The New Student's Reference Work/Laodicea
Laodicea (lā-od-i-se′ä), the name of many cities, the most important being the one in Phrygia on the Lycus and the great commercial road. The district and city have been partially destroyed by earthquakes several times, and the city began to decay at the time of the Osmanli invasions, and now is a ruin, known as Eski-Hissar. It was one of the first seats of Christianity, designated as one of the seven churches of The Apocalypse, and the scene of important ecclesiastical councils in 363 and 476. It also was an important seat of art, science and philosophy.