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Visit Pamukkale, Turkey

A series of striking white terraced basins cascading down the hillside: these are the limestone terraces of Pamukkale, or 'cotton castles' as the name means in Turkish.

Aphrodite Temple, AphrodisiasThe terraces have been created over time by hot springs and streams depositing carbonate minerals, and while sadly the springs no longer run through the terraces the local authorities fill certain sections at a time with water, to show what the area would have looked like in its prime. It is a beautiful sight, especially now tourists are not allowed to wander freely amid the terraces and must stick to a designated path.

Pamukkale's hotels, which were originally based around the terraces themselves, have all been moved and rebuilt further away, following a collaborated campaign between the Turkish government and a UNESCO committee to prevent overuse and pollution of the natural thermal waters, which fill the terraces.

The ancient city of Hierapolis is located on the ridge along the top of the terraces, and the two sites intermingle around the touristy 'Antique Pool' leisure complex, which is a spa centre housing a number of thermal pools for tourists' enjoyment.

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