Walking on the harden travertines of calcium carbonate with thermal springs…
Pamukkale is a natural beauty waiting you to discover it. Here is some information;
Pamukkale, meaning Cotton Castle in Turkish, is a natural site located in the country’s inner Aegean region in the borders of Denizli Province. It has created an unreal landscape with hot springs, travertines and terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. In this area, there are 17 hot water springs in which the temperature ranges from 35 °C (95 °F) to 100 °C (212 °F) and while supersaturated water with calcium carbonate reaches to the surface, carbon dioxide de-gasses from it, and calcium carbonate is deposited as a soft jelly but eventually hardens into travertines.
At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the kings of Pergamon, established the thermal spa of Hierapolis and it reached its peak of importance in the 2nd and 3rd centuries A.D and since then people bathed in these pools for thousands of years. The therapeutic virtues of water were well-known and hydrotherapy was generally accompanied by religious practice. Baths, temple ruins, a monumental arch, a nymphaeum, a necropolis and a theatre can be seen from Greco-Roman period. Also Christian monuments of Hierapolis represent an outstanding example of an early Christian architectural complex.
This extraordinary landscape is a focus of interest for tourists; it is also recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage. As visitors, you may still bath and walk on travertines only wearing shoes is prohibited to protect them.