For centuries, Turkey has been known as a crossroad between the Occident and the Orient. At a recent Conference on Italian Archaeology in Istanbul, Archaeologists announced the discovery of the legendary “Pluto’s Gate,“ a cave that led to Hades, AKA Hell. Pluto was the Greco-Roman mythology’s God of the Underworld, where the souls of the dead journeyed after death.
A team of Archaeologists, led by a University of Salento classic archaeology professor, Francesco D’Andria, made the discovery. D’Andria did extensive historical research and determined that “Pluto’s Gate” was the ancient city of Hierapolis, now the city of Pamukkale in southwest Turkey. His research also discovered Saint Philip’ tomb, an apostle of Jesus Christ.
King Eumenes II of Pergamum founded Hieralopolis on or about 190 B.C. In 133 B.C., Hieralopolis was made part of the Holy Roman Empire. D’Andria stated that Greco-Roman mythology believers made pilgrimages to Hieralopolis to receive religious visions. The hallucinogenic fumes from the cave’s underground springs aided these visions.
“This space is full of a vapor so misty and dense that one can scarcely see the ground. Any animal that passes inside meets instant death,” the Greek geographer Strabo (64/63 BC — about 24 A.D.) wrote.
“I threw in sparrows and they immediately breathed their last and fell,” he added.
The Christians destroyed the city and the pagan temple sometime during the sixth centrry A. D. Earthquakes struck the abandoned city and further obliterated it.
“We could see the cave’s lethal properties during the excavation,” he says. “Several birds died as they tried to get close to the warm opening, instantly killed by the carbon dioxide fumes.”
According to NBC News, D’Andria and his team are now working on the digital reconstruction of the gate to hell in turkey.
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