Bursa

Green-Mosque-Bursa

A long day trip from Istanbul, Bursa is a city that dates back to at least 200 BC. Once part of the Roman Empire, Bursa was the first major capital of the Ottoman Empire back in the 14th century. Today, it is Turkey’s 4th largest city and the center of the Turkish automotive industry, but […]

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Prince Islands

Princess Islands Tour

In centuries past, the Prince Islands was a place where out-of-favor princes and other royalty were exiled to. Today, the nine islands are a place to celebrate fun in the sun, as it’s a resort for wealthy Turks. Just a short ferry ride away from Istanbul, the islands represent a slower pace of life, with […]

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Edirne

Selimiye Mosque, Edirne

Edirne, another early capital of the Ottoman Empire, was known as Adrianople, after the Roman Emperor Hadrian, until the 1930s. Located near the border with Greece and Bulgaria, Edirne has a lengthy military history, with 16 battles fought there over the centuries. Edirne is a city of domed mosques, with its Silimiye Mosque having the […]

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Troy

Trojan Horse at Troy

Troy is a legendary city in what is now northwestern Turkey, made famous in Homer’s epic poem, the Iliad. According to Iliad, this is where the Trojan War took place. Troy was destroyed many times since it was founded around the 3rd millennium BC, with a new Troy being built over the top of the […]

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Gallipoli

Gallipoli Anzac Day

Gallipoli is famous as one of the biggest disasters for the Allies in World War I. The battle at the Dardanelles lasted from April to December 1915, and ended with the defeat of the Allies by the Turks. The Gallipoli Peninsula offers many opportunities to learn more about this battle, including the Anzac Walk that […]

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Bodrum Castle

Bodrum Castle

Built as the Castle of St. Peter by the Knights Hospitaller in 1402, Bodrum Castle is one of World’s best preserved monuments. It is located in the city of Bodrum and built under the supervision of German Knight Architect Heinrich Schlegelholt. In order to consolidate the castle, squared green volcanic stone along with marble columns […]

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Mount Nemrut

Mount Nemrut

Mount Nemrut is a 7,001 ft high mountain located 40 km north of Kahta, where upon the summit large statues are erected. A tomb sanctuary edged by large statues probably 8-9 m high was built on the mountain top by King Antiochus in 62 BC which featured the King himself, several Greek, Armenian and Iranian […]

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Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

Primary Residence of Ottoman Sultans for close to 400 years, Topkapi Palace is a large palace in Istanbul, Turkey constructed during 1459. The palace is a major tourist landmark in Turkey and accommodates some of the important holy relics of the Muslim. It is also a World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO as the best […]

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Basilica Cistern

Yerebatan Sarayi (Basilica Cistern)

There are several hundreds of ancient cisterns that lay underneath the city of Istanbul but the largest of them all is Basilica Cistern. Built in 6th century 500 feet southwest of Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern is an Underground Chamber of approx. 453 ft. by 212 ft. The cistern was converted from a great Basilica constructed between […]

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Blue-Mosque-Istanbul

Built from 1609 to 1616 by Sedefkâr Mehmed Ağa, Sultan Ahmed Mosque is a historic mosque is Istanbul, Turkey. It serves as the principle mosque of Istanbul and is generally called as the Blue Mosque because of the Blue Tiles embellish the walls of its interior. Still today, Sultan Ahmed Mosque is used a mosque […]

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