World Heritage #0485 – Hierapolis-Pamukkale

Last updated Nov 7, 2019 | Published on Jun 10, 1992Middle East and Africa, Turkey, World Heritage Sites

Come for a bath and a look at the great white terraces of Turkey.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

 

Official facts

Country: Turkey
Date of Inscription: 1988
Category: Cultural and natural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 485:

“Deriving from springs in a cliff almost 200 m high overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have created at Pamukkale (Cotton Palace) an unreal landscape, made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamon, established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site.”

 

My visit

I am not at all surprised that this “unreal” landscape is inscribed on the List. Spending a couple of weeks on the Turkish Mediterranean coast in 1992 I went up here on a day-trip. I was not disappointed.

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