"Cotton Castle"

 

 

 

 

Pamukkale means "Cotton Castle," and is so named because of the white travertine deposits built up over millenia, on the plateau and slopes, by the calcium oxide rich waters flowing down from the natural pools in the ancient city of Hierapolis, "Holy City." The main pool, in which you can bathe, is the "Pool of Apollo," the chief deity of the city.

 

The cliffs and slopes appear pure white and gleaming in the sunlight, and can be easily mistaken for snow. However the deposits on the plateau, which are still mainly white, show there are coloured traces of other elements too which can be seen in them, forming pools in the flat areas.

 

Coloured Veins in the Calcium

 

 

    Calcium Deposits on the Hillside

 

Rock Pools Formed on the Plateau

 

 

 

 

Pamukkale Tour