Located in Konya province, Hadim Yerkoprusu is an oasis,
an open-air museum consisting of moss-covered travertine,
limestone pools, waterfalls and caves. But no magic
wand created this natural wonder. Instead its architects
are the mighty Goksu River and the smaller Karasu
and the avalanches of the Taurus Mountains.
Let us take a brief look at the thousand-year-old
story of this monument to nature.
First, avalanches of rocks crashing down the slopes
of the Goksu valley near the township of Hadim in
Konya province form a natural dam on the river. This
rushing stream, which arises in the Central Taurus
and empties into the Mediterranean, gets round the
barrier by going underground while the Karasu, a smaller
stream, follows the same course on the earth’s
surface. With time the limestone dissolved in the
crevices of the rocks brought down in avalanches forms
a cover over it and a thick travertine crust forms.
And then the two merge... Thundering down from a height
of 20 meters, the Karasu joins the Goksu at the place
where the bridge ends.