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This was the start of our visit to Hierapolis, this ancient city built behind Pamukkale, because of the benefits from the mineral hot springs.
You'll find all the details about Hierapolis in my previous post, pic 211, and about Pamukkale in my post 210.
I quite liked the view through the colonnade over the hills.

As it says in the title, these columns are all that remains from the Gymnasium (Greek word), or Palestra (Roman word). It dates back to the early Roman Imperial period, when the city knew a golden age.
The marble fluted columns are of Doric order, but it's anybody's guess what the place looked like at the time.

To give you an idea of what a gymnasium looked like, I am posting in WS2 a picture of the Pompeï Palestra.

In WS1, I have added a close-up of the yellow autumn crocuses.

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