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Travetines Of Pamukkale, Hierapolis & Necropolis

The travetine pools of Pamukkale are really quite spectacular. Hot springs spurt out calcium rich water that pour over the hillside and limestone deposit forms as the water cools leaving a white kind of winter wonderland of calcium. Pamukkale means "Cotton Castle" in Turkish. People have been coming to the nearby ancient town of Hierapolis to enjoy the curative powers of the hot spring waters for thousands & thousands of years.

The ancient spa metropolis of Hierapolis was a booming city with a popular thermal spa as early as the Hellenistic times (200-300BC)during the times of Alexander The Great. Hierapolis was founded by Eumenes II, King Of Pergamum and was ceded to Rome in 133BC. The city was destroyed by an earthquake in 60AD. The gateway into the city is through the Arch Of Domitian - dedicated to the Roman Emperor.

The graveyard or Necropolis (City Of The Dead) just outside of Hierapolis is the largest ancient graveyard in Anatolia with more than 1200 tombs (most are above ground burials in sarcophagus). Today, nothing is left of the dead except the stones as successive earthquakes and tomb robbers have taken their toll. There are tombs stretching over a considerable period from the Hellenistic, Early Christian to Roman periods.
Travetines Of Pamukkale In Warm Light
Travetines Of Pamukkale In Warm Light
Terraces Of Limestone
Terraces Of Limestone
Travetines Of Pamukkale
Travetines Of Pamukkale
Close Up Of The Limestone Deposits
Close Up Of The Limestone Deposits
Travetines Of Pamukkale
Travetines Of Pamukkale
Travetines Of Pamukkale
Travetines Of Pamukkale
Stream Of Spring Water Bringing More Deposits
Stream Of Spring Water Bringing More Deposits
Travetines Of Pamukkale
Travetines Of Pamukkale
Travetines Of Pamukkale
Travetines Of Pamukkale
Stalactites Of Limestone
Stalactites Of Limestone
Travetines Of Pamukkale
Travetines Of Pamukkale
Dipping Feet In The Travetine Pools
Dipping Feet In The Travetine Pools
Travetines Of Pamukkale
Travetines Of Pamukkale
Swimming Among The Ruins Of Temple Of Apollo In Hierapolis
Swimming Among The Ruins Of Temple Of Apollo In Hierapolis
Swimming Among The Ruins Of Temple Of Apollo In Hierapolis
Swimming Among The Ruins Of Temple Of Apollo In Hierapolis
Swimming Among The Ruins Of Temple Of Apollo In Hierapolis
Swimming Among The Ruins Of Temple Of Apollo In Hierapolis
1st Century Columns Hierapolis
1st Century Columns Hierapolis
1st Century Main Street Hierapolis
1st Century Main Street Hierapolis
Arch Of Domitian (1st Century AD) Entrance Into Hierapolis
Arch Of Domitian (1st Century AD) Entrance Into Hierapolis
Arch Of Domitian (1st Century AD) Into Hierapolis
Arch Of Domitian (1st Century AD) Into Hierapolis
Columns Main Street Of Hierapolis
Columns Main Street Of Hierapolis
Empty Tomb Sarcophagus Necropolis
Empty Tomb Sarcophagus Necropolis
Family Tomb With Arch Entrance
Family Tomb With Arch Entrance
Flowers In Bloom In Necropolis
Flowers In Bloom In Necropolis
Inscription On The Side Of Sarcophagus Necropolis
Inscription On The Side Of Sarcophagus Necropolis
Main Street (Plateia) Of Hierapolis
Main Street (Plateia) Of Hierapolis
Open Sarcophagus Necropolis
Open Sarcophagus Necropolis
Public Latrines Hierapolis
Public Latrines Hierapolis
Sarcophagus Tombs Necropolis
Sarcophagus Tombs Necropolis
The Street Of Necropolis
The Street Of Necropolis