What to see and things to do in TURKEY

Turkey is the only country that is bridge between Asia and Europe continents. Both natural and cultural richness and nearness to natural resources Turkey’s geopolitical location is the primary. Because of this Turkey hosted lots of nation and, was the aim of many empires and witnessed lots of war for this reasons. Anatolia and Rumelia that has been the residential area of numerous community, forms Turkey’s borders. Within these borders by holding traces of history in 7 different region of the country, in spite of developing technology and industrialization there are still wonders that protects its beauty and exhibits it to us with all its generosity.
Istanbul is the evidence for that by summarizing all of the properties of the country in two shakes. It embodies Turkey’s all properties with its architecture and hidden heavens. In addition to this, Turkey is opening doors for everybody from every part of the world with its all cities and all localities. On the one hand Ephesus, Bursa, Çanakkale and so on for the historical vacations, on the other hand nonesuch natural beauty that amazes visitors Pamukkale, Cappadocia, 4 season vacation possibility serving Karadeniz(Blacksea) Ege(Aegean) and Akdeniz(Mediterranean) Regions Turkey is hosting millions of guest every year. Either you can breathe relax and green fresh air in the middle of summer or live an unforgettable summer vacation in Mediterranean shores. If you want relieve your stress by skiing over Bursa’s magnificent Uludağ in winter or taste different winter meals of the country in the eastern part of Turkey. Turkey is one of the fantastic countries that you can spend your vacation in every city and every region with hospitable people of it. It is impossible for you to not to come across with different countries’ mosques, different period’s churches and synagogues in every corner of the Anatolia which hosted every kind of people from every nation during the ages. Armenian, Catholic, Bulgarian churches Roman patriarchates various cathedrals and synagogues that blinds you with their different architecture is existing in every part of Turkey. And also Christian world’s important pilgrimage center House of Virgin Mary is in the countries’ on of the most precious cities. You can be sure that this region which is hosting numerous pilgrim, can welcome you with different alternatives. Of course it is not just sightseeing places of Turkey that gains currency. The countries each region has got their own culture climate and cuisine also. The diversity that you cannot find over the world is just available in court kitchen. All kind of meals and all kind of pleasure addressing Turkish cuisine will make you lick your fingers. Again each locality will open a door to a different culture and meet you with different tastes and you will be amazed richness of the cuisine.
It is not possible to fit beauties of this world wonders in this few minutes. There is no need to be pessimistic if you do not have time to travel all over the country. There is a website that gives you detailed information about Turkey’s most beautiful cities.There are also high mountains, such as Ağrı, Kaçkar, Süphan and Ilgaz that allows you climbing sports and you may also enjoy winter sports in such mountains as Uludağ, Palandöken, Sarıkamış. These mountains contains facilities for skiing. If you wish, you may relax your spirit in the gren plateaus of Karadeniz while drinking your well steeped tea. As a country that surrounded on three sides by seas, Turkey, with her clean bays, long beaches and bright waters, is an excellent place for summer vacation. If you do not make parasailing in Fethiye Ölüdeniz, you may not complete your list of places to see.For discovering the handicraft such as marbeling[Ebru], calligraphy[hat] and ceramic or excellent Turkish rugs which are sewed by hand or local houses of Harran and Safranbolu, or Turkey’s foods and cloths awaits you!

Sakıp Sabancı Museum

Location :Istanbul / Emirgan

The Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) is located on the estate known as Atlı Köşk (Horse Mansion) which was bought by Hacı Ömer Sabancı in 1950 and used as a summer house by the family before it became a permanent residence for Sakıp Sabancı, housing his extensive calligraphy and painting collections.

Rahmi Koc Museum

Location : Istanbul / Haskoy

In July 2001, Rahmi M. Koç Museum opened a new wing to improve the display of its collection of industrial and scientific artifacts. This new section has some unique rail related pieces, including one of Sultan Abdülaziz railway car. This high quality museum is located in a former Ottoman anchor foundry, for the first building, and a disused 19th century shipyard for the new buildings. The two buildings are in the same street, on opposite sides. The museum is along the Golden Horn, much improved lately by genuine rehabilitation effort. Industrial activity was relocated and replaced by gardens and preserved areas. In my opinion, the buildings and the sites are already worth a visit.

