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Top 10 Places To See In Turkey
Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia is a former Christian patriarchal basilica, later an imperial mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. Hagia Sophia is currently the second-most visited museum in Turkey, attracting almost 3.3 million visitors annually. The dome of Hagia Sophia has spurred particular interest for many art historians, architects and engineers because of the innovative way the original architects envisioned it. It is famous for the light that reflects everywhere in the interior of the nave, giving the dome the appearance of hovering above.
Library of Celsus
Library of Celsus
The library of Celsus is an ancient Roman building in Ephesus, Anatolia, now part of Selçuk, Turkey. It was built in honour of the Roman Senator Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus by Celsus' son, Gaius Julius Aquila. The library is built on a platform with nine steps the full width of the building leading up to three front entrances. The style of the library, with its ornate, balanced, well-planned façade, reflects the Greek influence on Roman architecture.
Topkapı Palace
Topkapı Palace
The Topkapı Palace is a large palace in Istanbul, Turkey, that was one of the major residences of the Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years of their 624-year reign. It is now a museum and as such a major tourist attraction. It also contains important holy relics of the Muslim world, including Muhammed's cloak and sword. The palace complex consists of four main courtyards and many smaller buildings. The Topkapı Palace Museum is administered by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Sumela Monastery
Sumela Monastery
The Sumela Monastery is a Greek Orthodox monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary at Melá Mountain within the Pontic Mountains range, in the Maçka district of Trabzon Province in modern Turkey. It is a site of great historical and cultural significance, as well as a major tourist attraction within Altındere National Park. Today the monastery's primary function is as a tourist attraction. It overlooks forests and streams, making it extremely popular for its aesthetic attraction as well as for its cultural and religious significance.
Cappadocia
Cappadocia
Cappadocia is a historical region in Central Anatolia, largely in the Nevşehir, Kayseri, Aksaray, and Niğde Provinces in Turkey. The area is a popular tourist destination, as it has many areas with unique geological, historic, and cultural features. Touristic Cappadocia includes four cities: Nevsehir, Kayseri, Aksaray and Nigde. Hot-air ballooning is very popular in Cappadocia and is available in Goreme. Trekking is enjoyed in Ihlara Valley, Monastery Valley (Guzelyurt), Urgup and Goreme.
Bodrum Castle
Bodrum Castle
Bodrum Castle, located in southwest Turkey in the port city of Bodrum, was built from 1402 onwards, by the Knights of St John as the Castle of St. Peter or Petronium. It has become the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, with a collection of amphoras, ancient glass, bronze, clay, and iron items. It is the biggest museum of its kind devoted to underwater archaeology.
Mount Nemrut
Mount Nemrut
Nemrut is a 2,134 m high mountain in southeastern Turkey, notable for the summit where a number of large statues are erected around what is assumed to be a royal tomb from the 1st century BC. The nearby town of Adıyaman is a popular place for car and bus trips to the site, and one can also travel from there by helicopter. There are also overnight tours running out of Malatya or Kahta.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is still popularly used as a mosque. Large crowds of both Turks and tourists gather at sunset in the park facing the mosque to hear the call to evening prayers, as the sun sets and the mosque is brilliantly illuminated by colored floodlights.
Aspendos
Aspendos
Aspendos was an ancient Greco-Roman city in Antalya province of Turkey. It is located 7 kilometres northeast of central Serik. Aspendos is known for having the best-preserved theatre of antiquity. The theatre hosts the annual Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival organized by Turkish State Opera and Ballet since 1994, with international participation of opera and ballet companies and an audience of about 10,000.
Dolmabahçe Palace
Dolmabahçe Palace
Dolmabahçe Palace is located in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, Turkey, on the European coastline of the Bosphorus strait. The Dolmabahçe palace is extensively decorated with gold and crystal. Fourteen tonnes of gold in the form of gold leaf were used to gild the ceilings. It has the largest collection of Bohemian and Baccarat crystal chandeliers in the world.
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