Denizli Pamukkale Cultural Tourism
This antique city situated in the Pamukkale region is 22 km from Denizli. It is also known for its thermal springs. It is known to have been established by Eumenes II, King of Pergammon, during the 2nd century and its name to have been taken from the wife of Telephos, Hyera, who established Pergammon. The city was the capital of Phrygia during the reign of Constantin the Great, and later become the bishops center during the Byzantine Period. Roman architecture dominates the city. It is cited on the list of World Heritage of UNESCO
Turkey is not only a country rich in testimonies from classical antiquity, it also has wonderful landscapes quite and in the mountains, in total contrast with the verdant valleys and plains.
Pamukkale, situated on the flank of a mountain, is a unique site. Thermal spring waters, extremely rich in limestone, flow over a vast part of the landscape depositing bright white sediment so that, from afar, one might envision being in the Alps in front of a snowfield.
The field is scattered with natural pools of various sizes, full of hot water as green as emeralds, where, not so long ago, tourists were allowed to bathe. It is now forbidden as too many people visited, resulting in erosion of the soil. On our October 2000 visit we were even requested to wall barefoot so as riot to damage the fragile soil it gave me the impression of walking on talcum powder.
The sediment creates stalactites that look like so many icicles glistening under the sun a magical sight indeed.
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