Pamukkale and Hierapolis, Turkey


 

Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey, this is one of the most amazing places in Turkey, a natural phenomenon, which has no analogues in the world. There is a geological fault and the underground volcanic activity, rich thermal the springs geysers, whose vapors were associated with Pluto, god of the underworld. There are 17 hot water springs in which the temperature ranges from 35 °C  to 100 °C, containing calcium oxide. Mineral water builds petrified white cascades formations shimmering in the sunlight. An amazing sight!

You can lie in small pools with mineral water, on terraces – you will surely feel the healing power of this place. You’ll get a great relaxation.

Hierapolis, whose name means “sacred city”, was believed by the ancients to have been founded by the god Apollo. Nearby is hot springs of Pamukkale.Today, Hierapolis is a World Heritage Site and popular tourist destination.

This are photos of travertine terrace formations at Pamukkale. Photos by Diana.