Turkey's Enchanting 'Cotton Castle' and Ancient Hierapolis

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Pamukkale, an extraordinary natural wonder known as the 'Cotton Castle' in southwestern Turkey, is a must-visit destination. The area gets its name for two reasons: firstly, its striking white cliffs resembling a castle made of cotton, and secondly, due to its proximity to numerous cotton processing factories. These remarkable terraces, formed over thousands of years by thermal springs rich in chalk, create an illusion of a glacial landscape. Pamukkale, also known as Hierapolis in ancient times, meaning 'sacred city', is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, attracting over 2 million visitors annually.

This site, originally established by the Kingdom of Pergamum, became a healing center thanks to its thermal waters. Many patients sought cures here, and those who couldn't be healed were buried in what is now the world's largest ancient necropolis, with over 1600 sarcophagi excavated and an estimated total of over 3000. Pamukkale is also significant for its connection to St. Philip the Apostle, who lived and was martyred in the city.

Located in Denizli Province, Pamukkale is easily accessible, being just a 20-minute drive from the center of Denizli City, and around 3 to 4 hours away from popular tourist destinations like Kusadasi, Selcuk, Izmir, and Antalya.

While a day trip to Pamukkale from Istanbul is possible, it's not recommended due to the distance. Instead, a 1-night, 2-day trip including both Ephesus and Pamukkale offers a more comprehensive experience.

For those in Kusadasi, the journey to Pamukkale is approximately 180km, taking about 3 hours by car. It's an excellent option for travelers staying overnight in Kusadasi, Sirince, or Selcuk. However, it might not be suitable for cruise ship passengers with less than 12 hours at Kusadasi Port due to the time constraints.

A visit to Pamukkale typically includes around 3 hours to explore the Hierapolis ruins, walk on the white terraces, and enjoy a swim in the Cleopatra Pools. The whole tour usually spans about 10 hours.

Visiting Pamukkale, alongside Ephesus, is highly recommended for those staying in Kusadasi, Sirince, or Selcuk. The site's unique white rock formations and status as the world's largest ancient necropolis make it a breathtaking and unforgettable destination.

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