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Pamukkale & Hierepolis

Brief Description

Deriving from springs in a cliff almost 200 m high overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have created at Pamukkale (Cotton Palace) an unreal landscape, made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamon, established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site.

Cotton Castles & Holy City of Hierepolis

Near to the site of Pamukkale (which means cotton castle) the ruins of the Roman town of Hierapolis which include the theater (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 1 km long, with side streets arranged at right angles. The buildings of major importance include the theater, octagonus, monumental gate, nymphaeum and the necropolis. A major activity was the wool industry which benefited from the cleansing properties of the hot springs which are still actively used. The town became a bishopric in the 4th and 5th centuries.

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