Pamukkale has always been a very popular settlement where the hot springs were believed to have healing powers, so the city became the center of a pagan cult in Antiquity and spa resort today. The terraces were formed by running warm spring water, at a temperature of 35 C / 102 F containing calcuim bicarbonate. Hierapolis, whose name means "sacred city," was believed by the Ancient to have been founded by the god Apollo. It was famed for its sacred hot springs, whose vapors were associated with Pluto, got of the underworld. Hierapolis and Pamukkale were listed on the world Heritage sites of UNESCO in 1988.
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