The Cotton Castle
If you’re looking for a unique destination for your next vacation, this place in sunny Turkey might just be the choice for you. Pamukkale is a natural attraction in south-western Turkey that receives over 2 million visitors annually. Pamukkale, which means”cotton castle” in Turkish, fascinates visitors with its turquoise waters that flow through calcium pools. Recognized as a World Heritage Sites together with Hierapolis, Pamukkale is one of the most ellaborate examples of calcium formations in the world.
Pamukkale is surely one of the most extraordinary natural wonders in Turkey. The site offers plenty of accommodation options so that you can enjoy the location for several days. Formed by a hot underground spring, Pamukkale was considered by ancient civilizations a place sacred to the Gods. Founded in 190 B.C. by Eumenes II, king of Pergamon, the city of Hierapolis reached its peak in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, being a famous Roman thermal bath center. Hierapolis attracted a steady number of pilgrims, that came to benefit from the curative waters.
Pamukkale is located 250 km from Izmir and 20 km from Denizli. The hot springs flow at a rate of 400 liters per second and have the temperature is 36 to 38 C with a pH of 6.
Take your much needed vacation and head to Turkey to visit this fairytale land of Pamukkale – a petrified white castle soaked by warm turquoise waters. What can be more relaxing than trying nature’s own spa?
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