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(September 18-26, 2010)

aleksandar janicijevic

Seneca Hill

Michael Hundrieser

Ongoing Crossroad

Pamukkale/Hierapolis, Turkey

September 19, 2010

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Hierapolis/Pamukkale, the "Cleopatra Bath".

Standing on a bridge that crosses a flooded street of ancient Hierapolis, you have "multiple" crossroads.
Not only a physical crossing over a pool and an ancient street (Apollon Temple), but also a crossing over time.
Since the street was built, app. 250 BC, the pool was formed app. 700 AD by an earthquake that set the temple and street under water. Parts of the city became flooded too.

Hierapolis was famous for its baths and springs through all the times. It´s, like nearly all vulcanic springs, very healthy and supposed to be a good treatment against several different diseases.
The actual use as a touristic bath started in app. 1980 AD.
The city itself was closed to the public every time I was up there, even the museum had no open doors (2006 summer, 2010 September). It seems as if only the baths and the travertine terrace are of interest today. But there is much more behind that.

You can find more Pamukkale/Hierapolis images in our gallery.

September is a nice time to travel there, comfortable weather conditions and not so very crowded.


Canon 5D, Tokina ATX 107 @ 12mm, Monopod

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