Cleopatra’s Pool, also known as the Cleopatra Antique Pool and the Pamukkale Antique Pool, is a UNESCO Worl Heritage located near Turkey’s famous white travertine terraces. Not sharing the appearance of these structures, the pool’s stone design is nestled within an exotic landscape.
Convenient, historical, and accessible, this oasis is popular among day-trippers from the larger surrounding cities. Rumored to be a man-made gift from Marc Antony to Cleopatra, though it’s unclear if she ever visited, there was once an ornate temple honoring Apollo with towering Doric columns made of marble.
Unfortunately, during the 7th century, an earthquake knocked down many of the columns, which now rest within the pool. There are other theories about its with some believing it was formed by an earthquake in 692 A.D. A marvel to historians, the ruins of Hierapolis, an ancient Greco-Roman city founded around 190 B.C., can also be seen past the pool.
The Pool and Facilities
The mineral water in Cleopatra’s Pool is often nicknamed “champagne water”. Small gas bubbles are released from the floor of the pool creating an effervescent effect. Unlike champagne, the water hovers between 95° to 99℉. A large pool that snakes around in a semi-circle, the landscape around the pool is full of trees and lush gardens.
Resembling a high-end swimming pool, the site was carefully designed with rock walls lining the perimeter. Boasting several small fountains that act as mini waterfalls, the crystal blue water boasts high levels of calcium and has an average depth of 3-5 feet. There are, however, parts that drop to 15-20 feet, though some of the deeper areas are restricted for safety reasons.
If you’re a history buff, you might enjoy bringing some snorkeling gear to explore the ruins throughout the pool. You can get up close and personal with ancient columns that lay submerged in the water. Having a pebble-covered floor, guests with sensitive feet may benefit from wearing water shoes.
Only having a fee for those who wish to swim, which is good for two hours, the lounging area is open to those who wish to dry off, take a break, or simply watch as others enjoy Cleopatra’s Pool.
On-site, there is a cafeteria with plenty of outdoor seating. Providing visitors with snacks and drinks, there is also a souvenir shop for those who need a towel or are looking for a gift. A gorgeous, historic facility in Turkey that dates back centuries, those visiting the Pamukkale/Denizli area should plan a trip to the Cleopatra Antique Pool.
Nearby, visitors can also enjoy spending time at the Pamukkale Thermal Pools and aforementioned terraces.
Address: 20190 Pamukkale/Denizli, Turkey