10 most beautiful places in TurkeyBy Vika https://pictolic.com/en/article/10-most-beautiful-places-in-turkey
Turkey is traditionally one of the most popular tourist destinations for everyone who is going to relax abroad. For those who are looking for real authenticity and want to see this extraordinary country as it really is, Fullpiccia has prepared an overview of 10 places that every curious traveler should visit.
1. Istanbul, Hagia Sophia. (Photo: Esther Lee / Flickr).
Centuries ago, Constantinople was the capital of the Byzantine Empire. Today, already like Istanbul, is the cultural capital of Turkey. It is simply impossible to get bored here! Here we will meet with magnificent sights. Sultan Topkapi Palace Museum, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Grand Bazaar are just a few of them.
2. Cappadocia. (Photo: Moyan Brenn / Flickr).
This place is for a week or ... for a lifetime. Noteworthies are the multi-story underground cities and spectacular valleys. It is especially pleasant to watch the sunrise and sunset while flying in a hot air balloon.
3. Safranbolu. (Photo: Evgeni Zotov / Flickr).
The Black Sea coast is a terra incognita of mass tourism. Here you can find the most beautiful ports (for example, in Amasra), resorts (in Trabzon or Safranbolu), as well as Georgian churches and monasteries (in the vicinity of Artvin). Everywhere, without exception, we will also meet friendly people. These places are a must-see for anyone looking for a truly authentic Turkey.
4. Oludeniz. (Photo: daniel.virella / Flickr).
A resort located at the confluence of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. The Blue Lagoon National Park is located here, making this place one of the most beautiful in Turkey.
5. Nemrut-Dag. (Photo: reibai / Flickr).
Altars with huge stone heads have been preserved on the top of Mount Nemrut. The best time to visit is at sunrise or sunset - the colors of the sky and the grandeur of the statues will long remain in your memory.
6. Izmir. (Photo: Tambako The Jaguar / Flickr).
This city, formerly known as Smyrna, was built over 8.5 thousand years ago on the Aegean coast. Izmir today is a vibrant place, a real paradise for lovers of cultural events. The heart of the city is the square with the Clock Tower (Saat Kulesi).
7. Pamukkale. (Photo: Jacqueline Poggi / Flickr).
One of the most beautiful regions in the world, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Unusual limestone terraces were formed over 14 thousand years. Unfortunately, only a small part of them have survived to this day. There are also hot springs here, in which, according to legend, Cleopatra herself once bathed.
8. Konya. (Photo: David Stanley / Flickr).
The ancient capital of the Seljuk Sultanate is one of the most important spiritual sites in the country. Today, the city is famous for its whirling dervishes, honoring the Chief Musician with its songs and dances and the Aladdin Mosque (Suleymaniye).
9. Adana. (Photo: julien liger / Flickr).
In this city, you should definitely see the largest temple in Turkey - the Sabancı Mosque, which can accommodate more than 28 thousand people at a time! It is best to view the shrine from the side of the Seikhan River: the minarets reflected in the water create an extraordinary picture.
10. Harran. (Photo: Julian Kaesler / Flickr).
This settlement is considered one of the most ancient places on Earth, continuously inhabited by humans. The city is famous for its characteristic hive-shaped houses, the interior of which is made according to the canons of the 3rd century BC. The ruins of an ancient university and a mosque from the 8th century are also preserved in Harran.
11. Göbekli Tepe. (Photo: Pilar Torres / Flickr).
The ruins of the oldest known temple in the history of human civilization are located 15 kilometers from the city of Sanliurfa. It was created in the 10th century BC. Huge columns can be seen here, some of which weigh 50 tons. It is still unknown how they were built, processed, and brought here. Therefore, all lovers of riddles and secrets must visit this place.