PAMUKKALE: A World Heritage Site


Pamukkale, which means “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a natural site, found in Denizli Province in Turkey. It was declared a Global Heritage Site in 1988, and it has been among the top tier tourist destinations in Turkey, promising a remarkable vacation with beautiful landscapes, hot springs and terraces of carbonate mineral deposits. The most eye catching places include the following:

The Pamukkale National Park

It is located on the bottom of the Cokelez Mountains. The natural beauty of the place offers the setting that interested the unique Roman town of Hierapolis. Thus, forming a vital background for the cultural scenery, that now dominates the place. The stunning attraction sites are:

• It offers a fantastic viewing site of the highest terraces, cliffs and waterfalls.

• Magnificent semi-circular pools that take place in a steep-like manner along the upper third of the embankment

• It boasts of the springs that comprise a part of the intricate hydraulic system that fed water to the nearby villages and farming grounds

• It has 10 different species of animals

• 10 species of birds and

• 45 species of plants

Pamukkale Hijackers

• This site attracts mountain climbers who loves to explore the nature.

• Experienced pilots fly meters upward.

• Athletes come to fly parachutes and aerodynamic structures down the slope.

• Visitors enjoy observing the massive limestone terraces, old ruins and Tandem paragliding ride.


Amphitheatre at Pamukkale Hierapolis

Greco-Roman amphitheater is located on a hill few kilometers away from the pools and slightly above the Hierapolis Ruins, which is steep to climb but worth the effort. Visitors tour the place to have a view of the Denizli city since it can be clearly seen from the top. Greco-Roman amphitheater is located on a hill few kilometers away from the pools.

The Christian tombstones of Hierapolis

• It is a heritage site which is established in the 5th century.

• Comprise a wonderful illustration of a Christian architecture with baptistery, churches and cathedral.

• A magnificent Monument of St. Philip, Martyrium, located towards the exterior northwest wall of the town and it has a remarkable design of the building (octagonal shape). Radiating from the octagon are; Polygonal halls, chapels and triangular rooms which join to culminate to create a square structure surrounded by rectangular cells enclosed with porticoes.

 Anatolia cemetery

• It’s a large Necropolis Turkish place where pre-historical tombs and remains are found. Each coffin in this cemetery is very beautiful and different from others.

• Located in the Anatolia cemetery is an old city, an ancient temple and a Shrine dedicated to Nymphs an iconic statue of the famous heroes and saint from Turkey.

• There are landmark fountains that supply clean piped water to the city of Denizli.

Calcite-laden hot spring waters

• The hot spring water that emerges from a cliff has formed a stunning site at Pamukkale.

• The waters have generated a succession of petrified stalactites, waterfalls and pools that form step-like terraces. Some are a meter while others are six meters in height.

• Deposits of calcium carbonate offer an alluring white coating. The Pamukkale, a Turkish name that means “cotton castle,” originate from this outstanding landscape.

It is evident that Turkey is rich in fascinating and attractive sites especially Pamukkale, and cannot be explored in a day. You will only need Turkey visas and few tips to get access to these places as profiled.

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