Pamukkale means ”cotton castle” and the pure white geological formations really seem to remember something soft and sacred. Thermal pools consist of several hot water terraces and were famous already at the time of the ancient Greeks, which enhanced its therapeutic properties. Today Pamukkale is among the most visited places in Turkey.

This magical place extends over two kilometres in length and comes from ancient volcanic springs placed upstream, although there are many legends that see the giants as the real builders of Pamukkale.

The water, very rich in limestone, has formed white terraces and stalactites over the centuries and is renowned for its therapeutic properties. A city was born nearby, destroyed several times due to cataclysms and rebuilt ever larger and more sumptuous by the Romans. The excavations have brought to light a Theater and several temples; famous is the one dedicated to Pluto, whose dark powers were connected to toxic fumes that were released in som caves of the site.

Declared a Unesco heritage site, Pamukkale has suffered numerous economic pressures during the twentieth century that partially disfigured the surrounding landscape (through the construction of hotels and restaurants). Only in recent decades there has been actions in the demolition of hotel and in the regulation in the thermal pool’s use.

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