"Pamukkale (Hierapolis) - The Cotton Castle" Top 5 Page for this destination Pamukkale by Diana75

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Pamukkale's white terraces, an extraordinary natural wonder, and the ruins of the ancient city Hierapolis are a must-visit for every traveler going to Turkey.

Founded by the king of Pergamon, Eumenes II in the 2nd century BC, Hierapolis took the name of the legendary hero Telepho's wife Hiera.

After the collapse of the city following an earthquake in 17 AD, Hierapolis was reconstructed as an important resort for notable persons.

Located in the Inner Aegean region at around 20 km from Denizli, Pamukkale is an impressive white cascade made by the hot springs rich of limestone.

The "Cotton Castle" (the translation of its Turkish name) is a rock platform over 100 m in height covered with a large numbers of pools and terraces formed throughout the ages.

Any object left in the water at Pamukkale will take on a coating of limestone within a very few days.

  • Last visit to Pamukkale: Sep 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • soundchaseruk's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Useful pages Diana. We stay in Turunc twice a year but really should see Eph and Pamm. Maybe this September we will

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2007 at 1:48 PM

    Beautiful page and place - both a nature wander and ruins! I loved there especially that I could bath in the terrace pools that time.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2006 at 5:53 AM

    You know Diana, the more I see of Turkey, the more I think Hans and I must go there someday. Especially intriguing to me was the Hieropolis and the Roman Theater. I love that kind of stuff.

  • Fam.Rauca's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2006 at 5:01 AM

    Informatiile pe care le gasesc "rasfoind" paginile tale si imaginile care exprima ceea ce ti-a ramas tie in suflet, din aceste calatorii, sunt superbe. Este foarte bine, ca te-ai gandit sa impartasesti si altora, bucuriile vacantelor tale. Gabriela

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2006 at 3:06 AM

    a lovely page bringing back great memories ! This place is a Must, when visiting Turkey !

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2006 at 5:06 AM

    Its been many years since we visited Pamukkale, i have herd that the goverment has closed all the hotels in the area because they was taking all the water from the pools, its nice to know they are preserving the area


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