sacred city, a city of Phrygia, where was a Christian church under the care of Epaphras (Col. 4:12, 13). This church was founded at the same time as that of Colosse. It now bears the name of Pambuk-Kalek, i.e., "Cotton Castle", from the white appearance of the cliffs at the base of which the ruins are found.
We learn from the first chapter that he had introduced the gospel to Coloss, and perhaps also to Laodicea and hierapolis.
hierapolis, alias Bambyce, or Bembij, was sacred to the worship of Astarte.
Another early witness is Papias, who was bishop of hierapolis, in Phrygia, in the first half of the second century.
St. Philip was hanged against a pillar at hierapolis, in Phrygia.
During his march on hierapolis, as he entered the city, a portico suddenly gave way, and crushed fifty soldiers under its ruins.
He was buried at hierapolis, and his relics, it was believed, often saved the city.
For I bear him witness, that he hath much labour for you, and for them in Laodicea, and for them in hierapolis.
Nor need we add much to our remarks regarding Papias of hierapolis.
St. Philip was scourged and crucified or hanged by the magistrates of hierapolis.
But also among other great writers the goddess of hierapolis is called Derceto, or Atergatis.