Turkey 4 – Pamukkale – The Cotton Castle & Hierapolis Ancient City

House of Virgin Mary

The House of Virgin Mary is located on the top of the “Bulbul” mountain 9 km ahead of Ephesus, we went there early in the morning before leaving Ephesus.

The house of Virgin Mary is an example of Roman architectural building entirely made of stones back in the 4th AD.  The quiet house is surrounded by the lush greenery.

You can light the candle inside the house and offer a prayer and have some quiet moment.  Really serene and peaceful place.

Wishing wall outside the House of Virgin Mary

The wishing wall nearby House of Virgin Mary which pilgrims have used by tying their personal wishes and hope on white paper or fabric.

The ancient city of Hierapolis at Pamukkale – Unesco World Heritage Site

The city of Hierapolis is located near the cotton castle.  First we visited the city Hierapolis before dipping our feet to the cotton white pool.  When we reached the site, what caught my eyeballs was the Pamukkale cotton castle, the white milky fairy looking pool, I was not so much attracted by the ancient city of Hierapolis.

Front Gate of Hierapolis

There is a wooden platform to walk through the gate and see the whole city of Heirapolis.  Thousand of rocks which are the base for the ancient building behind me.

To be frank, I am kind of tiring of looking at the old ruins for the past few days.  After all I am not an archaeologist!  Hierapolis, an ancient city was founded as a thermal spa then became a healing center where doctors used the thermal spring water nearby as a source of treatment for the patients.

City of Hierapolis from Afar

Because we were rushing for the sunset at the cotton castle, so we din’t really walk all the way up to check out the ancient city of Hierapolis.  If you arrive by noon, then you may have enough time.  I heard there is a big Roman theater which can sit up to 15000 people.  There is also the Cleopatra’s Pool, water is warm enough to bath and drink too.

Bizzare Geological Phenomenon Alien Looking Pool – Pamukkale Cotton Castle

When I saw this big white cottony appearance pool, I was speechless!  This is one of the bizarre geological phenomenon which I have seen so far.  For once, I thought I was in another planet.  But soon I was awaken by hundreds of tourists beside me.


Pamukkale is situated in a small town in south western Turkey, it is better known with its mineral-rich thermal water/hot spring water that flow down the bright white terraces of a steep valley side.  The doctor in the city of Hierapolis would use this thermal water which contain high minerals to help cure patients.

Breathtaking Sunset view at Pamukkale

We stayed a little longer to watch for the exceptional sunset view at Pamukkale.

Take off your shoes and stroll 

We took off our shoes and soaked our feet on the warm thermal water.  It was a great feeling. No shoes is allowed as it would damage the path.  The water is not very deep here, slightly above the ankle only.  Do bring along a tower to dry your feet after soaking into the thermal water, else you may catch a cold.

Water is so blue and clean!

It is very slippery when we stroll along the water with our barefoot.  One need to be extra careful, else you may fall down to the valley, quite dangerous.  I saw few tourists fell down to their butts, luckily not down to the valley.

View from the top of Cotton Castle

Before the night turn dark, I saw the houses at the foot of the mountains has already turned on their home lights which make the whole place even more beautiful.

In winter sunset start at around 4.30 pm onward.  Before 5.30 pm the whole place is considered really dark.  So you may want to plan your sunset view accordingly.  This is one of the highlight in my Turkey tour.  When I think of Turkey, I think of Pamukkale, the blue water in the white cotton castle.

Turkey 4 – Pamukkale – The Cotton Castle & Hierapolis Ancient City

  • House of Virgin Mary
  • Wishing wall outside the House of Virgin Mary
  • The ancient city of Hierapolis at Pamukkale – Unesco World Heritage Site
  • Front Gate of Hierapolis
  • City of Hirapolis from Afar
  • Bizzare Geological Phenomenon Alien Looking Pool – Pamukkale Cotton Castle
  • Breathtaking Sunset view at Pamukkale – plan you time to stay for sunset
  • Take off your shoes and stroll 

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