Pamukkale: A Completely White Paradise
A foreigner’s view sometimes helps us understand that we live in a very fortunate geography. Pamukkale, which is matchless in the world, is a reflection of calcium oxide containing water’s thousands of years of journey from Çaldağı’s southern skirts. The splendid, snow-white travertines impress its visitors in their first visit making them feel like they were in an utterly different world and think that managing to be so close to such a beauty is a blessing of God.
Witnessing the traces of thousands of years of experience in every step we take, we know that Turkey boasts exciting ancient cities, cultural centers, and natural beauties both in the west and east. The ancient city of Hierapolis, one of western Anatolia’s healing centers throughout history with still cited events that left a mark on history, has been popular among for humanity for thousands of years together with tempting Pamukkale, which attracts the attention of the whole world today.
Established by Eumenes II, one of Pergamon kings, the ancient city of Hierapolis is believed to have been named after Hiera, the wife of the founder of Bergama, Telephos. One of the most important centers of attraction for the region and the world throughout history, the city served as the Phrygia’s capital under Constantine the Great, and it acquired the title of Episcopacy in the Byzantine period.
The city was included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1988. It is renowned for metal and stone work, woven fabrics as well as its healing waters, which are believed to be good for certain diseases. Scientifically proven to be good for over 40 diseases, this healing water ensures that interest in Hierapolis and Pamukkale does not wane even for a moment.
Pamukkale, one of Turkey’s oldest promotional items, featured among the main centers in our country for many years, especially in overseas promotional campaigns. Pamukkale, a border with no movement at times, a place where a few airplanes landed a few times a year at others… A site occasionally seen on an old poster at the entrance of a museum in a far corner of Turkey… would occupy a place in the mind of any person seeing its white-snow face knowing very well that they would come back again one day.
I invite everyone to have this experience which defies description as an individual who looked around excitedly as if reborn with his first step on the travertines questioning the power of nature with his touch on deposit accumulated by healing waters with a smiles on his face with indescribably pleasant emotions within a whiteness that stretches as far as the eye can reach.
This magnificent geography integrates history with nature taking its visitor on a journey through time and opening another door in every experience. Pamukkale is the right address to understand history, witness the power of nature, and feel how lucky we are to live in such a geography!
by A. BUĞRA TOKMAKOĞLU