During excavations in the ancient city opened the “gates to Hell”
Scientists were convinced of the correctness of Strabo: a few birds that approached the “gates of hell”, was killed in front of them
A portal leading to the realm of the dead or the gates of Pluto, who in Roman mythology was the ruler of the underworld, managed to find Italian archaeologists, reports Discovery. About the discovery, archaeologists announced in March at a conference held in Istanbul. According to scientists, the discovery was made during excavations of the ruins of Hierapolis, an ancient Phrygian city, located in southwestern Turkey.
Excavations were carried out by a team of archaeologists under the leadership of Salento, Francesco d ‘ Andria, a Professor of classical archaeology. He said that “the gates of hell”, archaeologists were able to detect, reconstructed the route of a thermal spring.
Ancient people believed the gate of Pluto entering the realm of the dead. They described this place as a mysterious cave, which was filled with poisonous air. And its size was big enough to through cordoned-off entrance there could get. “This space is completely filled with a dense fog, because of which it is impossible to see the ground. Any inside animal, emeretta instantly, — so described the place of the ancient Greek historian Strabo. — I threw in sparrows, which are heaving a last sigh, fell dead.”
From the sanctuary of Pluto today only preserved remains of a temple, pool, and located on top of the steps where people could see various sacred rites, but could not get near the gates, before which could stand only priests,” explained Salento Francesco d ‘ Andria.
The temple, which functioned until IV century ad during the reign of late antiquity was an important place of pilgrimage. Wanting to know the future, all the pilgrims perform ablution in the pool and slept near the gate. Couples coming out of the ground, could cause people to hallucinate.
The researchers found during excavations in the correctness of Strabo: a few birds that approached the “gates of hell”, was killed in front of them (in the Photo, the carcass of the fallen birds):
In the VI century this place was filled with Christians. Several earthquakes have also caused significant damage to the structure.