Pamukkale

Pamukkale

PAMUKKALE

 

Pamukkale is the main attraction of the Aegean region of Turkey. The city is blessed with breath taking beauty formed of curious calcium deposits. Tourists from around the globe throng to Pamukkale to witness the natural marvel that is unique to the city. The present name of the city literally means "cotton castle" and is justly named after its exquisite limestone landscapes.

Pamukkale also has a spell binding historical past. The erstwhile name of the city is Hierapolis and remnants of the past make it a treasure trove of archeological wealth. Today, Pamukkale is a coveted site for all vacationers and is strewn with luxury hotels and resorts. Going around the city is very convenient with privately hired taxis or the collective taxis called Dolmus.

Pamukkale has a unique experience to offer. It is a must see for every tourist from around the globe.

The greatest attraction of Pamukkale is its intricate limestone structures. Waters rich in calcium salts run across the slopes leaving behind curious art forms by nature`s hand. The warm, calcareous waters collect in the Sacred Pool and are known to have healing powers.

The ancient town is also blessed by a versatile history. A long colonnaded street called Plateia formed the main part of ancient Hierapolis. It traversed from the southern most gateway up to the renowned Arch of Domitian in the north. Roman baths; ancient gymnasiums, a palaestra and a museum flank the wide road. The museum exhibits sculptures and finds from the bygone eras.

Pamukkale also possesses the great theatre of Hierapolis famed for its exquisite carvings and relief work. Near the great city walls is the Martyrion of St. Phillip, an impressive octagonal structure. Further down, is the temple of the mythical God Apollo dating back to the Hellenistic period. Nearby is a cave known for emanating poisonous gases.

You can also find a Christian basilica with beautiful carvings in Pamukkale. The necropolis of Hierapolis is the biggest graveyard of the erstwhile Anatolia.