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

Galaxy Boat 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.
Geographically, the Republic of Turkey is like an ancient bridge between old continents. The Anatolian peninsula is the westernmost protrusion of Asia …
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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
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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.
Kusadasi Basilica of St. John

History and Entertainment

In Turkey, there are a lot of important archeological districts. The finds in this area prove that the first settlements appeared here thousands of years ago. In the second half of the 11th century, the significant part of the present Turkish territory was under the Rum Sultanate. It was very powerful and conquered almost the entire territory of Asia Minor. The Sultanate had existed until the middle of the 13th century and then was separated into many autonomous princedoms.
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The first references to the Kingdom of Tourkia date back to 1284. It was mentioned in the chronicles of King Alfonso X. In 1299, the kingdom was governed by the heir of Turkic ruler Ertugrul, Osman. This event is considered as the beginning of the official formation of the Ottoman Empire. For hundreds of years, its power was strengthened. The Empire conquered many countries of present Asia. In the second half of the 14th century, it started conquering the European lands. Syria, Arabia, Egypt, Hungary – these are just some of the countries conquered by the Ottoman Empire in the Middle Ages.
Alanya Trip The turning point in the history of the adamant Empire was a war with the Russian Empire starting in the 17th century and lasting until the 19th century. The war ended with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire that had been slackened by multiple military conflicts. Turkey officially gained a status of the republic just after its collapse in 1923.
It took centuries to form the national cuisine of Turkey. For more than 500 years, the Ottoman Empire was involved in different wars that expanded its …
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Nowadays, Turkey is primarily known as a place for upscale beach recreation. There are beautiful resorts with tropical flora, a lot of top-rated hotels, restaurants and clubs. Remarkably, there are resorts literally for every taste in the country. Alanya and Kemer are very popular with young people, as they can have fun 24 hours a day here.
Kocatepe Mosque, Ankara, early morning Families usually choose Side with its warm peaceful beaches. Belek is popular with active lifestyle adherents. One of the most prestigious resorts is Antalya. There are the most luxurious hotels and restaurants. One of the most peaceful and quietest resorts is Fethiye. Besides beautiful resorts, all resorts attract travelers with its historical attractions and natural beauties.
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Famous and uniques places in Turkey from our review series

Eyup Sultan Camii

From the series “Top Largest and Famous Mosques Worldwide”
Eyup Sultan Camii is one of the main scarify places for Muslim people. It was built by the order of Mehmed the Conqueror. The mosque was named in honour of Eyup al-Ansari, the standard-bearer and friend of the prophet Muhammad. In 674 during the nest Standoff of Constantinople, Eyup was killed. Until nowadays he is the national hero in Turkey.

The first mosque was built there in 1458 and at the end of the 18th century it was rebuilt. The main Turkish mosque has a great tradition – every morning there cook a dinner for poor people. At 11 o’clock people come to the mosque to get the food. The mosque is open for everyone. The excursion begins in the garden that surrounds the building.

Inside the mosque is decorated with a luxurious carpet, walls are decorated with great patterns made … Read all

Sultanahmet Camii

From the series “Top Largest and Famous Mosques Worldwide”
The Sultan Ahmet Mosque, commonly known as The Blue Mosque, is a historic mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. It was built during the reign of Sultan Ahmet I and since that time it is the main mosque of the city. It has not only a magnificent decoration but also other interesting features. The Blue Mosque has instead of 4 minarets – 6 minarets, two additional are situated on the coins. Many historians claim that this mosque was built as a memory of the defeat of Turkish troops in the war with Austria and Iran.

For a long time the country didn’t build new mosques and people connected a number of military defeats with this fact. A young Sultan Ahmet decided to change the situation and begin the building of the great mosque nevertheless, that the country practically didn’t have money … Read all

Dolmabahce Palace

From the series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
Dolmabahce Palace is situated in a very beautiful place, on the shore of Bosporus. In 1853 this palace was built for Abdülmecid I. The last was inspired by the Topkapi Palace and ordered to build his own residence in the baroque style. Originally, this palace had not only the wonderful façade decoration but also a great inner decoration. For interior decoration was spend about 14 tons of gold. The main staircase of the palace is made from the crystal glass.

When the palace was finished, Queen Victoria presented a crystal chandelier made from bohemia glass. Until nowadays it is the main decoration of the residence. This palace has a unique collection of paintings that were made especially for the Sultan by a famous Russian painter Ivan Aivazovsky. At first, the palace was quite small … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Turkey

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
The history of Goreme started yet during ancient times. Historians proved that first settlers in this territory appeared yet in the 6th century BC. At that time, the settlement had another name, Korama. When Christians came to this land in the 7th century, they gave a new name to the settlement, changing Korama to Matiana or “the country of Our Lady”. This was the period of active development for the Turkish town. First churches appeared in Goreme, as well as roughly four hundred shrines. … Read more
Not everyone knows that Antalya is not only about the beautiful beaches and water parks, but also has a great ski resort Saklikent. It offers all the conditions for a comfortable stay; on the territory of the resort there are trails of various difficulty levels, sports equipment rental, and ski schools. Here you spend a great couple of days; and for the tourists at the resort there are mini-hotels and various boarding houses.  If you’re looking to add some diversify to the excursion … Read more
Anyone interested in ancient history should visit the Museum of Ancient Anatolian Civilizations. It is considered to be one of the main cultural centres in Turkey, as this museum contains a fascinating collection of archaeological and historical artefacts. This museum is also a historical centre too, it was founded in 1921, and the museum reached its peak as a cultural centre during the reign of Kemal Ataturk. Today the museum holds thousands of unique exhibits brought in from different … Read more
In the vicinity of Alanya there are several important archaeological areas, and artefacts found there can be seen in the local archaeological museum. It is a very beautiful building with columns, and the most valuable exhibits of the museum are considered to be the floor mosaics, some dating to more than 1800 years back. Some of the exhibits are presented in the museum, while others are scattered around the surrounding area. In the garden fragments of ancient tombs and ancient sculptures are … Read more
History lovers will be interested in the archaeological area of ​​the Receptions. Once in this place there was a large ancient Greek city. Initially, this city was founded in the upper part of a spacious plain and with time, the soil sagged because of groundwater. This led to the destruction of many streets. Modern researchers managed to find fragments of only two streets. Now visitors of this area can see the foundation of ancient buildings and other antique buildings. To diversify … Read more
Lovers of nature are offered interesting tours to the Kabak Valley, which is located off the coast and is famous for its incredible natural beauty. Impenetrable mountains surround the valley from every side, so it is simply cannot be reached from certain regions of Turkey. There are several small settlements in the valley. Tourists may stay here for a few days in modest bungalows and join the life of the indigenous population. Not far from the resort is the Valley of the Butterflies. This … Read more
For nature lovers in Bodrum, very interesting excursions to the nearby island Kara Ada are organised. Its primary value is in the hot springs, which feature unique therapeutic properties. There are several different pools and mud baths, as well as interesting walking tours which are held on the island. This island will definitely appeal to those who like to spend time away from the busy tourist spots.  In the city there are some unique archaeological sites, one of the most famous is the … Read more

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