June 9, 2013 by brasiersarah

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe 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”.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt 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.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou 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.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA 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.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s really hard to argue with these views, it’s almost an alien landscape.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

One thought on “Pamukkale

  1. twelvemile says:

    I was there 25 years ago swimming in those pools! And so were thousands of others. Never seen it empty like this … good thing too

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: