WHAT TO VISIT IN TURKEY?
Istanbul, a city used to changing the course of history, but if we immerse ourselves in the heart of the city, in the Sultanahmet neighborhood, we will find more places of interest, such as the Beyazit square, with the mosque that bears his name. And then the Cisterns of the Basilica, whose sea of columns testifies to the fame of Roman engineering.
Hagia Sophia Istanbul
Hagia Sophia is considered the greatest and sacred work of the Byzantine era. Nowadays, it is visited as a museum by numerous tourists who admire this great masterpiece. Hagia Sofia was used as a church for 916 years, from its construction in 537 until the day of the conquest of Istanbul in 1453. From that date until 1934, for 481 years, it was used as a mosque. After passing a complete restoration by order of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic, in February 1935, it was inaugurated as a museum.
Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
The present city of Istanbul in the past was known as Byzantium or Constantinople, and of all those historical moments there are monumental testimonies in the Turkish capital. However, Topkapi Palace can be considered as one of the great gems of ancient Constantinople, when from here the vast Ottoman Empire was ruled, which extended over much of the Mediterranean and distant lands to Turkey.
Cappadocia is undoubtedly one of the places with longest history of humanity, east of Turkey, in a semi-desert area, caves carved by thousands in valleys where ancient volcanic eruptions formed the landscape, today are open-air museums. The caves that conserve incredible churches, temples and monasteries of the early stages of Christianity, are beautiful conical formations product of the erosion of thousands of years of winds and water.
The Mosque of Sultan Ahmed is generally known as the Blue Mosque because of the color of the tiles that cover the walls inside. Its name refers to the name of its founder, Ahmed I. He became a sultan at an early age of 14, and when he was 19 years old, he decided to build a mosque that would surpass Ayasofya in his glory. Initiated in 1610, the mosque was completed after the death of Ahmed I in 1617. Its architect, Mehmed Aga, was apprenticed to the celebrated Sinan. The mosque is considered to be the last example of classical Ottoman architecture.
Bosphorus from Istanbul
There is no other city like Istanbul, the largest in Turkey. Separated by a narrow strait called the Bosphorus, Istanbul is located between the European and Asian continents, which makes it a privileged point for flights to Istanbul.
By day or by night, this ancient Byzantine jewel is a fascinating place to explore. However, the views are even more striking at dusk, when the pleasant palaces and the glamorous hotels, nightclubs, bars and restaurants shine and glitter from the two banks of the old strait.
The Port of Kusadasi, also known as Port of Ephesus, is located in the center of the city of Kusadasi in Turkey. It has a stone fountain from the main shopping center and also runs to the pidgeon island or Güvercin Ada and the coast beyond. Kusadasi is an exceptional tourist town next to the Aegean coast. The contemporary township resort with European design of 50 000 people depends largely on the tourist market created with the cruise ships.
Nothing is further from reality. In this zone of temperate climate, what covers the fantastic “castle” are nothing but the residues of calcium carbonate and different minerals from the water of its sources, which have been deposited and solidified forming those picturesque waterfalls and pools of limestone and travertine in the form of a crescent.
Bodrum is located in the legendary place of Halicarnassus that today can tell us many things. In this city a phenomenal multitude of historical and cultural monuments has been preserved. Originally the symbol of the city was the fortress of San Pedro, built in the days of the knights who in this way tried to defend the borders of their city. Now the fortress is not occupied by knights but by a unique museum of Turkish underwater archeology.
Located halfway between Antalya and Dalaman airport, this fishing village became a tourist destination from the 60s and 70s with the arrival of the first hippies and then be frequented as one of the stopping points needed for yachts and schooners. Turkish Mediterranean Coast By location and geographical features, Kas has remained relatively safe from tourism transformation and retains the flavor of the small coastal town, but offers numerous restaurants, shops and hotels with spectacular views of the Bay of Kas, the Teke Peninsula and the island of Meis.
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