Pamukkale is one of the World’s Heritage Sites in the Southwestern of Turkey. Along with Hierapolis – meaning the Holy city – Pamukkale is conceded as one of the World’s Heritage Sites considering its natural beauty of ladden-hot spring. Observing Pamukkale, the Turkish word for cotton castle, makes people doubt that this place was formed naturally because it seems so sturdy and well-structured. The words cotton castle symbolizes Pamukkale well for it has the beauty of natural cotton-color laddering hot springs. Most people call it as the prettiest natural swimming pool on earth because Pamukkale has a collection of 17 pools containing warm water where people sometimes bath.
The popularity of Pamukkale makes it visited by thousands people each year causing many hotels, roads, and restaurants popping out around the hot spring. All of these accommodations and facilities give advantages as well as disadvantages to both visitors and the citizens. On one occasion, the tourists and citizens get better facilities and access; on the other hand, this natural heritage site is threatened by the development of buildings and the passing by vehicles. As a result, when Pamukkale was officially claimed as one of the World’s Heritage Sites, these hotels and roads were wiped out of the area of this remaining beautiful site.
The volcanic activity under Pamukkale’s ground is what actually causing the hot spring. The water flowing down the terraces of Pamukkale has the temperature about 33 degrees of Celcius and contains calcium carbonates causing the calcium sedimentation to form the terraces. The pearly-white terraces containing warm water invite the visitors to feel different sensation of swimming or bathing in some of the pools. However, swimming and bathing are now forbidden in Pamukkale for the shake and safety of the tourists themselves because the terraces are quite fragile that it may collapse when holding too heavy loads.
The restriction of swimming or bathing in Pamukkale doesn’t lower the people’s interest to visit the site. The chance to sight such natural wonder is more than enough to keep people appearing every year.