Hierapolis was a
health spa, and as at most health spas,
even today, the visitors coming to
take the waters wanted entertainment when they weren't soaking wet.
great Roman theater, capable of seating
more than 12,000 spectators, provided
the perfect venue.
the hill about a 10-minute walk
from the Sacred
Pool, the theater
is situated just right to take full
advantage of the city's superb hillside
location and spectacular
is in pretty good condition.
Italian artisans were engaged
in 1972 to restore some of the fancy
marble decorative stone, and the
stage and seating were
renovated. The stage wall scaena) is
—by Tom Brosnahan