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The top 8 most attractive places in Turkey

For many people, Turkey is primarily a country where a vacation can be spent on the beach, and don’t get to see all the attractive places in Turkey. Large hotel complexes seduce with all-inclusive offers and attractions. Although such resorts leave little to be desired, you will only see a very small part of Turkey here.

What attractive places in Turkey can you visit during the holidays?

Many vacationers forget that Turkey is much more. The history of Turkey is particularly exciting, especially that of early antiquity, because Turkey played an important role at the time. Many of the sights date from this period and from the Roman occupation. Temples in honor of the gods of that time, are very beautiful and especially the large port cities give an idea of ​​the wealth and power of this time.

A tour or trips to other parts of the country are also worth during your vacation.

# 1: churches and caves of Cappadocia

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The entire area of ​​Cappadocia was declared a cultural and natural cultural heritage by UNESCO. The area is located in the center of Anatolia and consists of mountains and a volcano. Numerous cities have been carved into the mountains or are located completely underground. The most important are the cave churches of Cappadocia. The old builders wanted to be as close as possible to their god. They therefore chose high tops to build in their churches.

The inside of the churches are well protected thanks to the mountain rock and therefore the murals and decorations are well preserved. Today it is impressive and strange to visit underground churches, but then it was the only place to live in peace and tranquility during the holidays. Due to its location on the Silk Road, the area was stormed by looting and attacks. But in the mountains the churches were hidden from the eyes of the travelers. The first churches were built in the 7th century.

# 2:  De ruïns of Éphesos

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Éphesos was one of the most important ancient cities in this region. It once has been situated at the coast and has been a lively port city. The coastline has been relocated over the years due to sedimentation and climatic changes. That is why the city is now a few kilometers away from the coastline. The ruins include the famous Temple of Artemis, which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The ruins of the temple hardly show the former size. 117 pillars, each about 18 meters high, were built around the temple and helped to show its gigantic appearance.

In ancient times the temple was also decorated with silver statues and complex paintings, but these are no longer there. The ruins further included the Library of Celsus which once had about 12,000 book rolls. The images at the entrance to the library are still there and are in good condition. More ruins are the temple of Hadrian and the theater of Ephesus. The highest rows of the theater allow a view on the coast. In the past, around 21,000 people could sit in the theater.

# 3: one of the most attractive places in Turkey; Terrace of carbonate minerals,

The terrace in Pamukkale is a great work of art from nature. Through thousands of years it was made from carbonate minerals from the water. In 1988 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The terrace is on a hill and contains numerous of ponds filled with water. The white carbonate minerals in combination with the blue water are breathtaking.

Water continues to flood the ponds and builds new and unique monuments. These different forms are bizarre and can only be built by nature. When the sun shines, the white ponds are bright and gorgeous. From the first moment, the beauty of this natural place grabs your attention. It is also worthwhile to visit the terrace during sunset during your vacation. The red sun paints all the whites in different shades of red.

# 4: Impressive Rock-Cut graves in Myra

The city of Myra is a famous place of pilgrimage and is also the location of many impressive Rock-Cut tombs. The bishop Nicholas of Myra was born there. He was a man who helped the poor and those in need. In Myra they built a church in his honor. In some legends, he is a model for modern Santa Claus. People say that surprising healing processes and other miracles have taken place at his tomb. That is why it has become a place of pilgrimage.

For tourists, the rock tombs from 400 BC are a great sight. The graves are not dug into the ground but built in high mountains. The graves look like houses and are decorated with statues and paintings. Whoever wants to visit the tombs should not fear heights during their vacation. But just looking up from below is fascinating and impressive.

# 5: Mount Nemrut 

The images of Nemrut Dagi are located in a national park in the southeast of Turkey. This place brings history and faith to life. All ancient gods are built of stone. Some are a bit rotten and broken, for example, they lost their head or legs. But this does not make them any less impressive. You can see exactly how big and gigantic they have ever been and what meaning they have. The hill where they are is a burial mound built by King Anthiochus. In addition to the images, the mountain offers a beautiful view of the surrounding nature and countryside.

# 6: The Blue Mosque one of the most attractive places of Turkey

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The Blue Mosque is a mosque in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey. Istanbul is one of the cultural centers and was declared a cultural capital in 2010. The Blue Mosque or the Sultan Ahmed mosque was built in the 17th century. The mosque has many domes and minarets and looks beautiful. It’s name is due to its numerous blue and white tiles. These form the inside of the mosque and are the reason for the magic light in the building.

The garden and the domes are also very impressive. The mosque is surrounded by a square white marble. Despite the tourists who visit the mosque every day, it is still used as a place to pray. The Blue Mosque is the only Islamic prayer house ever visited by the head of the Catholic Church. In 2006 Pope Benedikt XVI visited the mosque.

# 7: The bridge over the Bosphorus

Istanbul has many sights and one of them is the bridge over the Bosphorus. This is the river that separates Europe and Asia. When crossing the bridge one can transfer from one continent to the other. The first bridge over the Bosphorus was built in the 4th century BC. Today there is a modern rope bridge. Istanbul is the only city in the world that is built on two continents.

# 8: Ruins of Xanthos belong to the most attractive places in Turkey

The city of Xanthos has a colorful history. It was an important city in the ancient world and has survived many wars, sieges and conquests. Today, the ruins show what once happened. The Temple of Letoon has a number of interesting tombs and is full of mythology. A place that is really worth visiting.

We at Visum4me wish you a happy holiday 🙂

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