Photographer's Note

Pammukkale (Cotton Castle) is an incredible landscape of travertine terraces in south western Turkey. It's formed by calcium deposits from Hot Springs on the upper slopes. Cleopatra's Pool is in the ruined city of Hierapolis on the upper terrace and is 37c. The Turkish government stepped in 10 years ago and ordered the removal of illegal restaurants and guesthouses at the top that discharged their sewage and wastewater directly onto the terraces below. There has been a marked improvement with the terraces once again gleaming white, instead of a discoloured yellow. And pedestrian access is now restricted to the 4 artificial pools at the top. Formerly, people were climbing into the pools in the fg and breaking & fouling them. No shoes are allowed in the artificial pools. Avoid the top one as it has a lot of weed and algae in it. You can see where the people are now restricted to in the bg. They look like ants from this distance! To the left of me here there is a brick wall, which deters most people from finding this lookout, but there is an open gate in it, and this is the view I discovered. More info here:

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15795 W: 1056 N: 33143] (153984)
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