Wonder at the beauty of the travertines , swim in the healing waters of Cleopatra’s pool (optional) and wander around the ruins of the Hierapolis.
Hierapolis In ancient times all religious buildings were built close to hot or cold water sources. Besides religious buildings, other buildings such as fountains and baths were also built for curing. The number of baths, fountains and churches are evident of the importance of water sources and Christianity in Hierapolis. People in Hierapolis worshipped Apollo as their main God. Beside Apollo, Artemis the goddess was very important too. Local people in Hierapolis worshipped many other gods and goddesses including, amongst others, Dionysus (the god of fertility & wine), Leto (who was the mother of Apollo), Poseidon (who was the cause of earthquakes), and Pluto (the god of underworld). Hierapolis means “Holy City” because of its religious importance and its temples and other religious buildings. However, it is also thought that the city was named after Hiera, wife of the founder of Pergamum. Throughout the history of Anatolia, the names of women have been used for newly founded cities. The ancient city of Hierapolis covered an area of 1000m x 800 m. Hierapolis has suffered several devastating earthquakes and each one destroyed the city. The first earthquake happened in 17 AD, the second one in 60 AD, and third and last one in 1354. However, the remains of the city are still evident and form a most fascinating backdrop to the natural wonder of Pamukkale.
Pamukkale is one of Turkey’s incomparable natural wonders, with the calcium cascade terraces of snow white stalactites, and is regard as the 8th wonder of the world by the citizens of Turkey. Pamukkale & Hierapolis together have both been recognized as World Heritage Sites since 1988. Pamukkale means “Cotton Castle” but had many different uncommon names in the past. Pamukkale is very well known with the entrancing beauty of its unique geological formation and also with its historical remains..
The white cotton-like terraces are mineral deposits which come from Cal Mountain’s rich spring waters and volcanic springs that are many of thousands of years old. The water runs down the travertines and fills them up with water. There is a pool where you can have a swim among the ancient Roman columns.
This magnificent site is a must-see during your holiday in Turkey and you can reserve your booking on our Excursions page.
This is a wonderful experience that you will never forget.