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 kilometers 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.
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