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Pamukkale - spa resort & hotels

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A dazzling white that even the darkness of night could not obscure… White, gilded silver waters moving under the moonlight… An innocent and gorgeous beauty under the sun – Pamukkale…

Pamukkale, 18 km from Denizli City, is not only a treat for the eye but also for the health, because of its travertine formation by calcareous waters from mountain springs, and through its curative waters with a natural temperature of about 35°C in every season of the year. Pamukkale continues to dispense health through its unique natural mineral waters, as it has since ancient times.

Lying on the lowest slopes of Mount Cokelez, and containing some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, Pamukkale maintains its position as a centre of health, religion and art. The ancient city of Hierapolis, located near Pamukkale, was founded by II. Eumenes, King of Pergamon, in 190 B.C.

Pamukkale’s special curative carbon dioxide rich waters help in the treatment of diseases of the heart and blood vessels, hypertension, rheumatic diseases, skin problems and metabolic disturbances. When this water is taken, it cures stomach spasms and acts as a diuretic. It is commonly used especially as an ancillary treatment for kidney and kidney stone problems, as well as for urinary problems.

Thermal water coming from Karahayit, a small town just 5 km from Pamukkale, is another carbon dioxide spring, but its content is somehow different. Karahayit curative water contains a high level of iron and manganese, and emerges from its source at 56°C, turning the earth red where it runs. This red colour is due to the oxidation of iron and the sedimentation of calcium carbonate. Karahayit spa water assists in curing acne, itching and other skin problems, as well as some heart and blood vessel problems, and also rheumatism.

The curative effects of the thermal/mineral waters of Pamukkale and Karahayit have been well known since the earliest times. Today, the balneo-hydrotherapeutic use of these waters is being increasingly combined with modern scientific therapeutic methods. While nearly all the hotels and resorts around Pamukkale mostly provide thermal water for recreation and relaxation, some have established modern spa facilities for therapeutic cures prescribed and supervised by experienced physicians and health professionals.

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