Top 5 Tourist attractions in Turkey

As Turkey is located where Europe meets Asia, Turkey tourist attractions have been popular for hundreds of years, with people being fascinated with where the East meets the West. This means that many of the Turkey top destinations reflect this joining of cultures, and give the tourists unique perspectives of the somewhat opposing cultures. With Turkey’s unique location giving perhaps strategic value, all the great civilizations of Europe and Asia have vied for control of the region, which has left Turkey a great wealth of history and affords visitors, among the other things to do in Turkey, an opportunity to visit ruins left behind by these great civilizations such as the Greeks and the Romans. Apart from Turkey’s rich history and unique location, Turkey’s landscape with coastlines on the Mediterranean and Black Seas plus sultry, misty mountains, also offer plenty of variety to any visitor.

With so much variety to offer any visitors to Turkey, the best destinations are very much dependent on the visitor’s personal choice but here are 5 of what are considered to be top tourist attractions in Turkey:

1:Hagia Sophia Museum:

:Hagia Sophia Museum

Hagia Sophia Museum

Located in Istanbul, this museum is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Turkey. It was originally built in the sixth century, as a Basilica for Justinian 1, the Emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire and its dome was for over 1,000 years the largest enclosed space in the world. Converted to a museum in 1935, the building itself stands as an exhibit, having been sacked in 1204 by crusaders and later, in the 15th century being transformed to a mosque by the conquering Ottoman Empire.

2:The Blue Mosque :

The Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque

Built between 1609 and 1616, as the Imperial Mosque for the Ottoman Empire it was supposed to display the splendor of Islam. It certainly is a spectacular sight, which can be attested to by many of the tourists to Turkey. It’s name and it’s beauty, can be attributed to the 20,000 blue tiles that of different designs that line the high ceiling. The building, which is still used as a Mosque, is almost as equally impressive on the outside, with six towering minarets dominating the Istanbul skyline

3:Oludeniz :

Oludeniz

Oludeniz

Translated, this means Blue Lagoon and this town got its name for the beautiful blue lagoon that it is near. Located where the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas meet, this lagoon is said to have not only one of the best beaches in the Mediterranean, but in the world. Because of the terrific panoramic views available from here, it is also considered to be one of the best paragliding locations in the world.

4:Mount Nemrut

Mount Nemrut

Mount Nemrut

This Mountain is 2,134 meters (7,001ft) high and is located in Southeastern Turkey. On the top of this mountain in 62 BC, a King built a tomb sanctuary surrounded by huge statues of himself, animals and several of the Greek and Persian Gods. Over the centuries the heads of many of these statues have broken off and lay scattered around the site. Not only does this mountain afford a spectacular view of the other mountains but also at sunrise, the headless statues take on a beautiful orange hue that enhances the mysterious atmosphere of the ruins.

5:Ephesus :

Ephesus

Ephesus

This is the home to one of the seven Churches of Revelation and St. Paul preached and lived here for two years. At its height it is believed that ¼ of a million people lived here and is one of the best preserved ancient cities in the world.

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