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Places You should visit at least once in your lifetime: Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale, 18 km (11 miles) north of Denizli (map), is Turkey’s foremost mineral-bath spa because of its natural beauty: hot calcium-laden waters spring from the earth and cascade over a cliff. As they cool they form dramatic travertines of hard, brilliantly white calcium that form pools.

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Aptly named the Cotton Castle, this surreal landscape made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins derived from seventeen hot springs. The dazzling white travertines of hard calcium deposits resemble a mountain of snow from a distance. These travertine terraces form pools of hot water that cascade over the cliffs.

Together with the ruins of Hierapolis, Pamukkale is now a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Before the designation, the terraces were in danger of being destroyed through a combination of neglect and commercial development.


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