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View towards to South Gate & pool at the foothillView towards to South Gate & pool at the foothill

Looks plain from a distance, but come closer...Looks plain from a distance, but come closer...

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one day enought to visit pamukkale travertine and hierapolis

by jbkwanj


I am planning to visit Istanbul in first week of September for 5 days..Plan is to take a flight from Istanbul to Denizli on a Sunday morning stay for overnight at a local hotel at Pamukkale and return to Istanbul via next morning's flight.

Can you let me know if there are any tours available to visit Hierapolis and travertine in a day. Is is worth visiting Pamukkale for a day?

I am assuming toutsit attracvtion in pamukkale will stay open on sunday.. Correct me if I am wrong..


Re: one day enought to visit pamukkale travertine and hierapolis

by al2401


Hierapolis and the hot springs and travertines of Pamukkale are within walking distance of each other and are easily seen in a day. there is not much else to see in Pamukkale in my opinion.

Re: one day enought to visit pamukkale travertine and hierapolis

by mitata

As the previous poster said, one day is enough.

To get more info you may visit the below link

Re: one day enought to visit pamukkale travertine and hierapolis

by melek02

Yes, 1 day is enough they are located about 100 m from each other :) Hierapolis is small acient town and 1-2 hours is enough to visit it, Pamukkale terraces will not take much time as well. Also there is Cleopatra swimming pool and you can swim and relax there little bit.
It depends which month you are going but in the day time it can be VERY crowded with tourist groups, so try to go there early in the morning.
The sites located not in Denizli itself but about 30 km away, you will have to take taxi or bus to go there from Denizli airport. I believe there are direct overnight buses from Istanbul, at least in summer.
Don’t expect it to be like white castle in the picture, it is great site of turkey but in my opinion it is to far to go there for 1 day from Istanbul. Istanbul is great city and you can easily spend a week exploring its sites :)

Re: one day enought to visit pamukkale travertine and hierapolis

by jbkwanj

Thanks a lot for all your posts.

I am planning to go to Istanbul on 3rd september.. Are the attractions of pamukkale open on Sunday? I am planning to visit pamukkale on Sunday.


Re: one day enought to visit pamukkale travertine and hierapolis

by al2401

Sorry, I can't be 100% sure but I was there on a Saturday and every other place I went to on Sunday was open

Travel Tips for Pamukkale

Historical Hierapolis background

by Kuznetsov_Sergey

Hierapolis means in Greek: 'holy city'. It was the ancient city on top of the famous Pamukkale hot springs. Now Hierapolis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It's called Hierapolis because of its Mother goddess Cult.
Information about Hierapolis is limited. There are only a few historical facts known about the origin of the city. It is known that the king of Pergamum, Eumenes II, founded the city in 190 BC. It was named Hierapolis after the Amazon's Queen Hiera, the wife of Telephos, the founder of Pergamum. (Pergamum is also called Pergamon or Pergamos).

Hierapolis was completely destroyed by the earthquake in 60 A.D. during the time of Roman Emperor Nero. During the reconstruction after the earthquake, the city lost its Hellenistic Style and became a typical Roman City. Right after the Roman period started, Hierapolis became an important center because of its commercial and religious position. In 80 A.D. St. Philip came to Hierapolis and was murdered by the Jewish inhabitants.

Hierapolis was conquered by the Turks at the end of the 12th century A.D.
Learn more here.

Take off your shoes

by Diana75

When you enter the basins you are informed that you should take off your shoes.

This is not only the best way to experience these unique sensations, but it also for protection reasons.

Unfortunately I've seen during my both visits there many persons walking with the shoes on which obviously didn't understood we are very lucky to enjoy this wonder but it's also our responsibility to protected it.


by sandysmith

Most people are so intent on seeing Pammukkale that they miss another thermal centre just 5km northwest from there. This place KARAHAYIT has high iron content in the water which makes for some interesting photos of the red and green striated rocks there.

Go for a dip

by Bregman

A visit to Pamukkale is not complete without a relaxing swim in the pools. I use the verb swim loosely here... What I really mean is relax. The Turkish name means Cotton Castle and it is quite obvious where this name has come from. The entire mountain slope is covered with white chalk and little shallow pools of milky white water. Because of the chalk, the water is warm, which makes it a perfect place for relaxation in the sun.


by ania70pl

The ruins of Hierapolis are the attraction when you come to Pamukkale. The city was founded in 190 B.C. by Eumenes II, king of Pergamon. In the 2nd and 3rd centuries, it reached the height of its development as a Roman thermal bath center.
Hierapolis has such extensive ruins which is suggested: the city walls, the octagonal Martyrium of St. Philip, the 2nd century theater, Temple of Apollo, basilica, then the necropolis which covers 2 km². and contains some of the best examples of tomb styles; it is one of the best-preserved ancient cemeteries in all of Anatolia


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