Witness the Old Times in Safranbolu

Safranbolu is a typical and preserved Ottoman town in the northwestern part of Turkey. With its cobbled streets, narrow passes and centuries-old houses, the town is a popular destination for tourists in Karabük. It had been on the trade route between Black Sea and big cities like Constantinople in 17th. Century. Accumulating enough wealth, local traders built beautiful mansions, not …

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Turkey’s Blue Flagged Beaches

Turkey has favorable geography for both summer and winter tourism. The summer months in particular offer foreign tourists the chance to relax on “blue flagged beaches”. Certain provisions have been made, as a result of tests that determine the quality standard for sea and lake waters, to make them suitable for swimming. The Blue Flag Campaign was initiated in 1987 …

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Cittaslow Towns of Turkey

Cittaslow, which first appeared in the Italian capital of Rome in 1986, means “slow city” with a broader meaning that includes untouched nature, away from the noise, distant from the metropolitan life, and reminiscent of a resort. Thus, there is no traffic problem, and the crowds and the noise is far away. Cittaslow towns for our country are almost heaven. …

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Scenic Train Routes in Turkey

In the last couple of years, the advertisement of the East Express, which once again attracted popularity of scenic train routes, brought the train trip back to the agenda. We have compiled the best routes you can take by train. Thus, you can get rid of the hustle and bustle of highway traffic and make an unforgettable journey with your …

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Hidden Gems of Turkey

If the usual routes and cities are no longer of interest to you, we have a unique compilation of 15 beautiful places waiting to be discovered. These are not the usual places that you may find in a typical Turkey itinerary. These are hidden gems of Turkey.

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Turkish Crash Course 101

English is taught even in kindergartens now in our country, however, there are not a lot of people who can speak English. In fact, we encounter many flaws in the education of our own language, let alone foreign language education. Turkish language that we describe as Istanbul Turkish found its most beautiful form with artists like Zeki Müren, but is …

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Development of Classic Turkish Music

The trend of nostalgia in the consumption of contemporary culture has been experiencing intense popularity in recent years. The styles of past times are sought in many scenes, from clothing to artificial architecture to music. In this respect, Classic Turkish Music draws attention with both its source and its inhabitants. Though historians and musicologists cannot agree on many points, the …

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The Tale of Two Rivers: Euphrates and Tigris

If you are writing the history of world civilization, you absolutely have to talk about the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. These two Anatolian rivers unite in the Shatt al-Arab region and pour into the Gulf of Basra. Being in a mystic position with the metaphors, stories, legends and religious explanations that are woven around the rivers that scientists have already …

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The Best Thermal Springs in Turkey

While our country fascinates many people with its surface richness, the underground richness of our country is also very important. As part of Turkish bath culture, the thermal springs, which are known for body recovery, take attention among this richness. The thermal springs have healing water that attracts many people in Turkey and are also hot spots for health tourism.

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Most Beautiful Islands of Turkey

If you are tired of crowded cities, traffic intensity and rushing around, and you would like to find peace, you should definitely have a look at Turkey’s most beautiful islands. Islands in gorgeous resort areas such as the Aegean and Mediterranean offer relaxing holiday opportunities and an abundance of natural beauty.

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Salda Lake

If you are planning an authentic vacation and setting up Maldivian dreams, you do not have to go far. Described as the Maldives of Turkey and located 4 kilometers north of the Yeşilova district of Burdur, the Salda Lake attracts attention as a part of exceptional geography.

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Beautiful Lakes to See in Turkey

The geography of Anatolia spans thousands of years and is one of the most fortunate regions of the world in terms of nature. Many beautiful mountains, rivers, and lakes are located in Anatolia. We have compiled a list of Turkey’s most beautiful lakes, which provide the perfect setting for camping or spending a weekend break at the water’s edge.

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Birdwatching in Turkey

Birdwatching, known as “looking at nature through the world of birds” by those who are interested in wildlife observation, is attracting the attention of a growing population. It is especially famous in the ecotourism spots of Turkey. Our country is the permanent home to 465 kinds of birds, which is equal to the total number in Europe. Therefore, Turkey has …

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Istanbul Grand Bazaar

One of the most renowned attractions of Istanbul is the Grand Bazaar, which is indispensable for travelers and writers. The Grand Bazaar is a trade center that began construction in the 1460s at the time of Fatih Sultan Mehmet.

