Trip Start May 24, 2008
Trip End Jul 26, 2008

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Flag of Turkey  , Denizli,
Friday, June 6, 2008

The spa town of Pamukkale is firmly on the list of stops for most tourists in Turkey.  The area's warm mineral water not only attracts tourists today, but also attracted the Romans leading them to build the city of Hierapolis nearby - founded in 190 BC.  The calcium-rich waters of the area have created some unique formations which the pictures will show.

We also used the area as a base to visit Afrodisias - another wonderful archaeological site that was first inhabited around 5,000 BC.  In the 3rd century AD, it became the capital of the Roman province of Caria, with a population of 15,000.  After the Romans moved on, the city continued as a Christian cathedral city and then is believed to have been abandoned in the 12th century.  More often than not it seems that earthquakes had a lot to do with why settlements came and went around here.  I suppose this isn't very surprising.  I think I'd probably just carve statues and huge temples once or twice before deciding maybe I had done so in the wrong place.  In addition, the ever changing rule and conflicts in the area saw cities changing hands and the differences in mentality and religion often ended what existed before.
From here we will head south to the Mediterranean coast.  It's time to close the book on the Roman ruins and check out the other gems Turkey has to offer.
Jon and Liz
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