PAMMUKKALE [HIERAPOLIS] A UNIQUE PLACE OF THE WORLD
WHAT IS PAMMUKALE ?Pamukkale, which means Cotton Castlein Turkish, is known as 8th world wonderby Turkish people. Pamukkale is a natural site and a famoustourist attraction in south-westernTurkey in the Denizli Province.Pamukkale is located in Turkeys InnerAegean region, in the River Menderesvalley, which enjoys a temperate climateover the greater part of the year.The summers are hot and dry, andwinters warm and rainy.Tourists travel from the coast of Antalyaand the Aegean Sea to Pamukkale.
HOW WAS PAMMUKKALE FORMED? Pamukkale was formed when a spring with a high content of dissolved calcium bicarbonate cascaded over the edge of the cliff, which cooled and hardened leaving calcium deposits. This formed into great natural pools, shelves and ridges, which tourists could plunge and splash in the hot water.
THE ROMAN TEMPLE OF APOLLO Pamukkale has been a spa since the Romans built the spa city of Hierapolis around a sacred warm-water spring. The Sacred Pool is still there, littered with marble columns from the Roman Temple of Apollo. You can swim in it for a fee.
THREE LOCATIONS MOST IMPORTANT TO VISITORSThree locations are of importance to visitors at Pamukkale:Pamukkale TownAt the foot of the travertines, the little town ofPamukkale has numeroussmall hotels, pensions, restaurants, and such services asshops and bus ticket offices. Many pensions have theirown small warm mineral water pools.KarahayıtSeveral kilometers to the north of the plateau, the villageof Karahayıt is surrounded by big resort hotels busy withbus tour groups.The PlateauThe travertines form a plateau atop which is the SacredPool, the ruins of Hierapolis, and the ArcheologicalMuseum. These are what you want to see. There are threeentrances to the plateau.
Pamukkale used to be a favorite stop on everybackpackers trip to Turkey. Adventurous travelerswould stay in Pamukkale Towns small pensions andhotels, bask in the warm mineral water of thetravertime pools, linger over long dinners, exchangetales of the road, and generally have a wonderful timein this laid-back atmosphere
The water at Pammukale is at 35 degreescelsius.The stunning white calcium pools, which clingto the side of a ridge, have been long one ofthe most famous picture postal card views ofTurkey.Pammukkale is said to be a place that isadvantageous to treat maladies.People are recommended to go toPammukkale for the treatment of high bloodpressure, heart diseases, rheumatism,circulatory problems, nervous disorders,digestive maladies, nervous and physicalexhaustion, eye & skin diseases and nutritionaldisorders.