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Pamukkale

Pamukkale, which literally means "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site in south-western Turkey containing hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water.

 

The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white "castle" which is in total about 2,700 metres (8,900 ft) long and 160 metres (520 ft) high. The hot springs have been used as a spa since the 2nd century BC, where people came to soothe their ailments.

 

Pumukkale, in combination with the ancient city of Hierapolis, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Taken on October 7, 2007