The Roman Spa

Straddled between the Anatolian and Mediterranean worlds, Hierapolis “the Holy” was a sight to behold with its marble temples and white travertine flows resembling waterfalls of snow. They are actually formed by the outflow of warm water which is rich in calcium carbonate. Because here, in the centre of Turkey, the territory is seismic and unstable, and the ancients were attracted by these phenomena. They considered them divine, worshipping the poisonous fumes and building temples for the oracles. Today it’s the destination of hundreds of pilgrims (it is said that Philip the Apostle is buried here) as well as receiving one and a half million visitors a year. Who can’t wait to dive into its warm water pools and swim amongst columns and capitals dating back two thousand years.