5 Of The Best Historical Spots in Turkey
Lying on the Mediterranean Sea and bounded by the Aegean Sea and the Black Sea, Turkey is one of the most interesting places to visit in the world. Taking a Turkey trip will give you an experience of a lifetime as you see two cultures from the East and the West blend in one delightful combination.
The landscape in this Eurasian country is a sight to behold, as you see glimpses of minarets and domes, Roman ruins, beaches and misty mountains. There are also plenty of activities to indulge in such as participating in traditional Turkish nights, experiencing a real Turkish bath, sipping the local brew, sampling the local cuisine and exploring all the must-see sights in the area.
Now, if you would like to know more about what makes Turkey what it is today, it definitely pays to visit the top historical sites in the country. When you book a Turkey trip, make sure to book the flights and accommodations in advance. Afterwards, you can start planning your itinerary and include the following historical spots in your list of must-visit places:
If you would like to see a live, romantic historical castle, visit Cappadocia. One of the best ways to see the area is via hot air balloon rides. From above, you can see the rock formations and the stunning landscapes, with the structure itself dating back to 3000 B.C.
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As mentioned earlier, Turkey is a mixture of European and Asian cultures. From the European part is Didyma, which is an ancient Greek temple. It is situated near a popular holiday resort in Turkey called Altinkum; the name is an ancient Greek term for twins, referring to the twin children of Zeus and Leto who are Artemis and Apollo. Past earthquakes destroyed a significant amount of the temple, but the ruins are still worth a visit today.
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Ephesus is an ancient city which is a must-visit on your Turkey trip. It is a well-preserved Greek heritage site which used to be home to the Temple of Artemis. Today, there’s a single column standing by the lake which is what remains of the temple, although it is still a sight to behold.
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This is a pilgrimage site where thousands of people flock to during the Anzac day memorial celebrations. There’s an area in Gallipoli which showcases memorabilia from the Great War, so you are bound to learn more about the country’s history on your Turkey trip.
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Also called “Cotton Castles”, Pamukkale is a famous local landmark where you will see stalactites, hot springs, water-filled plateaus, lime stones and a simply magnificent view overall. Inside the Pamukkale Hotel, you can bathe in what is known as a sacred pool so you will have a real Turkish bath experience.
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No matter which of these top five historical destinations you end up visiting, you are bound to learn more about what made the country the Eurasian wonder that it is today on your Turkey trip.