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Pamukkale Terraces

Photo by Mauricio Abreu / JWL / Aurora Photos

Pamukkale Terraces

Anatolia, Turkey

When visiting Pamukkale, it’s hard to resist the urge to wade through this otherworldly landscape of hot springs and travertines -- natural terraces formed by calcium deposits left by the flowing mineral-rich water. Pamukkale means “cotton castle” in Turkish, and indeed the billowing white rocks, which you may only traverse with bare feet, look like a home for the rulers of a fantasy realm. In the second century B.C., royalty and commoners alike came here to dip their toes in these healing waters and build the nearby city of Hierapolis, the remains of which, together with Pamukkale, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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