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06/10/2014 07:19 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Get Wet, Wild And Ridiculously Gorgeous At Pamukkale Hot Springs, Turkey

We knew we needed to see Pamukkale... but we never realized how badly we wanted to swim in it.

The region of stunning Turkish pools -- whose name means “cotton castle” -- has welcomed bathers to its restorative mineral waters for thousands of years. And it looks like summer 2014 will be no exception.

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histrical beauties of denizli in turkey

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histrical beauties of denizli in turkey

The Pamukkale site includes a step-like stack of travertines, or calcium carbonate shelves, filled with warm, milky-blue water. The formation is so striking that the ancient Romans built a spa town here, and UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in the 80s.

You can visit Pamukkale by day, when the pools sparkle with naturally heated, 96-degree water. And when that sun goes down? Winning.

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histrical beauties of denizli in turkey

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