Hierapolis and the Cascades

 

The first Greek/Roman city we visited was called Hierapolis. This city was more of a vacation town back in its time. The city itself dates back to around 200 A.D. The ruins were not as complete as the ruins we saw elsewhere in Turkey, but it was still a fantastic experience. What was left on the site included: a Greek theater, the bases of temples, the market place of the city, and some graves. The rolling hills engulfed the city site. I could tell it started as a Greek city because the architecture flowed into the surrounding landscape. Greeks tended to build in that manner, especially when it came to building semi-circular theatres. The view from while standing on the city ruins was spectacular. Snow capped mountains lined the horizon in the distance. It was a beautiful site to roam around and explore on the bright, sunny day we visited.

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Also on site, were the Cascades. On the side of the hill laid an enormous, natural limestone deposit. From a distance, it appeared that a portion of the hill was covered in a large drift of snow. However, it was the pure white limestone. Fresh water flowed down the side of the limestone. It settled in small pools as it trickled down the hillside. The pools were no deeper than about a foot and a half and there were about eight to ten pools staggered. We were allowed to walk through the running water and these pools. The water felt so refreshing on my calves. It was a gorgeous light blue color. The contrast between the deep blue sky, the light blue water, and the pure white limestone rock was beautiful. The bottoms of the pools were covered in wet, fine sand. I think it was sand composed of limestone. It was the softest sand I had every felt. After walking through it, my feet felt like they had just received a pedicure. 

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