Have you ever walked through the snow with bare feet and felt no cold?
Placed approximately 15 kilometers away from the town center of Denizli, which is a city in the Aegean region of Turkey, Pamukkale is one of the most stunning places in the world. With a view of a mountain covered with snow from top to bottom, it justly deserves fame not only for the breathtaking beauty of its unique chalky formations but also for its historical remains and the civilizations it hosted throughout the history.
The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water which is totally accounting for both the site’s ancient name of Hierapolis (Holy City) and the present name of Pamukkale (cotton castle)
Ancient Hierapolis is known to have been founded by King Eumenes II of Pergamon. Its name stems from Hiera, the wife of King Telephos, the legendary founder of Pergamon. The city was under control of the Roman Empire in 133 BC. In 17 BC, during the sovereignty of Tiberius it suffered a heavy earthquake that substantially destroyed the city, requiring it to be rebuilt.
Tourism is an important industry in the region since ancient times. In addition to nature tourism and history tourism, in terms of health and thermal tourism it has been also another basic attraction center catching the interest of people who have rheumatism problems or some skin diseases even at this time. People from different parts of the world would come here and have bathed in its pools which have curing effect. Because of the potential of the region attracting tourists for treatment reasons, new enterprises were derived including treatment centers, hotels, hospitals that have special focus on skin diseases and more. Local tourists are at the top of the list visiting the site which is followed by Japans, the Chinese, Koreans and some counties in Europe in turn!
Additionally, due to the underground volcanic activity which causes hot springs having curing effect on diseases and accumulating gas in the cave, it is called the place of god. It is still a religious attraction center now as it was used for religious purposes in old times!
If you think the same as I do that it is a place you never would like to miss to visit before you buy a farm, then why don’t you buy a ticket to Turkey? 🙂