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Pamukkale (Hierapolis), Turkey

Pamukkale

8th Wonder of the World – Pamukkale is the largest and finest example of elaborate calcium formation in the world.

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COTTON WHITE TRAVERTINES

Pamukkale (Cotton Castle), which is a fascinating and magnificent natural site, is located in Denizli province in southwestern Turkey. A gift from nature, the area is famous for its glaring whiteness and therapeutic ponds.

Pamukkale, 18 km (11 miles) north of Denizli ( isTurkey’s foremost mineral-bath spa because of its natural beauty: hot calcium-laden waters spring from the earth and cascade over a cliff. As they cool they form dramatic travertines of hard, brilliantly white calcium that form pools.

Named the Cotton Fortress (pah-MOOK-kah-leh) in Turkish, it has been a spa since the Romans built the spa city of Hierapolis around a sacred warm-water spring. The Antique Pool is still there, littered with marble columns from the Roman Temple of Apollo.

Pamukkale travertines were created by thermal water depositing the calcium carbonate them contained. The natural wonder of Pamukkale travertine deposits span a 160 m tall and 2700 m long cascade. With its brilliant white colour, it can be seen about a distance of 20 km. At first glance it looks like a snowy hill. When you take a closer look and you will see it is actually a natural wonder.

The white cascades are little terraces filled with mineral rich hot springs. Treat yourself to a visit to these mesmerizing therapeutic ponds.

Taking your shoes in your hand, you can walk on some of them. Swimming is strictly prohibited.

Visit the enchanting and eternal Pamukkale (Cotton Castle), you will never forget it.

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