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					        Gate To Hell In Turkey:
Archaeologists Discover Fabled Portal To
The Underworld Filled With Fatal Carbon
          Fumes In Istanbul
       Italian archaeologists have reportedly discovered the fabled Gate to
Hell, also known as Pluto’s Gate – Ploutonion in Greek – in southwestern Turkey.




      Francesco D'Andria via Discovery News

      A digital reconstruction of the Plutonium.

Celebrated as the portal to the underworld in Graeco-Roman mythology and
tradition, the ancient mythological cave is believed to be filled with foul-
smelling carbon fumes that can cause near instant death.

According to a Discovery News report, historians located the site in the ancient
Phrygian city of Hierapolis, which is now called Pamukkale. They described the
opening of the cave as filled with lethal mephitic vapors.

"This space is full of a vapor so misty and dense that one can scarcely see the
ground. Any animal that passes inside meets instant death," wrote Greek
geographer Strabo, who lived between 64 or 63 BC and about 24 AD. "I threw in
sparrows and they immediately breathed their last and fell.”

Apart from the cave, the team of archaeologists has discovered a nearby pool
where priests used to stay all night to receive visions. In addition to the pool,
some stairs, a temple, a column and a dedication to Kore and Pluto, the lords of
the underworld, were also unearthed by the archaeologists.
Only the priests were allowed near the opening. Other individuals watched the
rituals from the stairs.

However, individuals were permitted to release birds into the opening of the
cave to watch them die after they inhaled the lethal fumes. As part of certain
rituals, other animals such as bulls were led into the opening and dragged out
dead.

The archaeology team, which made the discovery, was led by Francesco
D'Andria, professor of classic archaeology at the University of Salento in Italy.
They announced the findings at a conference on Italian archaeology in Istanbul,
Turkey.

D'Andria, who has been conducting extensive archaeological research at the
World Heritage Site of Hierapolis, explained how he and his team found the
“Gate To Hell,” which is also called “Plutonium” in Latin.

“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,” said D'Andria, who also revealed that the
portal is still as deadly as it was in ancient times.

“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 noted.

According to history, the only one who could enter the “Gate To Hell” without
any damage were the eunuchs of Cybele, an ancient fertility goddess. "They hold
their breath as much as they can," Strabo wrote. The Greek geographer also
added that their immunity could have been due to their "menomation," "divine
providence" or "certain physical powers that are antidotes against the vapor,”
Discovery News reported.

				
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