Sebastapolis Ancient City

Sebastapolis Ancient City

Located in the town center of Sulusaray, Sebastapolis is a city that reportedly began during the Early Bronze Age . While no date of establishment has been confirmed, some sources say it was founded in the 1st century AD.

When the Roman Emperor Trajan (98-1117 AD) ruled, Pontus Galatico was separated from the Polemoniacus Provinces and included in Cappadocia as a state. The inscription on this subject was erected by notable citizens and people of Sebastapolis--which is Latin for 'the city of great lofty'--on behalf of Arrian, Governor of Cappadocia.

Sebastapolis Ancient City

It has been historically referred to as Heracleopolis in multiple sources. It means city of Hercules, and it is called the same name as Sebastapolis. This may be due to the fact that this town was very important during Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods for architecture.

The ancient city of Sebastopolis is surrounded by an impressive stone wall, which was built without mortar. A circular marble temple was discovered northeast, and the bathing rooms are located at the eastern end of the city; hot water supplies were found in a valley to the southwest. Excavations have uncovered many statues and statuettes, friezes, columns, grave steles and epitaphs during recovery efforts.

The ancient city of Sebastopolis is surrounded by an impressive stone wall, which was built without mortar. A circular marble temple was discovered northeast, and the bathing rooms are located at the eastern end of the city; hot water supplies were found in a valley to the southwest. Excavations have uncovered many statues and statuettes, friezes, columns, grave steles and epitaphs during recovery efforts.