The Pamukkale is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Turkey, located in the valley of the River Menderes, approximately 20 kilometers northeast of the city Denizli. It is a beautiful natural landscape, with shallow pools and small waterfalls, created through a natural process centuries. The snowy white backdrop with uneven small pools called Pamukkale, meaning fortress of cotton because of the dramatic topography and since 1988 is listed in the World Heritage of UNESCO.
Right next to the whitewashed terraces is the archaeological site of Hierapolis, which was founded in the 2nd BC century by the king of Pergamon Eumenes II. The white limestone formations was created, according to scientists, from the rich in calcium bicarbonate waters of the hot springs that gush from the ground. The stunning natural beauty reminiscent of flower petals tanks. The whole construction of white stalactites, limestone pedestal tanks is 2.7 km long and rises about 160 meters above the ground.
During the summer months, the best time to visit the white tanks is the afternoon, when the tourists are fewer and the sun does not burn. The water flowing, although it quickly loses its original temperature, it remains quite warm and enjoyable. The natural thermal baths of Pamukkale attracts thousands of visitors every year.
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By Nicole P.
Pamukkale photos: Esther Lee, Stephen Riley, Frank Kovalchek.