LAODICEA (next to Denizli)

Located near Colosse Laodicea was once a wealthy city which declined the emperors’ financal help after two catastrophic eartquakes (first century AD). They rebuilt the city on their own. This church was described as “lukewarm, naked, blind and in abject poverty.” It was a cultic center of Hieropolis, both cities are mentioned in Paul’s letter