Turkey is a true paradise for holiday makers because of its rich history and picturesque sites. From the magnificent Mimanet and dome skyline of the capital Istanbul to vast ruins that run through the southern coasts of the country, every visitor will find the place truly irresistible. To enjoy and make your holiday unforgettable, here are top five tourist places to visit in Turkey.
Hagia Sophia is a museum located at the heart of the capital, Istanbul, and was designed and constructed in the 6th century during the era of Emperor Justinian. The gothic structure demonstrates masterworks of the early Romans and remained unrivalled for more than 1000 years as world largest enclosed space. Though it was looted in the 12th century, it is till now holding most of its structures. After defeating by the ottoman, the building was turned into a mosque, but later turned into the current museum by the Turkish administration in 1935. This is a must visit to connect the contemporary with history.
Goreme fairy chimneys
Cappadocia has gained great fame for the natural and weird looking formations that date back to thousands of years ago. The formations are best viewed from Goreme, a town that sits on several Tuff cones or fairly chimneys. These chimneys make it possible for people to experience the actions of nature and its greatness. The chimneys were created by action of corrosion by wind and water on 2 volcanic layers. Many of these caves have over the years been hollowed to make houses, stores, and even churches that help to connect with history.
The Celsus Library
To the eastern part of Turkey, ruins of Ephesus have become a must see for many people in Turkey, Europe and all over the globe. Thesaurus entry of Constantinople destroyed the Ephesus city, but most installations are still visible. One of these remains is the library of Celsius. The library was established about 125 AD to house over 12,000 scrolls as Celsius (governor of Asia) tomb and monument. Using the original materials in the ruins, the library was reconstructed and is one of the best places to provoke an individual’s sense of history and even study.
The blue mosque
This most was established early in the 17th century and has become one of the most popular installations in turkey. It has 6 minarets and a Gothic architecture. Like many other iconic mosques, it has the tomb of the founder, Sultan Ahmed. The high ceiling is lined with over 20,000 deep blue tiles with varied patterns. It is this colour that has made it named the blue mosque
Patara beach stretches for about nine miles and forms the longest continuous sandy beach in the entire Mediterranean Sea. The beach is backed by lovely and picturesque Roman, Lycian, and swooping dunes that have no visible buildings. The Patara Beach also forms the breeding site for the seriously endangered Loggerhead turtle. In addition to this, it was the birthplace of St. Nicholas. It is important to remember that St Nicholas later passed into the legendary Santa Claus. Remember to look for turkey visa if you are travelling to turkey for the first time.