The Chora Museum

Location : Istanbul / Eyüp

The building that is located in the Edirnekapı neighborhood of İstanbul and called the “Chora Museum” (Kariye Müzesi) is a church building that constitutes the center of the Chora Monastery, which was a great building complex in the Eastern Roman Empire period, and it was dedicated to Jesus Christ. Since it stood outside of the city walls built by Constantine, the building was called “Chora”, which means “in the country” or “outside of the city” in Greek.

Istanbul Archeology Museums

Location : Istanbul / Sultanahmet

Established in 1891 as the Müze-I Humayun [Imperial Museum], the Istanbul Archeology Museums are the leaders in the field of archeology science. Gathered and preserved by Fethi Ahmet Paşa, the Tophane-i Amire Musiri [Federal Marshal] in 1266 Hijri in the Aya Irini Church. The asar-i atika [old works] attract the attention of both domestic and foreign visitors. Upon the odd interest of the above-mentioned people on the war tools and gathering information on them, Harbiye Nezareti [Ministry of War] became anxious about it and vacated the old works from Aya Irini Church and transferred it to Cinili Mansion in Topkapi Palace. The first nizamname [ordinance], prepared on April 8, 1874 to safeguard the old works, was amended by Osman Hamdi Bey in 1822 in accordance with the conditions of those day with the claim for that nizamname privileging the foreigners more; and Sanayi-i Nefise Mektebi was built in 1883, what today is called as Eski Şark Eserleri Müzesi [Old Oriental Works Museum].

Suleymaniye Mosque

Location : Istanbul / Suleymaniye

Suleymaniye mosque, or better known as the mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent, was built in the 16th century by the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan for Sultan Suleyman the Magnificient, also known as the Legislator. It stands on a hilltop (3rd hill) dominating the Golden Horn and contributing to the skyline of Istanbul. The mosque is the largest mosque of Istanbul.

Islamic Art Museum

Location : Istanbul / Sultanahmet

Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is a museum located in Sultanahmet Square, just opposite of Blue Mosque. At first the museum building was the palace of Ibrahim Pasha, who was the first grand vizier to Suleyman the Magnificent. After the proclamation of the Turkish Republic, it started to serve as a museum.

Underground Cistern / Basilica Cistern

Location : Istanbul / Sultanahmet

The Turks call it “Yerebatan Sarayi” which means underground palace. It is open to visit in summer between 9am and 6.30pm, in winter between 9am and 5.30pm. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions and the largest surviving Byzantine cistern in Istanbul. It’s a great place to pass the time 30-45 minutes, especially during hot summer when its cavernous depths stay wonderfully cool. The underground Cistern’s symmetry and sheer grandeur of conception are quite extraordinary. It is located near the Hagia Sophia Church in the Sultanahmet district.

Topkapı Palace

Location : Istanbul / Sultanahmet
Topkapi Palace was built by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror in 1478, the construction of the Dolmabahce Palace Sultan Abdülmecid State's administrative headquarters and nearly 380 years has been the official residence of Ottoman sultans. In its formative years in an area of approximately 700 000 m. ² area of the Palace today 80 000 sq m. dir.Topkapı Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, the people, Star and others were evacuated with the start to live in palaces

Blue Mosque

Location : Istanbul / Sultanahmet

It is located at the Sultanahmet Square, opposite to the Hagia Sophia church. The Blue Mosque is one of the most famous religious buildings of the world. The mosque is one of several mosques known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. This Mosque has become one of the greatest tourist attractions of Istanbul. The location of the mosque is just opposite of the Hagia Sophia as it is trying to compete with it.

Hagia Sophia

Location: Istanbul / Sultanahmet

Hagia Sophia is the one of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture. It has also been called “the eighth wonder of the world” by East Roman Philon as far back as the 6th century.

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