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Historical Places & Tours in Turkey

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque / İstanbul

The Blue Mosque was built between 1609-1616 by the Ottoman Empire Sultan Ahmet I. The architect was Sedefkar Mehmet Aga. It is known for it’s blue tiles and this is where the name Blue Mosque comes from, the Turkish poeple call it Sultanahmet Camii ( Sultanahmet Mosque). It has an amazing atmosphere. Thousands of people visit this historical place every year. It is still a working mosque so when you go to visit be careful to go at the right times. I believe that the best time to visit this amazing breath taking mosque is in the morning because queques start towards the afternoon. So you will have more time to explore the beautiful tiles and walk around the yard.

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These are the times that you can go to visit for touristic purposes. The mosque is open everyday. Please keep in mind that it is a active mosque and you must be dressed according. The mosque gives a scarf and a skirt ( if needed ) free of charge. The mosque is in the middle of Sultanahmet so it is right across of Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Palace.

Alanya Castle / Antalya

The castle was built in the 13th century. In the 19th century during the Ottoman Empires time the castle ceased to be purely defensive and many villas were build inside the walls of the castle. Now it serves as an open air museum. The museum is located 250 metres away from the sea.

The museum is open everyday of the week between 08:00 – 17:00. There are all so many night clubs and beaches in the area. Alanya is mostly known for its lavish night life. So if you like to party and have fun its an amazing place to be at.

Alanya Castle

Virgin Mary’s House

The Virgin Mary’s House/ İzmir

It is believed that the Virgin Mary lived in this house before she passed away. It is close to Ephesus and Kuşadası. It is located on top of the Bülbül Mountain, the place is a Hermitage and people carry holy water that comes out of the spring, ensuring health, holiness and wealth. The best time to visit is in spring because in the summer there can be massive crowds it is a quiet unique place full of beautiful trees.

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Olympus / Antalya

The city was founded in 3rd century BC. It was a pilgrimage center for the temple of Hephaestus at nearby Chimaera reachable on a Roman paved road. On the south of the river it contains chamber of tombs cut into the rock. You can also go for a swim. But unfortunately there aren’t any cafés or restaurants after you pass the entry so don’t forget to take your own drinks with you.

The night life is alive and mostly young generations prefer to visit and stay for the night life but there is a beautiful traking path through the woods. It one of the most enchanting places which take your breath away. So don’t forget to visit this place on your trip to Antalya.

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Stone Bridge

Stone Bridge / Adana

It is a Roman bridge spanning the Seyhan River in Adana it is believed that it was built in the 2nd century AD. The bridge was a key link in the antient trade routes from the Mediterranean Sea to Anatolia and Persia, until its closure in 2007. It was one of the oldest bridges in the world open to vechile traffic until 2007.

Since then it has been hosting social and cultural events such as the “Orange Blossom Carnival” which will be held this year between the 5-8 of April. The Carnival’s main purpose is to celebrate and welcome the early coming of spring. Walking around the beautiful city of Adana you can smell the blossoming orange trees. The best time to visit is the spring because the summer can get extremly hot.

The Basilica Cistern / İstanbul

The Basilica Cistern is located in Sultanahmet. It is known for it’s 336 pillars and the two Medusa heads that are caved at the back of the Cistern. One of the Medusa heads are side ways the reason for this is because the Ottoman Empire at the time did not know anything about the history of it and they had to stablize the pillar because it was too short so they put the statue of Medusa’s head.

You can make a wish by throwing a quater into the water below. Just to note down that it is very humid inside and beaware. The Cistern is open everyday of the week.

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Basilica Cistern