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1993/2018

First/Last visit:

Number of visits:

11

Personal Rating:

28/193

UNESCO Sites visited:

13/18

Places Visited:

Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Çanakkale, Bursa, Denizli, Pamukkale, Fethiye, Antalya, Gaziantep, Mardin, Hattusa, Sirnak, Erzurum, Sarpi, Trabzon, Safranbolu, Edirne, Diyarbakir, Sivas, Göreme, Adana, Cumalikizik, Sanliurfa, Adiyaman, Gölbasi, Kayseri, Göksu, Kirikkale, Erzincan, Tercan,Tortum, Artvin, Selçuk, Kahta, Viransehir

Highlights:

Istanbul UNESCO Dolmabahçe Palace and Mosque, Galata tower, Sultanahmet square with the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia as a solid background, Basilica Cistern with huge underground source and 336 marble columns. Topkapi Palace museum housing opulent Ottoman treasures. Archaeological Museum. Museum of Turkish&Islamic Arts, Kariye Mosque with interesting frescoes. Golden Horn or Bosphorus Tour by boat. Taksim square, the heart of modern Istanbul with Italian designed Republic monument. Try a fresh balik ekmek (fish sandwich) from the boatmen in Eminönü. Ankara the superb Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, wander around the imposing citadel, there is also a mosque, Alaettin Camii, the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, Kocatepe Camii is a very large mosque in Kizilay. Safranbolu Old Town (Carsi) UNESCO with the finest Ottoman houses, and a great ambiance. Bursa UNESCO the birthplace of the Ottoman dynasty 1326 with gorgeous mosques, tombs and public baths, also an interesting Central market (Kapali Carsi) with extension into Koza Han, built 1490, where they sell expensive silk products, nearby is Cumalikizik UNESCO, a beautiful Ottoman village. Anadolu Kavagi and Yoros Castle, a half day trip from Istanbul. Ancient city of Troy UNESCO with the Trojan horse. Edirne UNESCO with its stunning 16th century Ottoman mosque and an enchanting Old Town. Ephesus UNESCO great ancient ruins from different periods with the Temple of Artemis, the "House of Virgin Mary", the Library of Celsus, and also the stunning men's latrines and brothel. Pamukkale UNESCO pristine white terraces with travertines, one of the top tourist highlights in the country, just next is Hierapolis UNESCO, an ancient Spa city with plenty of Greco-Roman ruins, including a spectacular Roman theatre for more than 12,000 spectators. Pergamon Nemrut Dag UNESCO on the 2134m high mountain summit lie statues of Persian King Antiochus I. and Roman gods around a royal tomb of the 1st century BC. Mount Ararat is with 5137 m the highest mountain in Turkey, and a dormant volcano. Unlike no other place on earth, the Rock sites of Cappadocia UNESCO consist of hundreds weird and dramatic stone formation jutting up into the sky like fairy chimeneys. There are bizarre cave houses, some of them converted to hotels. The villages to go are Göreme, Urgüp or Uçhisar, here is also one of the best place in the world to take hot-air balloon flight, it is a unique early morning experience to fly over this surreal landscape and its fairy chimeneys. Avanos the famed pottery town with one of Turkey's creepiest sites, an infamous Hair Museum, a collection of 16,000 samples of women's hair from around the world. Divrigi's Mosque-Medrese complex UNESCO, founded 1228, with a wealth of very beautiful stone carvings on its entrance doors, it was also housing a mental hospital. Gaziantep's Zeugma culture museum has top mosaic collections on display, among the many highlights are the famous "Gipsy Girl". Uphill charming Mardin with an astonishing view over the Mesopotamian plains. Hittite rock carvings at Hattusa UNESCO, a civilization at the level and time of the Egyptian pharaons, 3000 years ago.The Lycian rock tombs of Myra, carved out of the hillside, where the wealthy citizens were put to rest. The Greek Orthodox monastery of Sumela, 46 km south of Trabzon, is a mysterious place, nestled into to a steep hill cliff. Kalkan and its great beach of Kaputas, 7km away. Antalya's symbol is the Yivli Minare, the fluted minaret from the 13th century.