Released: Sun Jun 26 2022

Turkey — 8 Highlights for your 2022 Trip

Turkey consists of much more than summer vacations on the beach and large hotel complexes with all-inclusive offers . The history of Turkey is particularly exciting in early antiquity, as the country played an important role at that time. Many of the sights are still from that time or from the time of Roman occupation. Temples in honor of the gods are very beautiful and especially the large port cities give an idea of the wealth and power from this time.
A round trip or excursions to other areas of the country are therefore also worthwhile.

Brian Hammonds 📸

Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Istanbul is the most populated city in Turkey and definitely worth a visit. Istanbul is one of the Islamic cultural centers and was even named the cultural capital in 2010.
The Blue Mosque, actually Sultan Ahmed Mosque was built in the 17th century. The mosque provides an impressive image with the numerous domes and minarets. The name Blue Mosque comes from the countless blue and white tiles that were processed here. These are mainly located inside the mosque and bathe everything in a mystical light.
The garden and the domes are also very impressive. The mosque is surrounded by a marble courtyard. Despite the numerous tourists who visit the mosque every day, it is still the main mosque of Istanbul and is used by believers to pray.
The Blue Mosque is the only Islamic house of worship ever entered by a head of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XVI paid it a visit in 2006.

Abd Alhafez ABBARA 📸

Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul

Istanbul has many other important places to offer. One of them is the bridge over the Bosphorus, which separates Europe and Asia. One can consider crossing it as taking a step towards another continent. The first Bosphorus bridge is said to have been built as early as the 4th century BC. Today you can find a modern suspension bridge. Istanbul is the only metropolis in the world built on two continents.

Cüneyd Demirci 📸

Cave Churches of Cappadocia

The entire Cappadocia region has been designated a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site. The landscape is located in central Anatolia and is home to mountain ranges and volcanoes. In these mountain ranges there are numerous underground cities, the most significant and extraordinary among them are the cave churches of Cappadocia.

Nutthavood Punpeng 📸

The builders of that time wanted to build their churches in a mountain range in order to be as close to God as possible. Therefore, they also chose pointed peaks to be incorporated into the churches. The interior of the churches is well protected in the rock and so are the wall paintings and decorations. Today it is impressive and unusual to find underground churches. In the past, this was the only place of retreat to pursue religious activities in peace on the busy Silk Road. Here the places of worship were protected from looting and raids. The first churches were probably built in the 7th century AD.

Nutthavood Punpeng 📸

Ancient Ruins of Xanthos

The city of Xanthos is one of the most historic of all. The once important city experienced numerous sieges, wars and conquests and was always fought over. Today, the remains only hint at what once happened here. The temple district of Letoon has some interesting tombs to offer and here you can experience some mythology.
Those who love stories and legends will get their money’s worth here.

arzu özsavasci 📸

Limestone Terraces of Pamukkale

The so-called sinter terraces in Pamukkale are a true spectacle of nature. Bizarre limestone deposits were formed over thousands of years, forming fantastic shapes. In 1988 they were even declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

David Hurley 📸

The terraces lie on a slope and form numerous basins filled with water. The white limestone provides a breathtakingly beautiful sight. The thermal water continues to flow over the terraces, forming ever new formations. The arrangement and the different shapes are so varied and bizarre that it could only be created by nature itself. When the sun shines on the white basins it is so bright that one almost feels dazzled. In any case, one is captivated by the beauty of this natural wonder from the very first moment.
A look at the terraces at sunset is also worthwhile, because then the sunset red is reflected in the white limestone and colors the otherwise white basins into glowing red formations. With the setting sun, all the color nuances are reflected and one stares spellbound at this natural spectacle.

Juan Cardador 📸

Statues of Gods of Nemrut Dagi

These statues are located in a national park in southeastern Turkey. Here, history and faith become tangible because all the gods were depicted here in statues larger than man. Some of the statues are already a bit dilapidated, so some are missing head or limbs, but this does not detract from the fascination. You can see exactly how impressive and gigantic these stone giants once were and what meaning they have.
The mountain on which the statues are located is actually a burial mound created by King Antiochus. Besides the impressive statues, the view from the top is also breathtaking.


Ruins of Ephesus

Ephesus was one of the most important ancient cities in this region. It used to be located on the coast and was a lively port city. However, over time, sedimentation and climatic changes have shifted the coast, so that today the city is located several kilometers inland. The city also included the famous Temple of Artemis, which is now one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Mustafa Yıldırım 📸

The ruins of the temple only hint at its original size. 117 columns of about 18 meters high were built into the temple grounds and contributed to the gigantic scale of the temple. In the past, the temple is also said to have been decorated with silver statues and elaborate paintings, but unfortunately these are no longer visible today.
The ruins also house the Celsus Library, which is said to have had 12,000 papyrus scrolls. The statues that decorate the entrance to the library are still well preserved.
Other ruins include the Temple of Hadrian and the Ancient Theater of Ephesus. From the top tiers of the theater you can see all the way to the sea. It used to seat 21,000 spectators.

Muhammet Kürşat Sarıarslan 📸

Rock Tombs of Myra

The city of Myra is on the one hand a famous place of pilgrimage and on the other hand houses the impressive rock tombs. Bishop Nicholas of Myra is said to have been born there, a man who was strongly committed to the poor and needy. He was canonized and a church was built in his honor. According to some legends, the popular St. Nicholas custom can also be traced back to him. Miraculous healings and other things are said to have taken place at his grave, so that it became an important place of pilgrimage.

Christian Loste 📸

For tourists, on the other hand, the rock tombs, which were built around 400 B.C., are a major attraction. Unlike in our country, the tombs are not built into the earth, but into high rocks. From there the soul of the dead should be able to reach heaven with the help of bird spirits. The graves look like dwellings and are partly decorated with sculptures and other things. Who wants to visit the tombs should not be afraid of heights, because a view down is a little oppressive. However, the view from below is just as fascinating and impressive.

Leanne O’Neill 📸

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