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Pamukkale - A Natural Wonder

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An October 2000 trip to Pamukkale by Ishtar

This area reserved for dignitaries only Photo, Pamukkale, Turkey More Photos
Quote: Aptly dubbed the cotton castle, Pamukkale is truly one of the most incredible natural wonders in Turkey. It is known for its curative waters and hot springs and is quite a resort town. Staying at the Richmond Hotel here was luxurious by comparison to other venues in Turkey.

Pamukkale - A Natural Wonder

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This area reserved for dignitaries only Photo, Pamukkale, Turkey
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Organized tours do not allow for sufficient time to explore Pamukkale. We had barely an evening, as we arrived at dusk and half a morning. I was keenly interested in seeing Hierapolis, a spa complex founded in 190 BC. We were also shown the spa resort where only official government personnel can stay. It is the site of the sacred pool which has broken temple columns at its floor. Dipping in the hot waters of the springs is great, but at the time we were there, I didn't see any bathers as it was rather cool. Quick Tips: Check your itinerary or the tour that you pick and see how long a stretch they allow for this stop. The longer, the better. I also suggest that you don't visit the natural pool...Read More

Richmond Hotel & Spa - Pamukkale

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Hotel | "Richmond Hotel & Spa - Pamukkale"

Richmond Hotel & Spa - Pamukkale Photo, Pamukkale, Turkey
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This 4-star facility has locations in Istanbul on Istiklal Street as well as in Ephesus. It was most likely the "plushest" hotel we encountered on our tour, and you can visit their website at link It also avails itself of the thermal springs in Pamukkale, and you can immerse yourself in the curative waters in or outdoors where they have several pools. The thermal pool indoors is way too hot, and I was unable to go in; a few brave souls slid into the water that was so hot, you could see the steam rising in swaying bands. It was very crowded in the outdoor pool, as the water is more bearable there and we actually enjoyed soaking ourse...Read More

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Richmond Hotel & Spa - Pamukkale
Karahayit Koyu
Pamukkale, Turkey
(258) 271-4294

Hierapolis

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Attraction | "Hierapolis, the Holy City"

Hierapolis Photo, Pamukkale, Turkey
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This was a spa resort founded in 190 BCE by Eumenes II of Pergamum. Of particular importance is the Necropolis, which holds some 1,000 tombs ranging from majestic to very small and simple from various time periods.

There are (were) two bath complexes, and a theater with most of its stage standing! As far as records can indicate, this was a center of healing where people came to seek the curative powers of the waters. Hieropolis was destroyed twice by earthquakes, after which it was not rebuilt. We did not see the Plutonium, which is situated behind the Pamukkale Hotel, and was dedicated to the underworld God, Pluto.

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Hierapolis
top of the Pamukkale hill
Pamukkale, Turkey

The Necropolis

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One of the Gates to the city Photo, Pamukkale, Turkey
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Every major city in Byzantine had an acropolis, a central area where people lived, and a necropolis where they buried their dead. The Necropolis here is located at the north of Hierapolis where you'll see free-standing sarcophagi which for the most part have been looted. We've been told that in Turkey, the material used for making these tombs was very much in want, and a sort of "recycling" was always taking place in that inhabitants stole parts of the friezes, or the marble covers to use for their own relatives. This is the largest ancient cemetary in Anatolia with about 1000+ graves. The tomb gates have disappeared. The gardens were maintained by established guilds whose responsibilities ...Read More

The Roman Theater

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Set in an amazing milieu Photo, Pamukkale, Turkey
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This theater is impressive. Since we got there very early in the morning, there were not too many people around. As we approached, there were some locals with things to sell as usual, but we moved on. I sat at the very top for a long time, taking in the incredible view. According to the guides, this is the best preserved ancient structure at Hierapolis. Several friezes and statues were unearthed during excavations, and the original decorations of the theater are still where they were in the year 60 AD. It sits on a hillside and could accommodate about 20,000 people. To the original structure was added a columned facade, with five doors and five niches. In the middle of the 4th century, the orchestra w...Read More

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Ishtar

Ishtar
Bayside, New York