Turkey: Pamukkale and Heiropolis

Turkey: Pamukkale and Heiropolis, Pamukkale, Turkey (B)

I actually signed up for this G-Adventures tour, a budget National Geographic company, specifically because the itinerary included Pamukkale. Pamukkale is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which features natural travertine terraces of thermal pools. I saw a picture of the famous site in a National Geographic magazine at least 10 years ago and have wanted to visit ever since.

I was surprised to find the Pamukkale very different from the photo. First and foremost, the natural wonder is next to ruins of a 2,000 year old city, Heiropolis. Heiropolis was founded by Eumenus II in 190 BC. Originally part of Pergamum, the city later became part of the Roman empire. Considered sacred due to the thermal waters, Heiropolis thrived and grew to a population of more than 100,000 citizens.

We started our tour of the area in Heiropolis after paying the 50 TYL ($9) entrance fee. While much of Heiropolis has been destroyed from previously constructed hotels that have since been removed, the theatre was very well maintained. It provided wonderful views of the vast grounds where doctors used the waters for cures. I couldn’t believe I didn’t know anything about the ancient thermal city which has attracted visitors for thousands of years. Check out this 7 second video for an overview. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Turkey: Pamukkale and Heiropolis
Guide Location: Turkey » Pamukkale
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Elizabeth Bankhead
Read it on Author's Website: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2020/05/15/turkey-pamukkale-and-heiropolis/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • PamukKale Thermal
  • Necropolis