Hierapolis thermal springs and ruins!

Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
Trip End Mar 28, 2011

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Flag of Turkey  , Denizli,
Monday, March 21, 2011

Day 11 (mid-afternoon)

Temperature:   18 degrees
Weather:  sunny with cloudy periods

Founded in 200 BC, Hierapolis's thermal springs made the city a popular spa during the Hellenistic times.  Today, as the ancient city laid in ruins, it was still very stunning to see and still attracts many visitors who come here to swim in its mineral-rich pools and to see the startling white travertine terraces of nearby Pamukkale.

I was out of breath when the popular natural thermal spring pool, littered with fragments of marble columns, was eventually reached.  It is rumored that these may have been the remains of a sacred pool associated with the Temple of Apollo.  Interesting facts!  As well, that Cleopatra swam here on a regular basis!   Wow!  And here I was walking on these grounds!

Looking around me, people were swimming in the stunning turquoise colored thermal pool.  Had I known about it, I might have been tempted to bring my bathing suit and jump right in….   Unfortunately, I didn’t have my bathing suit, nor the time to swim…after all we were on a tight schedule here….but I did take the time to view my surroundings while dreaming of Cleopatra bathing right here!  The whole area was completely enchanting!

With no time to spare, we then ran up a hill, a very steep hill before eventually reaching Hierapolis’s well-preserved theatre built in 200 BC.  It could sit 20,000 people but today, only 30 rows of seats survived many natural disasters such as earthquakes.   

By now, I was completely exhausted with all this running around.  I was puffing and huffing while Michel looked in much better shape than I.  Grnnn!   The view from the top of the theatre was incredibly breathtaking.  It made me forget all the pain I had running here!

With only fifteen minutes left to spare before departure time, we proceeded walking in the direction of the gate.  We passed by many marble ruins lying on the ground, many columns where tall green grass grew all around them, where small red poppy flowers decorated the fields and white and yellow ones added beauty to the landscape.  It was incredibly beautiful!

Monique   :-)    


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