Let’s explore Pamukkale, the so-called ‘Cotton Castle', famous for glittering white calcite travertines (terraces) overrunning with warm, mineral-rich waters on the mountain above the village. The white travertine is constantly refreshed by the flow of the calcium rich waters, that is why these calcium terraces always have natural cotton white appearance. With all its healing properties, Cleopatra’s pool is not a treat that you want to miss. Before the day ends, let the mythical water flow over your hands and make sure you TOUCH THE EARTH of this ‘sacred city’ (Hierapolis) which just lies above the travertines with Nymphaeum fountain, amphitheater and the largest ancient necropolis (graveyard) in Turkey.
The thermal pools of Pamukkale. If you wonder how they keep staying so white on the slope of a hill all these years, we got something for you. The short answer is that the waters of the thermal springs have formed these white terraces over a thousand year. And, it became a popular tourist destination of the present day and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But, this popularity goes back to ancient times, the era of ancient Rome. Many people yearn to see Pamukkale with their own eyes since antiquity. It was a health center because of its splendid healing properties of these amazing bathtubs. It is said that even Cleopatra herself cherished this place and it is believed that she used to swim in these mineral springs. You will have the chance to swim in the very same pool once the queen of Egypt swam. The tour does not include only the travertines.
Not easy, we know but take your eyes off “Cotton Castle” and check your back and follow your guide’s lead uphill. The ruins of ancient spa city, the curative center of its time Hierapolis is waiting for being explored. With its monumental nympheum, theatre, agora, baths and best preserved Necropolis, you will find yourself mesmerized by the grandiosity of this charming antique settlement. Before the tour ends, make sure you go and see the Martyrium of St Philip the Apostle in this sacred city where he was allegedly martyred.