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Best Western Top Ten Attractions in Turkey

Saint Sophia -Istanbul

Saint Sophia -Istanbul

It is a masterpiece of the Byzantine architecture and considered as the 8th wonder of the world by most art historians. Hagia Sophia, from the 6th century, is the one and only construction that still stands in an excellent state of preservation and well worth an extended visit .
Blue Mosque - Istanbul

Blue Mosque - Istanbul

Known as the “Mosque of Sultan Ahmet”, the mosque is located next to the ancient Hippodrome and across from Hagia Sophia. The mosque was built in the first quarter of the 17th century. The decoration of the interior and the outstanding tiles are well worth seeing.
Bosphorus – Istanbul

Bosphorus – Istanbul

The Bosphorus is a water pass, that spans 36 km. between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. On either side of the strait, stands the two medieval castles built by the Ottoman Turks for the conquest of the city; the small but pretty Anadoluhisari (14th cen) in Asia, and right across, the awesome Rumelihisari, constructed in the 15th cen.
The Princes’ Islands -Istanbul

The Princes’ Islands -Istanbul

Consists of nine various sized islands in the Sea of Marmara and is only an hour away by boat from the pier in Golden Horn. These islands are Buyukada, Heybeliada, Burgazada, Kinaliada, Sedef Adasi, Yassiada, Sivriada, Kasik Adasi and Hayirsizada. One of the most popular destinations for day trips from Istanbul. The shores of which are lined by seaside mansions, beaches and picnic areas.
Pamukkale - Denizli

Pamukkale - Denizli

The site is located a half hour drive from Denizli and 250 km far from Izmir. The outstanding natural site attracts people from all over the world, and the formations look almost unreal. The rich calcium content of the mineral water from the nearby thermal springs is the major cause behind the amazing land formations. You can walk on the travertine terraces, but only bare foot, and put your feet in the lukewarm mineral water.
Ephesus - Izmir

Ephesus - Izmir

The city of Ephesus is one of the most interesting and extensive ancient sites in the world, and the very center of attraction in the Aegean region. The site and the ruins are highly admired by almost all visitors, on a day excursion from the cruise liners, or spending their vacation in the region.
Aspendos – Antalya

Aspendos – Antalya

The city of Aspendos is known all over the world for the attractive Roman Theater, that is still in excellent shape. Aspendos Theater is the best preserved theater building of the ancient times and has survived to our day without losing none of the vital features.
Olympos – Antalya

Olympos – Antalya

Olympos was founded in the 3rd century B.C. Today, the most interesting structure is the remains of the portal of a temple, located to the west of the river. In Chimera near Olympos, a flame comes out of the ground constantly.
House of Virgin Mary – Izmir

House of Virgin Mary – Izmir

We know that St. John spent the last years of his life in Ephesus and wrote his Gospel here. Jesus left his mother with John, therefore, it is believed that Mother Mary came to Ephesus and lived here until the end of her life. Today, the small chapel here is a place of pilgrimage for the Christians from all over the world, and deeply respected by the Moslem people.
The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations – Ankara

The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations – Ankara

Lovers of archeology should know that it is worth going to Ankara just to see the incredible collections in this museum. Thousands of artifacts are displayed here, those from the Assyrian trade colonies, the mighty Hittite Empire, the Phrygian and Urartu civilizations.