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Andrys Basten | profile | all galleries >> TURKEY Photos - Anatolia, 2004, with Canon Elph >> Pamukkale photos ( Hierapolis ) tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

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Pamukkale photos ( Hierapolis )

Photos of Pamukkale's rather beautiful terraced calcium pools, sometimes called calcium terraces or travertines, which are seen next to ancient Hierapolis.
  Pamukkale means cotton castle, and is from "pamuk" for cotton and "kale" for castle, referring to the large white cliff of Pamukkale (often misspelled as Pammukale).

  For centuries, the thermal waters have been considered therapeutic, and people flock there to immerse themselves, only to find this is likely mainly in the hotel emulations, which receive the calcium hot spring waters, so SOME have said there is little left at Pamukkale proper.  However, that's not so, per the note below from Karyn.   More useful info on the area to follow someday.



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Our first view of Pamukkale and its white cotton cliff
Our first view of Pamukkale and its "white cotton" cliff
The whitish cliff seemed out of place, as nothing else there looks like it.
The whitish cliff seemed out of place, as nothing else there looks like it.
Our hotel's own warm calcium terrace-pools, water transported from the mountain.  Decadent  :-)
Our hotel's own warm calcium terrace-pools, water transported from the mountain. Decadent :-)
Along with the hotel's alternative normal pool
Along with the hotel's alternative normal pool
More currectly known as Hotel Pam Thermal
Amazingly good all-you-can-eat buffet dinner at Pam Hotel

More currectly known as "Hotel Pam Thermal"

The hotel pool later that night
The hotel pool later that night
Going up to Pamukkale the next day.   Note dried-up pools, a problem today.
Going up to Pamukkale the next day. Note dried-up pools, a problem today.
Mostly European tourists there, walking toward calcium terraces, staglatites visible here
Mostly European tourists there, walking toward calcium terraces, staglatites visible here
Looking down on the town below
Looking down on the town below
My first view (in the distance) of calcium pools not dried up yet
My first view (in the distance) of calcium pools not dried up yet
And the terraces there look manufactured.
The terraces they're walking past no longer hold much water (drained away to hotels).

And the terraces there look manufactured.

And here were the ones nearby.
And here were the ones nearby.
That's the actual color of these strange pools.
That's the actual color of these strange pools.
But we're not allowed to wade in these. Gorgeous coloring doesn't seem real, even when there.
But we're not allowed to wade in these.
Gorgeous coloring doesn't seem real, even when there.
The light was nice on the benches across the way.
The light was nice on the benches across the way.
Per DK books, this may have been part of the Temple of Apollo.
This is an odd place - a very clear pool over stones and
columns from an ancient building...now in a cafe area.

Per DK books, this may have been part of the Temple of Apollo.

Entering Hierapolis.   I wondered howit might have felt centuries ago to see the building (in better state).
Entering Hierapolis.  I wondered how
it might have felt centuries ago to see the building (in better state).
The old Byzantine Gate of Hierapolis.
The old Byzantine Gate of Hierapolis.