June 9, 2013 by brasiersarah
We went to these ruins a day before we were going to Efes one of the most famous sites in the world so it was really hard to appreciate it for what it fully was. But the ruins are only a by product surrounding the natural phenomenon of calcite pools at “Pamukkale” – which directly translates to “Cotton Castle”. It is something so out of place in the surrounding landscape. A massive build up of calcium that has eventually lead to a behemoth white rock sitting in the middle of the country.You are not allowed to go into the natural pool any more to protect them. It’s a good thing I guess but the selfish part of you want to jump in and frolic from pool to pool until security drag you out. A beautiful spot as it is, tourism has been handled poorly in Pamukkale, which is unusual for Turkey. I think the reason is that it has been labeled as a day trip by private industries and no real cash flow makes it back into the Pamukkale township. For instance there is pool just up from the calcite terraces that for a whopping $20 you are permitted to swim for a pissy 2 hours. It’s not wonder that no one leaves the pool to go to the toilet. It could be a really nice town but instead people are rushed in and out by tour bus after tour bus. I am not saying don’t go there, you have to go there it’s truly a spectacular sight. Just dont stay to long.It’s really hard to argue with these views, it’s almost an alien landscape.