Pamukkale – Cotton Castle

Pamukkale is famous all over the world thanks to its snow-white travertines. The images of those “frozen waterfalls” are truly unique and unforgettable. That’s why the ancient site of Pamukkale attracts about 2 million of tourists every year. The cascades and terraces of shallow pools have nothing to do with frost and snow of course. In reality, they are thermal springs known not only for their beauty but also for their healing properties since the times of the Roman Empire. The Romans admired this wonder of nature so much that they founded a major city close to the white travertines. The city was named Hierapolis which means “sacred city”. Besides, the surreal travertines it was also known for the deadly Plutonium, or the “Gate of Pluto”, God of the Underworld. The sanctuary was filled with vapours of carbon monoxide raising from fissures in the ground and making animals drop dead. The city also has a rich Christian history as well marked by the martyrdom of St. Philip and the Church of Columns built in the Byzantine period. You will have a chance to visit all the beautiful elements of a classic Roman site: city square, multiple temples, gymnasium,monumental fountains and necropolis. But the most prominent feature of the city was, of course, the Bath house as the medicinal properties of thermal springs were the main attraction of Hierapolis 2000 years ago as they are today. People from all over Anatolia travelled to Hierapolis in search of healing and good health. Today, you can enjoy various spas in the area offering their services to the visitor. The setting sure has changed since Roman times but the pleasant waters of Pamukkale are timeless and its beauty is just as striking as it was 2000 years ago. The sunset is a particularly remarkable time at Pamukkale travertines and highly recommended for both a special experience and amazing pictures. Contact us for a tailor-made program and rates.

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