzy lemonade.