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These are a set of bizarre calcium cliff bathing pools overlooking the town of Pamukkale. You can access them via a toll-booth, however tough pollution control regulations require removing your shoes in order to walk on them (so bring something to put your shoes in!), so the travertines stay white as ever. This job is made tougher in winters when the water flowing down the chalky cascades will be freezing cold. You can avoid the climb and take a taxi to the top of the hill and enter from the side of Hierapolis. But the real charm of the place lies in experiencing these travertines
 
These are a set of bizarre calcium cliff bathing pools overlooking the town of Pamukkale. You can access them via a toll-booth, however tough pollution control regulations require removing your shoes in order to walk on them (so bring something to put your shoes in!), so the travertines stay white as ever. This job is made tougher in winters when the water flowing down the chalky cascades will be freezing cold. You can avoid the climb and take a taxi to the top of the hill and enter from the side of Hierapolis. But the real charm of the place lies in experiencing these travertines
  
These petrified waterfalls/travertine are a [[UNESCO World Heritage List|UNESCO World Heritage site]]. The admission cost is 50TL (as of May 2019). This price includes addmission to nearby Roman city of Hierapolis as well. Lower parts of the travertine cascades are reported to have better views than the top.
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These petrified waterfalls/travertine are a [[UNESCO World Heritage List|UNESCO World Heritage site]]. The admission cost is 25 TL (as of June 2014). This price includes addmission to nearby Roman city of Hierapolis as well. Lower parts of the travertine cascades are reported to have better views than the top.
  
 
Day tours are offered for around 45 Lira (as of January 2010) including English-speaking guide, entrance fee to Hierapolis and the travertines and  buffet lunch. Different companies seem to offer similar tours, ask around. Such tours leave from the Pamukkale bus company office on the main street opposite the travertines, and the Koray Hotel. There may be tours starting from other places around the town as well. For those who rather not visit the travertines under the scorching sun, there are also night tours as well, which start from small guesthouses.
 
Day tours are offered for around 45 Lira (as of January 2010) including English-speaking guide, entrance fee to Hierapolis and the travertines and  buffet lunch. Different companies seem to offer similar tours, ask around. Such tours leave from the Pamukkale bus company office on the main street opposite the travertines, and the Koray Hotel. There may be tours starting from other places around the town as well. For those who rather not visit the travertines under the scorching sun, there are also night tours as well, which start from small guesthouses.
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Other than the travertines, places worth a look around Pamukkale are:
 
Other than the travertines, places worth a look around Pamukkale are:
 
* The great (12,000-seat) '''Roman amphitheater of Hierapolis''' should not be missed, and lies just above the travertines.  
 
* The great (12,000-seat) '''Roman amphitheater of Hierapolis''' should not be missed, and lies just above the travertines.  
* Swim with roman ruins in a large natural swimming pool located just past the topmost travertines. (50TL admission to the pools, free admission to visit. 5TL for lockers)
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* Swim with roman ruins in a large natural swimming pool located just past the topmost travertines.  
 
* Another lesser known site, but one that holds a considerable significance Biblically is '''Laodikya''', just 10 km (10 minutes on a local ''dolmuş'') from Pamukkale on the Denizli road. It's mentioned in the Bible as one of the 7 Churches of Revelation and even though it hasn't been reconstructed as much as the more famous sites like [[Ephesus]], is a great place to experience the Roman history without the crowds. A peaceful way to spend a day looking at ruins but also the beautiful scenery there as well.
 
* Another lesser known site, but one that holds a considerable significance Biblically is '''Laodikya''', just 10 km (10 minutes on a local ''dolmuş'') from Pamukkale on the Denizli road. It's mentioned in the Bible as one of the 7 Churches of Revelation and even though it hasn't been reconstructed as much as the more famous sites like [[Ephesus]], is a great place to experience the Roman history without the crowds. A peaceful way to spend a day looking at ruins but also the beautiful scenery there as well.
 
* '''Karahayit''', the red spring is also 5 minutes from Pamukkale, not even nearly as big as the calcium outcrop, but worth a look or if you want to try their mud baths. Springs and mud bath located at the northern edge of the town.
 
* '''Karahayit''', the red spring is also 5 minutes from Pamukkale, not even nearly as big as the calcium outcrop, but worth a look or if you want to try their mud baths. Springs and mud bath located at the northern edge of the town.

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