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Pamukkale is a site of natural travertine terraces in Denizli Province, Turkey. These terraces were created by carbonate mineral deposits as water cascades down the slope. The name Pamukkale means "cotton castle", a creative expression for the snow-white formations. The travertine terraces of Pamukkale measures 2,700 meters (8,860 ft) long, 600 m (1,970 ft) wide and 160 m (525 ft) high.

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The travertine, or sedimentary rock deposits, is created by the water of the hot springs. There are seventeen hot water springs in the area. They send out water ranging in temperature from 35°C to 100°C. The water coming out of the ground is supersaturated with calcium carbonate.

When it reaches the surface, it releases carbon dioxide and leave behind the calcium carbonate on the terraces. The carbon carbonate appears like soft jelly when wet, but eventually hardens into travertine.

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Pamukkale has been known since ancient times. The ancient city of Hierapolis was built by the Greeks, and later taken over by the Romans and Byzantines. Today the Hierapolis Archaeology Museum provides an insight into the history of the area, while at the same time displays historical artifacts from the ancient periods.

The universal outstanding values of Pamukkale and Hierapolis has not gone unnoticed. In 1988 it was recognized as a World Heritage Site.

Visiting Pamukkale

Visitors to Pamukkale can reach it by flying from Istanbul to Denizli, the nearest city. You can also take a bus or train to Denizli.

Arriving in Denizli, you can take a taxi or shared taxi (dolmuş) to Pamukkale. The journey takes about 20 miles and costs 2 TL per person one way.

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