Take me back to Turkey Part 3 - Ephese
We are heading north now after stopping in the seaside resort town of Antalya. It is a lovely sea side resort, perched on a cliff. My roommate and I went out for a walk after supper and wound up behind a mosque, in the old part of town amid broken columns and funerary stalls, it felt like a movie set. Later we stopped for tea in a restaurant that is located in an old hamam built in 1226. The waiter took us to visit the untouched part of the building. There was a dome over the central fountain, and it was pierced with shapes of the stars, we could see moonlight streaming through...an enchanting evening...
We visit the famous travertines
of Pamukkale also known as "cotton castle". A deep underground spring
of hot mineral saturated water has hollowed circular basins of earth. The mineral
has coated them in layers of white calcareous rock. From afar it looks like
snow but up close you see the difference. The site was closed for a time but
recently partially re-opened as it is a great tourist attraction. We got there
at sundown which made for a dramatic backdrop but also for a shortened visit.
It was nice to soak our feet in this warm water. The bottom is not as slippery
as it looks.
In ancient times it was believed to be sacred. It attracted a lot of pilgrims seeking cures for various ailments. As many of them died there it filled a huge necropolis in nearby Hierapolis.
Take me to Turkey Part 5 - Aphrodisias