Turkey’s "Eighth Wonder of the World"

  • Turkey’s   "Eighth Wonder  of the World"
  • Turkey’s   "Eighth Wonder  of the World"
  • Turkey’s   "Eighth Wonder  of the World"
  • Turkey’s   "Eighth Wonder  of the World"
  • Turkey’s   "Eighth Wonder  of the World"
  • Turkey’s   "Eighth Wonder  of the World"
Issue 35, May 2011.

Until forty or fifty years ago, Pamukkale was a place where travelers found peace and tranquillity amid the sacred spring that still lies exposed and in the deep silence of the tombs that lay scattered over the countryside towards the surrounding hills. In spite of the doubtful merits of present-day tourist industry developments, one can still confidently assert that Pamukkale has lost nothing of its former attractions. Pamukkale, which means 'Cotton Castle' in Turkish, is known to today’s Turks as the unofficial 8th wonder of the world. Pamukkale i  located in Turkey's Inner Aegean region, in the River Menderes valley, which enjoys a temperate climate over the greater part of the year.
The special qualities of the water which flows at Pamukkale has turned the area white as cotton and carved a fantastic formation of stalactites and basins. Pamukkale is a very popular destination for a short visit, the stunning white calcium pools, which cling to the side of the ridge, have been long been one of the most famous picture postcard views of Turkey. It is the largest and finest example of elaborate  calcium formation in the world, which dominates the landscape for miles around. Pamukkale was formed when a spring with a high content of dissolved calcium bicarbonate cascaded over the edge of the cliff, which cooled and hardened leaving calcium deposits. These formed into great natural pools, shelves and ridges, which tourists can plunge into and splash about in the hot water. According to ancient tradition, the waters within the pools is said to be advantageous in treating maladies. In this white wonderland there are an abundance of hot warm springs which are recommended for treatment of high  blood pressure, heart diseases, rheumatism, circulatory problems, nervous disorders, digestive maladies, nervous and physical exhaustion, eye & skin diseases and nutritional disorders. Hotels  first began springing up in the 1970s to cater for the influx of tourists, and shortly afterwards UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site. By the 1990s, the tourist trade took its toll on the state of the calcium pools and restrictions were put in place. Many hotels were knocked down, visitors are only allowed on major paths around the sites, and must remove footwear to stand on the calcium deposits. This seems to have been a successful move, as the water supply is now used for preservation and some of the damaged calcium deposits have been strengthened. The fairyland Pamukkale is something everyone
must see when they come to Turkey!
HOW TO GET THERE
Pamukkale Town is served by several major bus companies directly from Denizli Otogar (or Santral Garaj, bus terminal) in Denizli, (19km). Denizli Airport has several flights daily to and from Istanbul, which can be reached direct from Lviv on Turkish Airlines. Turkish Airlines’ representative office in Lviv is located at 4 Mickiewicza Sqr. And is open daily except Saturday.
For further details please call + 38032-297-08-49.