Travel Scan: Pamukkale and Hierapolis


Pamukkale means “cotton castle” in Turkish and it’s the name of a World Heritage Site in southwestern Turkey. The terraces you see in the photo are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from hot springs. The seventeen hot springs of Pamukkale have been used as a spa since the 2nd century BC. Temperatures range from 95°F (35°C) to 212 °F (100 °C). I remember them as being quite pleasant, even though it was pretty hot outside.


Ruins of the ancient Greco-Roman and Byzantine city of Hierapolis are adjacent to Pamukkale.
According to Wiki, the city had two Roman baths, a gymnasium, several temples, a main street with a colonnade, and a fountain at the hot spring. Hierapolis became one of the most prominent cities in the Roman Empire in the fields of the arts, philosophy, and trade.

Hope your week’s going well so far.


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6 Responses to Travel Scan: Pamukkale and Hierapolis

  1. Cheryl says:

    Stunning images, Carole …all that heat and tavertine and nature has found a way to ‘show off’!

  2. If you hadn’t described the travertine in the first photo, I would have thought it was snow! How amazing.

  3. Caroline says:

    This looks amazing. I’ve never seen a picture of this. It put me in mind of salt.

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