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.

Entrance to Pamukkale National Park
The pools that were constructed…
Love how the ducks add such life to the landscape

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.

Many walk on the sides of the pools. Wearing shoes in the water is prohibited to protect the deposits.


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.


Places to visit within the Hieropolis


The Castle and the Church with Pillars


The size of the theatre is a good indication of the city’s population, which usually caters to a capacity of about 10% of the population.


Natural water ducts formed over years by the flow of mineral rich water. The sides were formed by minieral deposits over time. I am amazed by how far these ducts went and a beautiful sight against the green grass.


The Museum and Pool for those who want to have a dip for the water’s healing and beauty properties.


Cafe and garden area with mineral water. For those who do not want to dip into the pool, there are spots in the cafe garden area to pump up a handful to wash your hands and face. Very refreshing!


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