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1001 Places I’d Like to Visit Before I Die #8 – Pamukkale

March 10, 2012
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Where we live is a building where occupants are of different nationalities and most of our neighbors come from Turkey. Friendly as I am I’d hit up a conversation when I bump into one of them at the elevator or at the front yard. More often than not, Turkey holidays would surface in those small talks. It hasn’t come up in our plans to visit Turkey soon but there’s one specific natural site that I’ve always been dying to see there, Pamukkale, which meanCotton Castle. Looking at the photo below it is obvious why this World Heritage site is called so.

Travertines, Pamukkale, Turkey
Pools at Pamukkale, photo via http://www.flickr.com/photos/44048265@N00/

To be honest I am a more inclined to visit the city of Hierapolis, an ancient Greek city adjacent to Pamukkale (Greece is on my #1 list by the way) and see what remained of it. It was there where hot springs were used as spas to soothe ailments early on in history. Well, if I ever get the chance to go up Pamukkale, Hierapolis is just a few steps away, it’s all good.

Anyway, the hot springs in Pamukkale form travertines, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. Naturally, they are formed into terraces that are like pools. These terraces are so picturesque and attractive that tourists come in multitude. There are those who come for the sight of it but there are also those who try the waters’ healing powers.

Being the history buff that I am, if I get the chance to be here I’d perhaps spend a few hours dipping in the hot springs and most of the time taking photos of the place and touring around, admiring the ruins of Hierapolis. I heard there’s one remaining spa there too!

Pamukkale
Pamukkale or Cotton Castle, photo via http://www.flickr.com/photos/54945394@N00/
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  1. wow! the terraces are indeed looking like cottons..but what came in to my mind when i saw the image was the Banaue Rice Terraces in the country converted to pools.. ;D

    ..and it has healing powers also. I’d surely love to visit this place.

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