Thermal pools are always attracting people’s attention for its therapeutical abilities. They usually combine the warm feeling of being inside them with a majestic environment of pure nature. The Pamukkale thermal pools in Denizli, Turkey are surely a sighting that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. The turquoise waters with the white terraces surrounding the pools are creating a combination of divine beauty that is best understood if seen from close distance. If surreal and otherworldly vacation is your goal in life then you should better not miss this site that is protected by the UNESCO World Heritage stamp.
These white terraces are made of trevertine, a carbonate mineral that was left there from the flowing water.
The pools are located at the Aegean side of Turkey and the ancient city of Hierapolis was build on top of the white ‘castle’.
Tourism has always been a huge part for the area, with people travelling from all over the world to live the experience of the turquoise waters.
When they started building hotels during the 20th century, they caused serious damages to the ruins of Hierapolis.
Hotels that were built in the 1960s drained water from the pools and had to be demolished in order to protect the historical site.
Tourists are not allowed to walk on the white terraces, but only follow the designated paths and dip their feet into the small pools.
The preserved Roman ruins and the area’s museum have been overshadowed by the natural beauty of the site.
Unfortunatelly, tourism brochures concentrate on the pools and not on the historical sightings that are more than worth visiting.
The reason the white terraces are off-limits is because they have suffered erosion and pollution from all these years of tourists walking on their surface. Remember that the most important thing when visiting a historical site is reserving its beauty and not ruining it just to take a great picture.