Learn About Turkey
Modern Turkey is a melting pot of European and Asian civilizations, a crossroad of cultures and religions, an astonishing travel destination, with thousands of interesting or enchanting places to see and things to do.
One of the richest cultural heritages in Europe can be found in Turkey. From its earliest traces of human habitation, through the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire, all the way to modern Turkey, the country is a living history book. It combines the resorts and beaches of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas with the high mountains and plains of the interior, the ancient archaeological vestiges, places full of legends and myths, with the tall minarets of the magnificent mosques, and modern cities with traditional villages.
Anyone with a passion for the region knows that the cultural and tourist heart of the country is Istanbul, the city of two continents, the place that has witnessed the rise and fall of major empires, a meeting place of religions. The landmarks of Istanbul could rival any other destination on Earth, coming from its millennial past. At the point where Europe and Asia meet, Istanbul has stood for over 2,000 years. It boasts an amazing combination of influences, from the Roman ruins, through the Byzantine churches and monuments, completed by the Ottoman mosques and palaces, all the way to modern Istanbul, with its shopping bazaars and vibrant nightlife. Istanbul has countless attractions, the most popular including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Museums, Galata Tower, Grand Bazaar and many more.
Beyond Istanbul, the other Turkish cities have their own treasures and marvels, beginning with the modern capital of Ankara with its monuments and museums, continuing with Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire and its beautiful mosques, Edirne, Izmir and many others.
But Turkey is filled with historical sites throughout its vast territory, the Greco-Roman heritage of Ephesus being one of the best preserved in the world - home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Seljuk monuments of Konya are equally impressive.
Apart from all these cultural gems, Turkey is also a natural heaven, from the beaches of Antalya or Bodrum, to the mountains and plains of the interior, with countless hiking trails and natural parks.
Not to mention, wherever you go in Turkey you will be captivated by the traditional cuisine, music and nightlife!
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