Pamukkale, Turkey Photo Gallery

The Roman spa town of Hierapolis was built in the 2nd century BC to take advantage of the mineral-rich waters of Pamukkale, whose impact can still be seen today as the waters have turned the nearby ridges white. While the water still runs, the town is long gone following recurring earthquakes, with only minimal ruins left.

Deposits of calcium carbonate from the hot springs continue to give Pamukkale a white coating today. Over time, they have formed various terraces along the cliffside, where bathers now enjoy the therapeutic waters freely. However, tourist developments since the 1980's have greatly damaged the site and the water flow has slowed to a trickle.

Take off your shoes, and walk on the prickly calcified ground to the warm pools.

Imagine having breakfast with the white terraces as a backdrop.

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