Pamukkale is a traveller’s delight and a geological phenomenon. It is a town in western Turkey best known for its mineral-rich thermal waters that flow down the bright white terraces of a steep valley side. Next to this is Hierapolis, an ancient Roman spa city founded around 190B.C. The ruins there contain a pristine theatre and a necropolis with tombs that expanse for 2km. With such a unique combination of natural and man-made marvels, it’s little wonder that Pamukkale-Hierapolis is such a tourist hotspot.
When visiting Turkey, Pamukkale is must! Intrigued? Here are 8 interesting facts about Pammukale.
1. Pamukkale is more than 100 metres in height and can be seen from the closest town, Denizli, which is located around 20 kilometres away
2.The waters that appear from the hot spring are at a temperature that ranges from 35°C to 100°C
3.Pamukkale is called the ‘cotton castle’ by literal translation in Turkish
4.The Turkish call it the cotton castle due to the resemblances that these white terraces have with the cotton plantations that are cultivated in central Turkey
5.In some sorts, the Sacred Pool in Pamukkale is also known as Cleopatra’s Pool as the Egyptian Queen is said to have swum there
6.In the area, there are 17 hot water springs
7.Pamukkale has over 2 million visitors per year and it is also Turkey’s most single visited attraction
8.In 1988 Pamukkale together with Hierapolis, was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site