Ancient Civilisations have always been of much interest to the history geek. And when historical value, natural beauty and myths of miraculous properties come together to describe a particular place, there is no doubt in the fact that the travel enthusiast is automatically attracted to it. One such place of interest is the fabled Cleopatra’s Pool located in Modern day Turkey. The Pool is located as a part of the ancient Hierapolis city complex. Hierapolis is the remains of an ancient city which means “Holy City” in Greek. Located on hot springs in classical Phrygia in southwestern Anatolia, parts of the Hierapolis Archaeological complex have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site is close to Modern day Pamukkale in Turkey. Situated in the Turkish Aegean region, the place enjoys a temperate climate throughout the year.
Hierapolis was founded in 2nd Century B. C. as a thermal spa within the Seleucid Empire. The ruins consist of several important and architecturally notable springs. However the most distinct features of this ancient place are its natural thermal pools, one of which is called Cleopatra’s Pool. Cleopatra’s Pool is in fact a thermal Pool where visitors can go for a swim in exchange of an entrance fee. The great ambience and surroundings make the swim one of the most relaxing and rejuvenating experiences possible. Locker rooms, changing rooms, food and beverages are available on the premises keeping in mind tourist convenience. A swim in Cleopatra’s Pool is indeed a must do on a visit to Pamukkale.
Miraculous Properties of Cleopatra’s Pool
The hot springs of Hierapolis have been used as spas from as early as 2nd century B. C. Patrons have been known to choose Hierapolis as the place to retire for the fabled quality of its hot springs. Many even chose to die here and hence the Necropolis of the city is filled with Sacrophagi, which gives the city an unique historical intrigue. ( The graves are fascinatingly constructed as per the dead’s social and fiancial standing. There are simple graves for common people, raised sacrophagi for the rich and influential. Instances of larger family graves and monuments have also been found in the Necropolis.) Graves belonging to the late Hellenic period, Roman era and even the early Christian period have been found.
In fact, the city of Hierapolis was indeed well known as a health centre specially in the Roman Empire Period. Visitors from far and wide used to throng to the city to take a dip in one of its miraculous hot springs. There were fifteen of these springs in the city. Notable among them are the Antique Pool and Cleopatra’s Pool. One might find it interesting to know that the shape of the present day Antique Pool has been formed due to an earthquake in the 7th century A. D. The marble portico with an ionic arrangement fell into the pool during the earthquake and remains like that till today.
A bath in Cleopatra’s Pool has always been known to possess healing properties. It is actually a thermal pool where the water temperature ranges from 36 to 57 degree Celsius. The pH value of water is 5.8. Radon value is 1480 pico Ci per litre of water. The water has 2430 MG/liter melt metal value. The pool water is also rich in substances like bicarbonates, sulphates, iron and carbon dioxide. As can be gathered, the water of the spring is suitable for taking baths and drinking, and can be found to be beneficial.
Modern Day Cleopatra’s Pool
Today Cleopatra’s Pool is maintained by the Private sector and is open all the year round to allow visitors to swim in its waters. Here we have compiled a short list of essential information you might find handy if you plan to go for a swim in Cleopatra’s Pool.
1. Entrance Fee: An Entrance Fee of 30 TL is charged from visitors looking for a swim in the spring.
2. Availability: The Pool is open around the year.
3. Locker Room Facilities: The administration provides the facility of changing rooms and lockers for the convenience of tourists. However, towels are not available.
4. You might be able to avail for a discount on the entrance fee to the Cleopatra’s Pool if you have booked a package tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis beforehand.
5. Food and Beverage: Cafes and counters present in the premises serve good quality food and beverage at reasonable prices. Thus after the beautiful and breathtaking swim you can laze beside the pool lapping up an ice cream.
To summarise, Cleopatra’s Pool indeed is visited by tourists around the year. Hence though you will never find the waters of the spring devoid of swimmers, the number of swimmers is not large enough to deny you a rejuvenating swim and a healing experience tat you have been promised. If you have to even queue up, the breathtaking experience of the pool and its warm waters will make sure that your toil was worth it. Thus if you plan on visiting Pamukkale, Turkey anytime make sure that you do not miss a swim in the fabled Cleopatra’s Pool.
A swim atop ruins of history, what else can one ask for?