Entering Underworld Hell at Hierapolis in Turkey

Louise Callaghan in The Australian  27 Septmber & The Times 26 September

In the gentle light of the autumn sun, Grazia Semeraro slipped around a guard rail in the ancient city of Hierapolis and descended stone steps towards the Gate of Hell. For 37 years, the Italian archaeologist has worked to uncover the secrets of this site in southwestern Turkey, home to what its inhabitants once believed to be the entrance to the underworld: a 5ft high stone arch that only the eunuch priests of the mother goddess Cybele could pass through alive.

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