The eighth wonder of the world – Pamukkale

Amy from Poland shares her experience of visiting the Turkish Wonder of the World with us: “It is believed that if you have not visited Pamukkale, you have not seen Turkey. Pamukkale is a natural wonder that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. It is translated from Turkish as “cotton castle” and it is not difficult to guess why it got such a name. Stretching for a mile and a half, dazzling white travertines and calcium carbonate pools are in stark contrast to the green Turkish landscape. It is forbidden to walk in shoes here, so visitors walk barefoot. On every corner of Pamukkale there are guards who, seeing a person in shales, will definitely blow a whistle and ask him to immediately take off his shoes. The surface here is wet, but not slippery, so walking barefoot is quite safe. One of the reasons why you are asked not to walk in shoes is that shoes can damage fragile travertines. In addition, the surfaces of Pamukkale are quite bizarre, which makes walking barefoot very pleasant for the feet. In Pamukkale, as a rule, it is always noisy, there are a lot of people, especially tourists from Russia. They enjoy, swim and take photos. Russians love to travel even more than Poles! I am used to Russian speech, sounding constantly and from everywhere. But, in the end, we belong to the same Slavic group and the Russian language is somewhat similar to ours. For the purpose of a comfortable stay of tourists in Pamukkale, travertines are regularly drained here so that they do not overgrow with algae and retain their snow-white color. In 2011, the Pamukkale Nature Park was also opened here, which is very attractive for visitors. It is located right in front of the travertines and offers a wonderful view of the natural wonder – Pamukkale. Here, in the park, you will find a cafe and a very beautiful lake. Finally, the waters of Pamukkale, due to their unique composition, are known for their healing properties in skin diseases.”

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