A Wonder of Nature: Pamukkale Thermal baths

Pamukkale is one of Turkey’s incomparable natural wonders, with its cascading terraces of snow-white stalactites.

Pamukkale has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988, and is known as the eighth wonder of the world by the Turks.

Pamukkale, which translates to “cotton castle”, features natural mineral pools formed among shiny calcium bicarbonate deposits, resulting in an unreal landscape. The petrified white deposits contrast with the bright blue natural pools formed in layers. It will take your breath away!

What makes Pamukkale so special is that you would think you were facing a glacier, a waterfall of frozen water but don’t be mistaken: the water temperature is about 37°C!

For the small historical note, these basins were created thousands of years ago: in the 2nd century BC, the Attalids dynasty, kings of Pergamon, created the thermal station of Hierapolis at this place. These hot waters are still believed to have medicinal properties!

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