That’s what our guide, Byrol, said when the car left the hotel where I stayed, driving towards to Pamukkale. I was not totally wake up when Byrol started to explain some history of Pamukkale. I was still sleepy, since I just had 3 hours proper sleep, started from 5 am in the morning after my arrival from Urgup.
Our first destination is the hot spring. There is not much that I could see while I was there. Except some people put their feet inside the warm (some places could be hot) pool that believed that can cure some skin diseases. The pool was not so big and it’s purposed to public user. The locals can come anytime without the entrance fee.
The hot spring
Some visitors and the locals are enjoying the hot spring
Leaving the hot spring, we’re going to the Hierapolis, the ancient city in Pamukkale. It was the main destination for our tour today. To see the whole city, we’re supposed to walk for two km distance. The track was not hilly. It was quite plain, but the temperature was a little bit hot. Using hat or umbrella was not the bad idea.
“Welcome to Necropolis,“ said Byrol once we entered the entrance. Necropolis means city of the dead people. Or the other hand, it’s grave yard or cemetery. The tombs are everywhere. Byrol explained to us one by one, little by little about the history of the tombs. A long time ago, in the era of Roman Empire, the tombs were purposed only for the rich people. When one rich people were dying, they would come to the hospital in the city for the medication. Once they knew that they couldn’t be cured longer, they would reserve one place in one of tomb. When they died, people would bring them to Necropolis, carried the body inside the tomb, and laid them on the big rock. There are two levels and 6 rocks for every tomb. The tombs would be closed and it would be opened in the next following years to replace the skeleton. The other dead bodies were already waiting in the queue to be put in the tombs.
The tombs in Necropolis. Each tomb has two levels and six rocks used as the bed of dead people
There are not only the tombs for the rich people. Byrol also showed us the Gladiator tombs. When gladiators fought in amphitheatre, one who died would be brought here to be rested forever. The other famous one was Medusa’s tomb. The lady that had snake hair on her head. People would transformer to a stone once they saw her. Be careful when you see her.
Byrol and the tomb of Gladiator
Inside the tomb of gladiator
The tomb of Medusa
We’re arrived in front of the gate of city, Hierapolis. In the past, before entering the gate, people should be cleaned and washed in one place called Basilica Bath. There are not many ruins, but we could find some of them. The amphitheatre is one of them.
Basilica Bath. People should clean themselves here before entering the city
Welcome to Hierapolis
The ruins of Hierapolis
I’m at ruins of Amphiteatre
The last stop was Pamukkale Spring Water. The name was inspired by the preternatural landscape of bizarre forms created by calcite deposits from the hot springs that surface through a fault: mineral forests, petrified cascades and terraced pools. There are some ruins of castle located not far from the pool. If you see it from the far, you can see the ruins of castle surrounded by rocks shaped cottons. Mineralized water flowing from springs created the pools and terraces which are visually stunning. The water was believed that can cure some disease. Even, people believed that beautiful Cleopatra used this pool to keep her youth.
Here with I share some pictures taken in Pamukkale. Hope you’ll enjoy it.
Pamukkale means cotton castle
In this pool, it’s believed that Cleopatra got her youth
Watching Turkish ladies preparing traditional Turkish bread
The tour was ended at four pm in the afternoon. Byrol dropped us to the bus station for our next journey to Kusadashi, Izmir.
to be continued.