Snow terraces? Frozen waterfalls? When you look at these photos, what else is there to think? However, the truth is that these sources are highly mineralized water rich in calcium, which run down the cascading terraces on sloping ground.
Pamukkale is located in southwest Turkey, in the River Menderes valley, near the town of Denizli. Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, because it has been created by this gradual formation, leaving a cotton-like image.
Tectonic movements in the basin of the River Menderes caused earthquakes, but the rise of a large number of sources of hot water. Water from one of these sources, with a high percentage of minerals, has created Pamukkale.
The beneficial waters rich in potassium bicarbonate, calcium sulfate, magnesium and carbon dioxide, still meet the beautiful natural basins. According to the legend, it is enough to spend 10 minutes in this warm water, to be five years rejuvenated. Not only that, the water of Pamukkale is famous for its beneficial effects to the eyes and skin and its curing properties to the ills of asthma, rheumatism, as well.
Pamukkale are a part of the ancient city of Hieropolis. Limestone rock, on which it was Hieropolis (sacred city), formed for over thousands of years by deposition of calcium. Today, the “holy city” impressive archeological city, which is about 1,200 graves and mausoleums, but once it was an ancient city in which the rich and famous come to swim and enjoy the healing thermal water (regardless of season water temperature 35 degrees). In this landscape of fairy tales, came the Egyptian queen Cleopatra, so here is a bathroom with a beautiful mosaic in the pool in which she supposedly nursed her beauty.
Today, after splashing in the bath and visiting this magnificent wonder of nature, you can go to a museum located on the site of an old Roman baths, where you will be able to see the lifestyle of the local people, beautiful sculptures and reliefs enchanting.
The promise of youth and a true natural delight, made Pamukkale popular tourist destination, which was almost fatal for this beautiful white cliffs. Many hotels that have sprung up next to the baths used hot water for their own pools, ruthless mass tourists walking on the delicate walls, driving vehicles, bathing and washing their hair with shampoo. Therefore, unfortunately, two swimming pools completely dried up and became brown, but most of this natural phenomenon has been successfully saved thanks to the intervention of UNESCO. Today the hotels in the immediate vicinity are closed and people can access rocks and pools only barefooted.
This magnificent gift of nature will leave hundreds of generations of tourists breathless, but only with a minimum of respect for the infinite generosity of nature.