Laodicea was a major city in the Lycus River valley in Eastern Anatolia. It part of a triad of cities in the same region – all about 10 miles apart from each other: Colossae and Hierapolis. In the days of the first century it was well known for its wealth, prestige, and medical services.
In the Book of Revelation, Jesus writes a letter to the church in this city [Rev. 3:14-22]. It is a difficult rebuke that calls the city away from her opulent self-dependence and towards a lifestyle of trust in Jesus.
The first photo is taken facing North and the white cliffs of Hierapolis can be seen in the distance. The second photo below is of the city center looking south at sunset.