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Kekova Sunken City

The Mediterranean is an important tourism center bearing the traces of the Lycia, Hellenistic and Roman periods and attracting attention with its historical accumulation. Antalya, located here, is home to many ancient cities and ruins. One of them is Kekova Sunken city and it is located in the Demre district of Antalya. Especially in recent years, the Kekova Ruins have …

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Hezarfen the First Flying Person

Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi was born in 1609 in Ottoman Empire, and is the first flying person. He lived in Murat IV period, which marked the 17th century in Ottoman history. He is still quite renowned for his scientific works as well as his flight from Galata Tower to Üsküdar with his artificial wings. In order to realize the dream of …

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Bibliopole Culture in Turkey

If you are fond of rare books and visiting a bibliopole, the first place you will want to visit in Turkey, especially in Istanbul is the Used-book Bazaar (Sahaflar Çarşısı). The Used-book Bazaar is a sanctuary amidst the noisy confusion of the Grand Bazaar. It will provide you with tranquility and has been the meeting place for bookworms for centuries, …

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Roman Ruins in Turkey

Anatolia is described as the cradle of civilizations. Indeed, many ancient tribes and civilizations prevailed in Anatolia, and they were erased from the stage of history, leaving only their ruins. Roman Empire is obviously one of the most spread and developed state of its time, leaving many ruins in its geography, including Turkey.

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Midyat Houses and Architectural Features

People of various religions and tribes settled in Anatolia, so different civilizations have lived there together for thousands of years. Today’s Anatolia, especially around Mardin, Midyat, is exceptional geography that is home to a cultural mosaic of different religions and ethnicity. The most important and prominent part of this mosaic is the historical Midyat houses. As a result of research, …

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Local Festivals in Turkey

Many different activities are held in our country, in both the East and West, reflecting each area’s geography, culture, and lifestyle. Festivals are organized periodically in important cities and towns that hold significance from a historical perspective and in contemporary times. We have compiled a list of Turkey’s local festivals, which contribute to the country’s most active periods of tourism. …

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Gondola & Boat: A Comparison of Istanbul and Venice

The two historic cities of Venice and Istanbul are often mentioned together, especially regarding the Middle Ages, although the distance between them is 1719 kilometers. These two old cities become an inseparable whole when the relations between the Ottoman and Venetian are examined. This relationship is almost like love which unites great friendships as well as great enmity. Many similarities …

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Turkish Dairy Products and Kanlıca Yoghurt

Dairy products in Turkish Cuisine continue to decorate not only the tables of our country but the tables of the whole world. The discussions on butter are continuous. Milk, the source of healing, is considered as the cornerstone of growth which is indispensable for Turks from Central Asia. There are many different products obtained from milk to increase the body’s …

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Maraş Battered Ice Cream

With its magnificent aroma, unique texture, gummy consistency, and non-melting form even on the hottest days, Maraş battered ice cream is a magnificent treat that is native to Turkey and exported to many countries. Tourists in İstanbul quickly find ice cream in their hands after seeing the ice cream seller. Both the story and the recipe of the cold and …

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Istanbul Museums and Modern Arts

Modern art was born by an urge to show the painter’s depth of imagination and firstborn of that philosophy. The trend was later integrated beyond paintings to other social spaces, with the aim of destroying traditional artistic confines. Historical, political, and social events play a major role in the formation of modern art, where the painter actually expresses his feelings …

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Historical Fountains of İstanbul

Istanbul, which hosts different civilizations, is also famous for its historical fountains which have survived the test of time. We can say that the importance of the fountains has increased, especially after being conquered in 1453. Turkish civilizations have given importance to water much since ancient times; each fountain is presented to us as a different artwork. Unfortunately, the number …

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300 Spartans’ Victory and Obelisk in Hippodrome

Sultanahmet Square (Sultanahmet Meydanı) had been the center of three different emperor periods. Sultanahmet Square’s name was “Hippodrome” (Hipodrom) during the Byzantine and Roman Empires and it was called “Horse Square” (At Meydanı) during the Ottoman Empire. In this region, the most magnificent structures, like Serpentine Column, and Obelisk, were built by these empires thanks to this feature. Hippodrome was …

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Trekking Routes in Turkey

Although the spring months are considered ideal for trekking, one can choose any season to get face to face with nature in Turkey. Trekking outside in the open, fresh air is necessary to remain healthy. Turkey has many areas for exploration of natural beauty. There are many trekking routes in Turkey, in addition to known routes. If you want to …

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Tale of Seven Hills: A Brief History of Istanbul

Istanbul has a history of about 3,000 years. Throughout history, this city has been known by different names: Byzantium, Constantinople, and Istanbul. In 638 BC, the King Byzas came to the Sarayburnu region. The migrating Greek colony had settled here. The founder of the city, Byzas, gave it the name Byzantium. During the time of the Roman Empire (324 AD), …

