The Cotton Castle - Gift from Nature
The glittering white travertine of Pamukkale makes one of the most familiar images of Turkey. Less well known are the extensive ruins of ancient Hierapolis, whose name means “sacred city” and which was believed by the ancients to have been founded by the god Apollo. It was famed for its sacred hot springs, whose vapors were associated with Pluto, god of the underworld. The city also had a significant Jewish community and was mentioned by Paul the Apostle in his Letter to Colossians. Today, Hierapolis is a World Heritage Site and popular tourist destination. In addition to interesting Roman ruins, the site offers a thermal Sacred Pool in which you can swim with ancient artifacts, a view of the spectacular white terraces of Pamukkale.
In the Bible
Hierapolis is mentioned only once in the Bible, when St. Paul praises Epaphras, a Christian from Colossae, in his letter to the Colossians. Paul writes that Epaphras “has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis” (Colossians 4:12-13). Epaphras was probably the founder of the Christian community at Hierapolis.
Ancient tradition also associates Hierapolis with a biblical figure, reporting that Philip died in Hierapolis
Rafting at Acıpayam - rivers connecting to Güney Falls.
g2o Cultural Tip
Deep into Sacred Pool and enjoy swimming along the marble and ancient columns.
g2o Hot Table
Eat at Kebabci Halil, try Denizli Kebab.
Eat at Değirmende Restaurant, try Kaşarlı Alabalık (cheese covered trout) cooked in a very special oven.