Italian archaeologists have discovered what they believe to be the ‘Gates of Hell’ in Pamukkale. The find, announced by Professor Francesco d’Andria at a recent conference on Italian archaeology in Istanbul, included an inscription dedicated to Pluto and Kore, god and goddess of the Underworld.
The Greek geographer Strabo wrote of his experience of the cave where visitors were encouraged to hurl animals into its poisonous maw to watch the instant effect. ‘This space is full of a vapour so misty and dense that one can scarcely see the ground,’ he wrote. ‘Any animal that passes inside meets instant death.’
Photo: view of Pamukkale (Dick Osseman)