Laodicea is an ancient city that is located 5 km south of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. Also known as Laodicea on the Lycus, the ancient city is situated south of Lycus river (today’s Çürüksu River). According to historians, the city was built between B.C. 261 - 263 by Antiochus II, who gave the city’s name after his wife, Laodice.
Laodicea was one of the most important cities in Anatolia in the first century B.C. Most of the artworks in the city were built in this century. Laodicea is on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List.