Sacred Pool Tour, Hierapolis, Pamukkale

The Sacred Pool was the spiritual centre of Hierapolis during Roman rule. Now a prime tourist spot, you too can enjoy a swim in the warm calcium rich mineral water.

Hierapolis

Hierapolis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was built on top of Pamukkale in Hellenistic times. The hot springs there have been used as a spa since the 2nd century BCE, and people came to soothe their ailments, with many of them retiring or dying here. The large necropolis is filled with sarcophagi, including the Sarcophagus of Marcus Aurelius Ammianos.

Ruins at Hierapolis, Turkey

Hierapolis Ruins

The Grand Theatre has undergone some reconstruction and is well worth a visit. There are various other ruins including the ancient main street, baths and necropolis.

Sacred Pool

The Sacred Pool was the spiritual centre of Hierapolis during Roman rule. Now a prime tourist spot, you too can enjoy a swim in the warm calcium rich mineral water.

Hierapolis Museum

The great baths were constructed with huge stone blocks without the use of cement, and consisted of various closed or open sections linked together. There are deep niches in the inner section of the bath, library, gymnasium and other closed or open locations. The complex, which was constructed in the 2nd century BCE, constitutes a good example of vault type architecture. The complex is now an archaeological museum.

Where to stay

Pamukkale town has several hotels that can make a good overnight stay between Ephesus and the Mediterranean coastal town of Kas, Fethiye or Antalya. More hotels are found in Karahayit, 5 kms north of Pamukkale.