|Cavea audience seating viewed from Scaenae Frons Behind Raised Pulpitum or Stage at Historic Theatre, Hierapolis, Pamukkale, Denizli Province, Turkey
The Theatre was probably constructed under the reign of Hadrian after the earthquake of 60 AD. The facade is 91m long, the full extent of which remains standing. In the cavea there are 50 rows of seats divided into seven parts by eight intermediate stairways.
Hierapolis or Holy City is located in the BÃ¼yÃ¼k Menderes the classical Meander valley adjacent to the modern Turkish city of Pamukkale. The Phrygians built a temple in the first half of the 7th century BC. Hierapolis was founded as a thermal spa early in the 2nd century BC. In AD 17, during the rule of the emperor Tiberius, a major earthquake destroyed the city. Through Christian apostle Paul, a church was founded here while he was at Ephesus.