The cotton castle



My very first (and absolutely gorgeous) card from Turkey comes from Belkis and pictures the very beautiful Pamukkale. In Turkish the name literally means Cotton Castle and it is easy to see why it was given that.  Yet this geological wonder is also the site of the ancient city of Hierapolis and over the centuries the two have seemed to come together, merged almost, in to one. The site itself is a series of travertines and hot springs. In 1988 the area was declared a World Heritage Site. Before that the area had its fair share of troubles.  Vehicles were allowed up and down the hills and hotels were built on top of the remains of Hierapolis.  Today the vehicles are prohibited and the hotels long since demolished, leaving the area to recover.  People are allowed to bathe in the travertine pools but are not allowed to wear shoes as these may damage the deposits.

More pictures you could see here.


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