At the time of the conflicts between the Seljuq Turks and the Byzantines in the 12th century, the adjacent ancient town of Laodicea ad Lycum was abandoned, and Denizli, which is located amidst gardens at the base of Mount Gökbel (7,572 feet [2,308 metres]), took over its economic standing. Denizli had developed into an important Turkish town famed for its woven and embroidered textiles as well as its opulent gardens by the 14th century, when it was known as Lâdik (Ldq). Earthquakes throughout the 18th and 19th centuries wreaked havoc on it.
The main forms of agriculture practised in the area are the farming of cotton, cereals, figs, tobacco, and livestock. North of Denizli, in Pamukkale (the ancient city of Hierapolis), a popular tourist destination, limestone deposits from the hot springs have formed breathtaking cascades and basins. Denizli is connected to the railway that travels between Dinar and Zmir by a branchline.
As part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the creation of our country, the “100. Turkey Photography Exhibition” is a photography exhibition displaying Turkey’s natural splendours and cultural heritage. The collection of photographs that received approval to be presented in several Japanese cities contained five photographs from Denizli.
In March 2023, as part of the 100th anniversary festivities of the creation of our country, the inaugural Turkey Photography Exhibition was organised. In the cities of Tokyo, Sapporo, Nagova, Osaka, and Hiroshima, the TFSF and the Tokyo Embassy organised photography exhibitions to promote Turkey’s natural beauty and cultural history.
To be featured in these esteemed shows, 2 000 76 photos were chosen from 566 applicants’ applications. The selection committee was chosen by Faruk Akbaş, Tansu Gürpnar, zzet Keribar, Tayfun Kocaman, and Kaan Ylmaz using a fair scoring system. The second round, when 100 photographs were chosen for the exhibition, was attended by Dr. Sefa Ulukan, the exhibition’s curator.
Out of the competing images, five photographs from the Denizli Photographic Art Association Member were chosen to be presented in various Japanese cities.