Turkey attractions Archive

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The Great Agri Mountain, Mt. Ararat

Rising from the common borders of Turkey and Iran, Mt. Agri (Ararat), an inactive volcano capped year round with ice and snow, reaches 5137 meters. The Old Testament records that it was on this mountain that Noah’s Ark came to rest after the great flood. Southwest of the mountain, the Little Mt.

Adri (Ararat) reaches up to 3896 meters. The Serdarbulak lava plateau (2600 m) stretches out between the two pinnacles. Whatever your motivation for visiting this region and exploring the mountain range, climbing the spectacular Agri (Ararat) is a challenging and rewarding experience.

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Mountaineering in Turkey

A glance at a topographical map of Turkey immediately reveals that this is a country of mountains.

Rising in all four directions, mountains encircle the peninsula of Anatolia. A part of the Alpine-Himalayan mountain range, Turkey has mountainous regions of different geological formations. The North Anatolian range skirts the Mediterranean shore.

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Mount Nemrut

At the junction of the East and West civilisations, Nemrut Dagi (Mount Nemrut) is one of the most astounding sites in Turkey: A collection of colossal statues on a remote mountain 2150m high, adorning the temple and tomb of King Antiochus.

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Attractions in Safranbolu

The town is best know because of its old Turkish houses and has numerous pieces of art, of which over a thousand are under protection.

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Suleymaniye Mosque

The cascading domes and four slender minarets of the Imperial Suleymaniye Mosque dominate the skyline on the Golden Horn’s west bank.

Considered the most beautiful of all imperial mosques in Istanbul, it was built between 1550 and 1557 by Sinan, the renowned architect of the Ottoman Empire’s golden age.

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Topkapi Palace

On a finger of land at the confluence of the Bosphorus, the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara stands the Topkapi Palace, that maze of buildings that was the focal point of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries.

In these opulent surroundings the sultans and their court lived and governed.

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Istanbul Nightlife

Istanbul is one of the most thrilling, exciting and energetic cities in the world. In fact, it is even considered to be the cultural capital of Europe because there are so many things to do in Istanbul. After sunset, Istanbul really comes to life as there is dancing, drinking, live music, shows and much more. Many people book flights to Istanbul to get away from the pressures of everyday life and enjoy some electrifying nightlife, Istanbul is the place to be. Some of the most popular nightlife attractions in the city include:

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Halic – The Golden Horn

This horn-shaped estuary divides European Istanbul. One of the best natural harbors in the world, the Byzantine and Ottoman navies and commercial shipping interests were centered here.

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Rivers in Istanbul

İstanbul’s only real river is the Bayrampaşa Creek, which used to be known as Lykos but acquired its other name during the Turkish period. (more…)