Colossae of Turkey

 

The road leaving on the way to Honaz as of Organized Industrial Region that is at sixteenth km of Denizli to Ankara road experiences Colossae city. The outdated town is developed within north Honaz heap, resting coast of  Aksu Brook. That is the most critical concentration inside Big Phrygia. According to Ksenophon, that be one of the six significant urban Phrygia regions. It has encountered its awesome occasions under the Persian force.

 

Beginning from the second century BC, it has missing its importance with the establishment of Herapolis and Laodikeia. At the beginning of the principal century AD, the downy and weaving industry has made in Laodikeia. It has been pummeled with the seismic tremor that happened in the primary century AD in the Nero Period. In the Late Roman time span, Hierapolis and Laodikeia become towns in light of migration. It was completely surrendered in 692 - 787 AD, in perspective on the city Chonae was set up at the territory where the present Honaz District center is found. We gain from the out of date sources that St. Michael church existed in Chonae city. In any case, there are no remaining parts today. There is a post ruin having a spot with the Ottoman Period on the slant.

 

The leftovers of Colossae's outdated city are knowledgeable about the grounds at the most elevated purpose of the ruin place that used to be an acropolis and its condition. There are room and house type graves cut in the stone in the territory in the south of the ruined place. According to the Greek Historian, Xenophon, of the fourth century BC, Colossae not a lot of remains from the old city is insinuating one of the six significant urban territories of Phrygia. He moreover signified the territory as the point of convergence of a gigantic and prosperous material and wool industry, even the diminish red downy took the exceptional name colosseum, that pulled in wealth mix of Jews, Phrygians, and Greek vendors. It's recorded on an early Christian book credited to St. Paul the Apostle that he created his Epistle to the Colossians, in any case, a couple of benefits deny that visit since he taught Philemon concerning his might wants to visit it in the wake of being freed from prison. Likewise, the gathering in Colossae is said to be worked by one of the sacred individual supporters.

 

 

The Roman Constructions in Turkey

 

The ancient Archeological, Colossae, was an ancient Roman territory of Phrygia in Asia Minor, on the southern edge of the Lycus Valley near the larger and more significant sites such as Laodicea, 120 miles east of Ephesus in the Lycus River Valley, to the north of old Kadmos/Cadmus (Honaz) mountain, is located 15 miles east of Denizli province in Turkey, 2 kilometers north of Honaz district, on the historic commercial and military routes connecting southwest of Anatolia to the east.

 

 

According to the Greek Historian, Xenophon, of the 4th century BC, Colossae very few remains from the ancient city is referring to one of the six big cities of Phrygia. He also marked the province as the center of a large and prosperous textile and wool industry, even the dark red wool took the special name colosseum, that attracted wealth mix of Jews, Phrygians, and Greek traders. Its documented on an early Christian text attributed to St. Paul the Apostle that he wrote his Epistle to the Colossians, however, some resources deny that visit since he told Philemon about his hope to visit it upon being freed from prison. Additionally, the church in Colossae is said to be built by one of the saint followers.

 

 

Colossae of Turkey

 

Colossae, Outlines Roman and Ottoman Glory 

 

The ruins of Colossae archaic city gave a representation of an acropolis or house depicted graves cut in the rock, including a defensive wall and a pit lined with stones to the west. A theater was discovered on the eastern side and a necropolis to the north of the Lycus River, a branch of the Meander. Ruins of Fort also discovered and back to the Ottoman era. During the late Roman period, Colossae was minimized into a small village as a result of the high level of immigration to Hierapolis and Laodicea cities.


The remains of Colossae bygone city gave a portrayal of an acropolis or house delineated graves cut in the stone, including a protective divider and a pit fixed with stones toward the west. A venue was found on the eastern side and a necropolis toward the north of the Lycus River, a part of the Meander. Remnants of Fort likewise found and back to the Ottoman time. During the late Roman time frame, Colossae was limited into a little town because of the significant level of movement to Hierapolis and Laodicea urban communities.
 

Colossae of Turkey

 

The Controversial Church of St. Paul

 

Eventually, it was deserted and the inhabitants moved to a site called Chonae near today's center of Honaz District. Declining in the importance of the City during the time of St. Paul's Epistle, they had already been surpassed in size by the other Lycus Valley cities. Additionally, Strabo the historian described Colossae with smaller villages, not with major cities.

 

In the long run, it was left and the occupants moved to a site called Chonae close to the present focal point of Honaz District. Declining in the significance of the City during the hour of St. Paul's Epistle, they had just been outperformed in size by the different Lycus Valley urban communities. Furthermore, Strabo the student of history depicted Colossae with littler towns, not with significant urban areas. The city has left a result of Chonae be built upon the area where the present District Honaz focus is found. gain as of antiquated sources to St. Michael church exist in Chonae city. The scriptural essentialness lies in the way that the book of Colossians was routed to the congregation here and that Philemon lived in this city. St. Paul the missionaries kept in touch with us two predictions about the Colossae, in particular, Colossians and Philemon.

 

In any case, it demonstrated that he never visited the city, rather his understudies Epaphras during the detainment brought the gospel message to the three urban areas of the Lycus Valley, that is to Colossae, to Laodicea, and to Hierapolis. That never expels his desire to visit it. Another wellspring of Paul's data about Colossae, without doubt, originated from the slave, Onesimus, to whom he turned out to be profoundly joined. Onesimus' proprietor was Philemon of Colossae, the one to whom the astounding Letter to Philemon was tended to. Paul had clearly changed over Onesimus to the Christian confidence, adored him as a child, and saw in him the plausibility of an innovator in the congregation. The letter begs Philemon to free Onesimus and return him to Paul. So far there is no evidence this occurred, yet it is astounding on the off chance that it is just unintentional that Ignatius, the Bishop of Antioch toward the finish of the principal century, discusses a Onesimus who was Bishop of Ephesus about the time that the gathering of Paul's letters was distributed and that this "individual" letter was incorporated.


The city was left because of the city Chonae was established at the location where today's Honaz District center is located. We learn from the ancient sources that St. Michael church existed in Chonae city. The biblical significance lies in the fact that the book of Colossians was addressed to the church here (Col 1:2) and that Philemon lived in this city. St. Paul the apostles wrote us two prophecies about the Colossae, namely Colossians and Philemon. However, its proven that he never visited the city, rather his student's Epaphras during the imprisonment brought the gospel message to the three cities of the Lycus Valley, that is to Colossae, to Laodicea, and to Hierapolis. That never removes his wish to visit it.

 

Moreover, the site of Honaz excavations uncovered the Murat Mosque, which dates back to the reign of Ottoman Sultan Murat II (imperabat 1404-1451). 

 

Laodicea site is just 8 miles far from Pamukkale, it takes 16 minutes to reach it by car.  The Site is opened for visits daily from 6:30 AM to 21:00 PM, however, we recommend you double-check before the visit. The Entrance fees are $9.20.

 

 

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