Friday, October 04, 2013

Pamukkale - TURKEY - UNESCO #485

One more UNESCO card arrived today from Turkey, showing Pamukkale (meaning "cotton castle") - this strange but beautiful terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. Thank you very much Onder for another great contribution to my collection - 169 down, 812 to go. This postcard took 8 days to arrive!
 
UNESCO #485 - Hierapolis-Pamukkale, Denizli - TURKEY
 
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.
 

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