Pamukkale – A Complex of Terraced Pools in South-Western Turkey

Posted on 04 May 2010 oddy88

Even if we know that earthquakes are horrible and their consequences are always bad for humans, we have to admit that in this case, earthquakes brought us something useful. Here you can see amazing photos of beautiful terraced pools in Pamukkale, Turkey which were created as a consequence of earthquake.

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Pamukkale got its name from Turkish words ‘pamuk’ which means cotton and ‘kale’ which means castle. Probably they named this location ‘Cotton castle’ because of intensive white color of its carbonate rocks.

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This amazing natural site is located in Denizli Province, at the south-west of Turkey. This place is known amongst tourists for a very long time. There are some historical records which tells us that tourists were bathing in those natural pools even thousand years ago.

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This place also has some historical significance. It is know that there was an ancient city called Hierapolis in this place whose ruins can be found even today but the main remains of this ancient towns were destroyed in last hundred years when local authorities decided to enable building of few hotels in this location.

3 Comments For This Post

  1. Nomad Says:

    Just curious. Where did you hear this was a result of an earthquake? I hadn’t heard this. Rather, I had always believed it was caused by mineral deposits bubbling up from hot springs. Not unlike how stalagmites and stalactites are formed. I have been to Pamukkale several times and the area has many hot springs sites. One reason why the Romans built cities there was for the health benefits of the minerals in the water. On the road leading out of this site, there is also an interesting necropolis or a large Roman cemetery.

  2. Nomad Says:

    Also your information about the hotel building is inaccurate. At one time, about a decade ago in fact, there was in fact a hotel complex built near the site but, when it was found to be degrading the site, it was destroyed and currently no hotels exist nor are they allowed to be built near this wonderful formation.
    I hope you will correct this information. When countries like Turkey show some sensitivity for the environment- as opposed to unrestricted exploitation- it should be acknowledged and rewarded.

    By the way, this information was easily available on Wikipedia so there is really no excuse not to get your facts right.
    “When the area was declared a world heritage site, the hotels were demolished and the road removed and replaced with artificial pools. Wearing shoes in the water is prohibited to protect the deposits.”

  3. me Says:

    Been there not so long ago and it is amazing.

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