Pamukkale's Antique Pool remains
from Roman times, when it was the spiritual
center of the spa city of Hierapolis.
The modernized pool is the
prime public place for a swim
at this hot-springs resort.
Surrounded by oleanders, palm trees,
pines and cypresses, and littered with
the fluted drums of fallen
columns, plinths and the occasional
capital from the nearby Temple
the pool is constantly refreshed by
an inflow of hot
calcium-laden mineral water.
Even so, it can look murky at times because of the number of swimmers.
The temperature of the water is
comfortably and pleasurably warm, not
pool is of varying depth. In most places,
an adult's feet can touch bottom with
head above water. Substantial areas
are shallower and suitable for children.
Entrance to the Antique
Admission for a swim
is a pricey TL32
per adult (13+ years), TL12
for a child 0 to 12 years of age. A locker to
store your belongings costs TL5. Towels are NOT provided as
part of the admission fee. You must
own, buy a towel (TL11
large), or air-dry. If you need to
buy a towel, you might want to do it
in a shop in Pamukkale Town or Denizli (or
some other town), where prices may
be substantially lower.
these fees supposedly admits you
for a period of two hours, but in fact
little checking of times is done;
two hours is plenty of time for an
enjoyable swim in any case.
There are men's and women's
changing rooms, toilets, souvenir shops, a snacks-and-drinks
shop, and plenty of tables
and chairs set in sun and shade for those who
wish not to swim, only to watch. (You
need not pay admission if you only
sit, and don't swim.)
—by Tom Brosnahan
cavort among marble Roman
columns in Pamukkale's Antique
Below, most visitors
come by tour bus.