A UNESCO World Heritage Site, an antique pool located in Denizli province’s Pamukkale district continues to attract tourists from home and abroad.
Naturally formed in 692 A.D. when an earthquake demolished pillars causing water to flood the area, the site is a pleasant experience for visitors with a constant temperature of 36 degrees Celsius.
Every day, around 2,400 visitors go to the pool for a swim to experience the history and beauty of the region. With an unprecedented view featuring ancient pillars and marble pieces, the site is a popular tourist destination.
“Pamukkale is not only made up of travertines. The region’s ancient pool is one of the oldest pools in the world,” Denizli Museum Director Hasan Huseyin Baysal explained.
Pamukkale, known as Hierapolis in antiquity, has traditionally been a popular health destination throughout history. Baysal said the region was famous for public baths and health centers during the Roman period and continues to provide relief for a variety of ailments.
“This is the second-most popular spot for visitors after the travertines in Pamukkale. The site is most frequented by Russian tourists, but many people from around the world want to have this experience. The pool is also known for its healing properties and is beneficial for many diseases. It has been scientifically proven that when the water from the pool is consumed, it helps with various stomach diseases. Likewise, swimming in the pool is an effective treatment for rheumatic diseases, and using the water to flush the eyes can relieve any related optical discomfort and diseases,” Baysal said.
Source: Daily Sabah