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Pamukkale

Pamukkale has evolved over thousands of years from the hot mineral waters bursting through the ground and cascading down the hillside, solidifying to form snowy white travertines. The therapeutic properties of the water are reputed to be beneficial to the eyes and skin and alleviate rheumatism, asthma and other skin ailments. You will have time to bathe in one of the thermal pools or simply stand at the top of Pamukkale and take in the breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside…

Near to the site are the ruins of the Roman town of Hierapolis which include the theatre (with the best preserved 'scaena' in Asia Minor), many tombs and the old 'thermae'. The town was founded at the end of the 2nd century BC, reaching the peak of its development under the Romans at the end of the 2nd and 3rd centuries.

In structure, it follows the Hellenistic tradition with the main buildings lining the main street

which is 1km long, with side streets arranged at right angles. The buildings of major importance include the theatre, octagonus, monumental gate, nymphaeum and the necropolis. A major activity was the wool industry which benefited from the cleansing properties of the hot springs. The town became a bishopric in the 4th and 5th centuries…

*** This part is quotation from the Unesco’s Official Web Site…


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