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  • Address: Pamukkale, Turkey

Perhaps better known by tourists as Pamukkale, Hierapolis is an ancient city of the Lycus River valley famed for its sacred hot springs.

There’s a lot to see at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, whose most popular attraction includes the thermally heated Sacred Pool where you can swim among the remains of ancient Roman columns, toppled into the water by various earthquakes.

Among the ruins are the remains of the Temple of Apollo (Apollo was believed by ancients to have been the divine founder of the city), the Gate of Domitian, the tomb of Flavius Zeuxis, necropolis (graveyard), the Plutonium (a cave believed to have been the entrance to the underworld), and the theater.

Among these, the theater is perhaps the most well-preserved. Constructed around 200BC, it could hold 20,000 spectators in its day. These days, just 30 rows remain.

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As you near Hierapolis, you won’t be able to miss seeing the spectacular white terraces of Pamukkale. Easily viewed from the ancient city, these terraces are created by a natural build up of calcium carbonate, a by-product of the hot spring water that flows down the slopes.

 Hierapolis (Pamukkale) is 270km (168mi) from Izmir and takes approximately 4.5 hours by road.

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Pamukkale Hot Springs and Hierapolis Ancient city, Antalya, null
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Pamukkale Hot Springs and Hierapolis Ancient city

Visit miracle of the world – cotton castle of Pamukkale - white terraces, down of which the thermal water is flooding. Bathe in a thermal antique Cleopatra’s ...  Read more

Location: Antalya, Turkey
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $91.26
Pamukkale Hierapolis Day Tour from Kemer, Kemer, Day Trips
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Pamukkale Hierapolis Day Tour from Kemer

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Enjoy this full-day tour from Kemer to visit Pamukkale hot springs and travertines, which contains terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. ...  Read more

Location: Kemer, Turkey
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $57.04
Pamukkale and Hierapolis Day Tour from Belek, Belek, Day Trips
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Pamukkale and Hierapolis Day Tour from Belek

Visit Pamukkale hot springs that contain travertines, see the terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. Then visit the ancient city of ...  Read more

Location: Belek Belediyesi, Turkey
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $85.56

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