Cotton Castel

Trip Start Jul 24, 2012
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Trip End Dec 17, 2012


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Flag of Turkey  , Denizli,
Friday, September 7, 2012

We took our first guided tour of the trip and it was quite good. We started outside the city of Pamukkale in a small town of 1000 people where there were red thermal springs.  This was because of the high amount of iron in the water.  One neat feature of this small town is they have there very own Antonio Banderas.  No joke, this man looks exactly like him.  From here we headed to Hierapolis.  Our entry was through an old graveyard.  Pamukkale and the thermal springs were thought to have special healing power, so many people would travel from far away to be healed.  This did not always cure every disease, so a big graveyard was needed.  Our guide described one of the tombs we saw as a recyclable grave.  Every 10-15 years the guards would roll away the stone, move the bones to the hole in the middle of the tomb, and then sell it as new grave to 6 more unsuspecting wealthy foreigners. We also saw gladiator graves which were marked with the symbols of a shield, sword, trident and trophy.  The final graves were family graves some of which were partly underground and looked like mounds to prevent theft. Next, we came to the bath house, as you would need to wash before entering the city.  Once inside the gate, there was the bathroom.  Our guide described that after using the bathroom, you would clean yourself with a sponge on a stick.  This sponge was used by everyone who used the bathroom, it was just cleaned in the clean water running at your feet.  eeeewww  From here we went up towards the theater and then headed down to the thermal pools.  These pools have become a UNESCO world heritage site in 1988 and because of this, all the hotels built on top of the cliffs had to be torn down.  Now, you can walk through the pools on the side, but not bath in them.  This is done barefoot to protect the deposits.  As you can see from the pictures it was very beautiful here and we really enjoyed our time.  
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