ARCHAEOLOGY > ‘Gate to Hell’ dug up in Turkey

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Pluto’s Gate, the legendary portal to the underworld in Greco-Roman mythology and tradition, has been located in Turkey, according to Italian archaeologists, Discovery News reported.

Pluto’s Gate – known as Ploutonion in Greek and Plutonium in Latin – is reportedly in the southwestern province of Pamukkale, where the ancient Phrygian city of Hierapolis is.

A cave where the ruins were located emits dangerous gases as the ancient gate was said to be filled lethal mephitic vapors, according to historical sources. 

A team of archaeologists led by Italian Professor Francesco D'Andria made the discovery, and it was announced at a conference in Istanbul last month.

“We found the Plutonium by reconstructing the route of a thermal spring. Indeed, Pamukkale's springs, which produce the famous white travertine terraces, originate from this cave,” D'Andria told Discovery News.

“We could see the cave's lethal properties during the excavation. Several birds died as they tried to get close to the warm opening, instantly killed by the carbon dioxide fumes,” D'Andria said.


Digital reconstruction of "Pluto's Gate" by Francesco D'Andria


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Misses Ataturk

4/11/2013 2:22:27 PM

R Frank - Yes, Turkey is currently a secular state and I hope it stays that way. Unfortunately I'm sure in short time the AKP will change all that and make it an islamic state and ruin what Ataturk did for us :(

Vargen Vargen

4/4/2013 9:48:05 PM

Michael. Glad you had a good time. Turkey is very beautiful. What I mean with quality tourists is not the same as wealthy tourists. What I mean is basically tourists who are coming to see things, as oposed to the mass market tourism like the "all inclusive" or heards of drunks (mainly from Europe and Russia). Those tourists can go anywhere for an all inclusive and it does not really matter if it is Marocco, Tunisia or Turkey, since they spend all the time inisde the premisses anyways.

american american

4/4/2013 2:29:40 PM

where does it lead? mecidiyikoy?


4/4/2013 12:40:28 PM

We were shown a locked entrance to the Plutonium by a Turkish guide in 1996. Very interesting - YES. Major discovery - NOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

Brit in Turkey

4/4/2013 12:26:26 PM

Murat: In Australia?


4/4/2013 4:45:26 AM

Maybe if we look more carefully we will find the exit too!

R Frank

4/3/2013 8:22:21 PM

I have traveled throughout Turkiye many times. Everywhere you go the people are generous and friendly. Sure the tourist boat in Istanbul are assaulted by sellers. This occurs everywhere in the world. But travel the back road and villages and you will find a spectacular world. A friend told me once dig anywhere in Turkiye and you will find history. Try reading the Bible and you will be surprised. Forget the relegious stories. Turkiiye is a secular state just like the United States.

Michael Cleverley

4/3/2013 7:36:04 PM

Vargen, I love Turkey, I am not a "quality" tourist, not rich. I use your wonderful coach network to travel around. Istanbul is my favourite city and I have never had any difficulty getting around. I am 70 and travel alone. I think your infra-structure is mostly very good. Turks should be proud of what they have to offer. You will not find the rich such an asset as you think, they stay in big hotels, owned by others.

Faruk Beisser

4/3/2013 4:15:18 PM

Vargen, for once I agree with you, but you should have added a few more things, like stopping the ripoff of tourists by charging extreme higher entrance fees than for natives, charging higher prices for goods for a foreigner, and worst of all the molesting by hanutcular.

Roberto L Tanizaki

4/3/2013 11:38:24 AM

Trulily, Turkey is rich in history, as is its historical capital Istanbul. I wonder if the Turkish Olympic Committee emphasized this in the country's Olympic bid.
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