Pamukkale means “cotton castle” in Turkish in southwestern Turkey with temperate climate throughout the year. This natural formation is found in Turkey’s inner Aegean region in the River Menderes Valley. Hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water are found here. I was told by my guide that there used to be hotels here, said to have caused some damage to the natural site, but were all demolished to make way for the construction of some pools after it was listed as a World Heritage Site. People have been bathing in these mineral pools for thousands of years so this title befits its historical value. The reflection of the bright sunlight against the blue skies of the white terraces left a deep impression. I am going to let my photos do the talking. All photos taken using my iPhone5 and no professional cameras or lens were used.
Hierapolis, the ancient Greco-Roman and Byzantine city was built on top of the white “castle”. It covers a huge area of about 2,700 metres (8,860 ft) long, 600 m (1,970 ft) wide and 160 m (525 ft) high! So the following photos are taken from Hierapolis, looking down to the National Park at the bottom. I took tons of photos and leaving you with some of my favourite shots below.
Hieropolis of Phrygia is one of the cities that Apostle Paul visited and the ruins of the Church with Pillars is an evidence of his ministry there. It is not difficult to imagine the city’s influence and affluence from its expanse and remains.