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Life of Sinan the Architect

Sinan (1488-1588) is one of the greatest building artists in the world and lived during the most powerful period of the Ottoman Empire. His many works have lasted through today. He was very famous throughout all of the Ottoman Empire, officially serving as chief architect at the time a role that meant he was technically the architect of the state. …

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Underground Cities of Cappadocia

Cappadocia is one of the most beautiful places in Turkey that manages to integrate history and nature. It offers unique travel possibilities with its cultural, natural, and historical traces. Cappadocia shows the mysterious side to not only visitors from Turkey, but also visitors from all around the world. The Cappadocia region emerged thanks to the erosion of soft layers formed …

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Pamukkale

Pamukkale is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is an uncommon natural areas. Denizli‘s history refers to Pamukkale’s history. Denizli was established by the King of Syria II, Antiochustheos, between 261-245 BC . At that time, it was known as Loadikya, the name of King’s wife. In 1070, this city was recognized by the Turks. Over time, and after …

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Troy Antique City

Çanakkale region, which has been over time under the rule of different civilizations, has evidence of both historical and cultural events. Troy, one of the most famous archaeological cities in the world, is one of them. Troy was discovered by Heinrich Schliemann in the Hisarlik region in the 1870s. Troy is mentioned in many legends. We can say that the …

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Ruins of Ephesus

The Ruins of Ephesus that have survived for hundreds of years will fascinate you with their peaceful, historical atmosphere. Ephesus is located in İzmir, in Turkey’s western region. Legend has it that İzmir was built by female warriors called “Amazons”. In the Hittite texts, it is referred as the capital city “Arpasa” of Arzawa. In the 12th and 11th centuries …

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Ani Ruins

The beginning of the Ani Ruins dates back to 350-300 B.C. It is about 40 kilometers away from Kars province and regarded as sacred, according to Armenian and Christian beliefs. Ani City was first discovered in 1880s. There are 823 buildings and caves within Ani Ruins, which is also called 1001 Church City or the 40-Door City. Ani City is an …

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Göreme Open Air Museum

Göreme, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is well known for its cultural, historical, and natural beauty. If you want to see the fairy chimneys, you can explore this charming town of about 2,000 inhabitants. The Göreme Open Air Museum is one of the most popular places in Turkey. It is located approximately 2 kilometers away from the …

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Findings in Göbeklitepe

Göbeklitepe is known as one of the first temples of the world, and has been very recently cited as UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to archaeological investigations, the temple is located 10 to 15 kilometers from Şanlıurfa. Round structures were found there, built on the elevation, that date to 12,000 years old. These findings were first detected in surface investigations …

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Eastern Black Sea Region with its People and Accents

Written history documentaries bring light to extant ethnic origins of the Eastern Black Sea origins. In the archaic age, the cultural structure of the Eastern Black Sea was expressed by the term “kolhi” After about 1,000 years had passed, in the Byzantine period, the “Lazi” terminology took over. In history, these names were represented not only as tribes but also …

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Butterflies Valley

Butterflies Valley is located in Fethiye / Muğla. We do not have exact information about the geological age of the valley yet, but it is known that the valley has been used as a pier of the Faralya town during the Lycian period between 300 and 400 BC. The first tourist establishment was opened in 1987, and that was when …

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Bird Houses of Ottomans

The history of bird houses goes way back. The construction of bird palaces and houses, which has been developing since the 15th century in accordance with classical Ottoman architecture, reached different aesthetic dimensions through the 19th century. In fact, the purpose of making bird palaces is to provide shelter to freely flying birds, to protect them from burning sun and …

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A Stone Art City: Kayaköy

Fethiye is one the most popular tourist attractions in Turkey. Fethiye/Kayaköy has been home to many civilizations in the past, including Phrygians, Lydians, Persians, Hellenistic Kingdoms, Romans, and Byzantines. According to the findings obtained around Kayaköy, it was used as a settlement in ancient times, too. Rock tomb structures prove that this region also existed in the Phrygian period. Kayaköy, …

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Zeugma

Zeugma’s history dates back to ancient times. It is an ancient city, established by the generals of serving Alexander the Great, around 300 AD. Today, the city is located within the borders of Belkıs Village of Nizip County of Gaziantep Province. The city was named Selevkaya Euphrates when it was first established. Shortly after that, the city came under the …

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Where is Noah’s Ark?

Noah’s Ark is a legendary ship. In the Torah, it is said that Noah’s Ark was related to events that happened after the biblical flood. God created the flood to wipe out humans, animals, and all living things he had created. Human behavior had changed: men were committing acts of evil against one another and God was disappointed. God was, …

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