This article will speak about literally the center of the world, Turkey, the place where the Bosphorus runs through Europe and Asia within the stunning and splendid city of Istanbul. It has indeed been acknowledged by most people that there’s no such place in the entire world which fuses both East and the West with such simplicity. From the daily morning prayers to the old cobblestones cafes and streets to the complex politics of the country and the relationship which they share with their neighbors, there’s no other better travel experience much like Turkey!
Turkey offers a plethora of destinations for different kinds of travelers. From the skyline filled with minarets and domes of Istanbul to the Roman ruins situated along the western and southern coasts, from the misty mountains behind the Eastern Black Sea to the beaches of Antalya, Turkey has so much to offer you. So that you don’t get confused in narrowing down your travel list, this article has listed down some of the most attractive destinations in Turkey which you shouldn’t miss. Check them out.
- Aspendos Theatre: Aspendos Theatre can be considered as one of the best preserved ancient theatres and its antiquity is what makes it famous. This theatre was built in 155 AD when the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius ruled the country. The capacity of this theatre is 15,000 to 20,000 visitors. Since the stage was then used as a roadside inn, it was continuously rejuvenated and repaired. Due to this constant maintenance, the Aspendos Theatre is able to survive throughout so many decades without losing any of its natural qualities. This is hence, a must-visit when you go to Turkey!
- Pamukkale: In Turkish language, the meaning of Pamukkale is “cotton castle” and this place is named so due to the unreal landscape that it presents in Western Turkey. It is mainly popular for the white terraces which are made up of travertine, a sedimentary rock, which is a deposit of water and which contains high content of minerals. Visitors have bathed in these pools for thousands of years. You can see the ruins of the temples, baths and other Greek monuments.
- Mount Nemrut: Nemrut is a 7001 feet high mountain located in south-eastern Turkey, near the city of Adiyaman. It was in 62 B.C that King Antiochus I built a tomb-sanctuary which was accompanied by huge statues of his own self, with 2 lions, 2 eagles and different Persian and Greek gods lying on the mountain top. During the construction, the heads of the statues have toppled down and they now lie scattered throughout the entire site. This is now the new beauty of this mountain.
- Blue Mosque: With its splendid architecture and 6 minarets, the Blue Mosque or Sultan Ahmed in Istanbul will impress you from its outside. This place is still used as a mosque and at the same time it has become a popular tourist attraction in Istanbul. The Blue Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 and it also consists of the tomb of the founder, like many other mosques. When you enter the mosque, the huge ceiling is lined with around 20,000 tiles with various patterns and this is what has given the name to the Blue Mosque.
- Hagia Sophia: This place was originally a basilica, located in Istanbul and was constructed for the Roman Emperor Justinian I during the 6th This can undoubtedly be deemed as a masterpiece of Roman engineering; the massive dome covers the largest enclosed space in the entire world. But unfortunately, this church saw a burglary by the 4th crusaders in 1204 and then it became a mosque during the 15th century during the rule of the Ottomans. Later in 1935, Hagia Sophia was transformed into a museum and is now considered as one of the top most attractions in Turkey.
- Goreme Fairy Chimneys: Cappadocia is popular for its wonderful and weird natural rock formation with unique heritage. Among all the best places, one among them is the strange formations of the town of Goreme, who is located through the tuff cones. The fairy chimneys are formed due to water and wind erosion of 2 volcanic layers. As the volcanic ash carved into the tuff, most of the fairy chimneys were hollowed out to create churches, houses and storage facilities.
- Library of Celsus: In the west coast, the ruins of Ephesus have become a famous attraction for tourists. The city of Ephesus was first considered among one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and some of the structures can be still seen including the Library of Celsus.
Before you plan to visit the land of social and political landscapes of Turkey, make sure you don’t miss the above mentioned tourist spots. Enjoy to the fullest and have a mesmerising and memorable vacation!