Pamukkale - TURKEY




Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli Province in south-western Turkey. The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. It is located in Turkey's Inner Aegean region, in the River Menderes valley, which has a temperate climate for most of the year.

The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white "castle" which is in total about 2,700 metres (8,860 ft) long, 600 m (1,970 ft) wide and 160 m (525 ft) high. It can be seen from the hills on the opposite side of the valley in the town of Denizli, 20 km away.

Tourism is and has been a major industry. People have bathed in its pools for thousands of years. As recently as the mid 20th century, hotels were built over the ruins of Heropolis, causing considerable damage. An approach road was built from the valley over the terraces, and motor bikes were allowed to go up and down the slopes. When the area was declared a world heritage site, the hotels were demolished and the road removed and replaced with artificial pools. Wearing shoes in the water is prohibited to protect the deposits.

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  1. Teknokers says:

    Tourism is and has been a major industry. People
    have bathed in its pools for thousands of years. As
    recently as the mid 20th century, hotels were built
    over the ruins of Heropolis, causing considerable
    damage. An approach road was built from the valley
    over the terraces, and motor bikes were allowed to go up and down the slopes. When the area was
    declared a world heritage site, the hotels were
    demolished and the road removed and replaced with
    artificial pools. Wearing shoes in the water is
    prohibited to protect the deposits. in its pools for thousands of years. As
    recently as the mid 20th century, hotels were built
    over the ruins of Heropolis, causing considerable
    damage. An approach road was built from the valley
    over the terraces, and motor bikes were allowed to go up and down the slopes. When the area was
    declared a world heritage site, the hotels were
    demolished and the road removed and replaced with
    artificial pools. Wearing shoes in the water is
    prohibited to protect the deposits.

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