Photographer's Note

Pamukkale is Turkish for 'Cotton Castle' and it's aptly titled, as these silica terraces cover an entire hillside. You cannot swim in them anymore due to damage to the sides by thoughtless tourists, and a whole bunch of hotels and restaurants have been removed from the upper grounds as their wastewater discharge was also damaging the silica terraces. But there are artificial swimming pools higher up the mountains where you can still swim. Go for pools 2 to 5. Number 1 has a lot of floating algae. You must remove footwear though. If not, you will hear a shrill whistle and then a demand to leave and remove your shoes!

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16999 W: 1065 N: 37117] (169070)
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