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Turkey sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

Bodrum Resorts of Turkey manage to maintain their popularity no matter what. Antalya, Istanbul, Ankara, Bursa, Izmir and Edirne - for millions of travelers these names are a synonym of wonderful beaches, luxury hotels and both comfortable and fascinating holidays. If your primary target is to attend interesting excursions to historic landmarks, you should start your vacation from Istanbul as the capital of the country is home to many famous monuments, cultural places of interest and historic sites.
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There are many famous old palaces in the city, but Myrelaion Palace is considered one of the most beautiful. It was built by order of Emperor Romanos Lekapenos. When the reign of the emperor was finished, the palace was transformed into a female monastery. The magnificent medieval design of inner premises was lost, but design of the facade has survived to our days in almost original look. Currently, the building is known as Bodrum Mosque. Ciragan Palace is another famous building of the medieval period. Currently the building is known as a luxury hotel. Until the beginning of the 20th century the building was used as a residence of the government. However, in 1910 the building was severely damaged by fire and after reconstruction works it was decided to transform the palace into a hotel. The modern design and furnishing of the hotel are made as close as possible to the original look of the building.
Besides beautiful palaces and forts, travelers will see over a dozen of magnificent mosques in Istanbul. Molla Zeyrek Camii is considered one of the most beautiful mosques in the city. The building of the mosque started in the 12th century and lasted over a hundred years, and that is why its design is a combination of several architectural styles that were popular back in those days. Archaeological excavations never stop in Turkey, and the antique city of Olympos is a great proof of that. This place was a blooming and prosperous city during the Roman Empire times. Archaeologists found here ruins of protective walls, an ancient Roman theatre and several houses that are now covered with bushes. The town is located in the center of the same named national park, so it's also a perfect place for walks. When you are tired of walking and observing landmarks, you can rest in one of numerous cozy restaurants and cafes. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Troy Aqua Park, which is located in Belek, is a no less interesting place. The park was open in 2015; there is a giant statue of the Trojan horse in the center of the entertainment complex, and the body of the horse is the starting point for the highest rides. Visitors will find here numerous attractions, swimming pools, artificial rivers and special playing areas for youngest visitors of the park.
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National and city parks in Turkey
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Remaining castles and fortresses of Turkey
♥   Castle 'Rumelihisaru' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Yoros Castle' . On the map   Photos
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Palaces in Turkey open for public
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♥   Palace 'Hatice Sultan Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Ihlamur Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Khedive Palace' . On the map   Photos
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Famous and uniques places in Turkey from our review series

Goreme Town

From the series “Small flamboyant towns painted with Van Gogh colors”
Goreme is the unique town that is well-known far beyond the borders of Turkey. The world fame was brought to the area by the unusual rock formation. During the reign of the Roman Empire, the first settlers cut down their homes there. Rocks were durable and reliable, so several houses have managed to survive after a thousand years. People are still living there. Tourists from all over the world come to admire this unusual settlement.

The miniature town is a part of the national park of the same name. That’s a true open-air museum. Apart from the unusual houses carved into the rocks, travelers can visit some ancient cave churches and admire priceless artifacts. Tourists will be able to visit one of the oldest monasteries in the world. Many of the churches have kept their unique furniture … Read all

Kayakoy

From the series “Abandoned places of the Earth with distinct marks of civilization”
In the south-western part of Turkey, at the foot of the Taurus Mountains, there is Kayakoy ghost town. Today, only ruins remind about its once vivid life. A hundred years ago, this city was home to a large Greek community; a number of residents was about 20 000 people. The town was deserted during the civil war. Locals have been forcibly resettled during the land redistribution and, after that, their homes were destroyed. Today, you can see about 350 stone buildings in the ruined city. There are also ruins of the two churches.

A few years ago, a museum dedicated to tragic history has been opened in Karakoy. Every year, this deserted place is visited by more and more tourists. Before the city was deserted, there have been about 3 000 homes. There have been pharmacies, plenty of shops, and … Read all

Valley of Thousand and One Tales

From the series “10 Natural Wonders of the World”
In Turkey, a lot of amazing natural attractions are concentrated in Cappadocia. It is the mountainous region featuring rocky formations of the most incredible shapes and sizes. Here, you can see the huge stone tower with a cap reminiscent of mushrooms, and incredible formations resembling tents. There are several picturesque valleys in Cappadocia. They own romantic names like the Love Valley, the Valley of the Elves, the Rose Valley and the Valley of Thousand and One Nights.

The latter is one of the most interesting and visited. There you can see hundreds of stone tents that are so reminiscent of illustrations for the Oriental fairy tale. The history of the unique landscape is very amazing; it goes back more than 70 million years ago. In those days, the modern district of Cappadocia was … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Turkey

Istanbul
Sultan Ahmet Mosque. Blue Mosque, or, as it is also called, the Mosque of Sultan Ahmet is an Islamic response to Hagia Sophia. Its architect, Mehmet Aga Sedefkar, wanted to surpass the grandeur of the Orthodox basilica, and many people believe he managed to do it. Blue Mosque was built between 1609 and 1617, almost 1100 years after Hagia Sophia. Its central dome is 33 meters in diameter and is surrounded by smaller domes. Blue Mosque has as many as 6 Mosque minarets. Their number was … Read more
Antalya
One of the most attractive and frequently visited places in this city is the Archeology Museum, which was opened in 1972. The halls of this museum contain precious finds discovered during excavations in the 18-20th centuries. Previously these priceless exhibitions were stored in Yivli Mosque until the museum offered a dozen of spacious halls for that purpose. Most probably, the most famous architectural building in Antalya is Hidirlik Kulesi. This tower was built during the Roman Empire times. … Read more
Ankara
The city has retained numerous interesting historical sights created in different epochs. The times of the Roman Empire are represented by the Temple of Augustus. Nearby you will find Haci Bayram Mosque. Among ancient sacred places we should also underline Aladdin Mosque. These two places are the most beautiful Islamic temples in Ankara and, most probably, in whole Turkey as well, as it’s really hard to find another buildings with so refined and beautiful design. The local Citadel and … Read more
Alanya
Alanya was founded in the 4th century. Today only one sight reminds of those times – a piece of an ancient Byzantine wall. Many centuries ago the wall surrounded the local fortress and a part of the town, and its length estimated 8 kilometers. Today the fortress is turned into an ethnographic museum, and Kizil Kule tower features magnificent views of the town and suburbs from its observation deck. For decades Alanya was used as a pirate base, that’s why today multiple tourists of this … Read more
Kusadasi
The name of the resort can be translated as “Birds Island”. The town got this name because of the small island named “Pigeon Island”. The island is connected with the mainland by a small manmade road. For centuries the island has been a home for pigeons, herons and other birds. The history of Kudasasi is mostly connected with life of the famous pirate Barbarossa. For many years he was terrorizing whole Mediterranean by its cruel attacks. The pirate was hiding in Kudasasi, in an … Read more
Fethiye
Paroplane flights are one of new entertainments, which have quickly gained popularity among holidaymakers. Such an unusual "air" tour lasts approximately 30 - 40 minutes. Everyone can make this breathtaking flight. Experienced instructors will carefully pick up the route so that you will see all main attractions of the city from a bird's eye. The central part of Fethiye is the most interesting one from the standpoint of history and architecture. The largest part of old buildings is located … Read more

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