Sights and Sounds There are a lot of Sights and Sounds in Turkey that people love to hear about, and people love to go there, and a lot of people go there to see them.
Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya).
Sights and Sounds Under the preservation of UNESCO, this heritage site is looked upon as a treasury of ancient knowledge. Most of the places in Istanbul have witnessed a significant religious merger. And Hagia Sophia, a 6th century church which was refurbished by the Ottoman Turks as a mosque and later secularized has high significance in today’s time. One of the famous tourist places in Turkey, this museum is a very intellectual pick for your holiday. An interesting fact to keep in mind while you tour the museum is that Hagia Sophia was constructed in just 6 years of time. Location: Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydani No:1, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey.
Butterfly Valley, Fethiye.
One of the greatest rewards for walkers on the Lycian Way is the spectacular view as you pass above Butterfly Valley: a jag of cove sheered out of the land, colossal cliffs rising sheer and scrubby either side of the narrow blue bay, fading to turquoise at the shore. On the toenail of sand-and-pebble beach at the foot of it, accessible only by boat, there’s a campsite with a beach bar serving beers and grilled fish, and yoga classes are held beneath the trees. Heading inland, the valley (used for all eternity as a goods route) leads through lush greenery and waterfalls, and in springtime, is filled with 100 species of butterfly.
On approach to Bodrum, on one of the many 50 minute ferries leading into the port city, you will first see a pristine coastline with the Castle of St. Peter standing high above the coastline. This city has bags of charm, some gorgeous upscale resorts, stunning beaches and beautiful scenery. Bodrum is a melting pot of cultures with several cultural events throughout the year to celebrate each one. Its 37,000 population welcomes visitors with open arms as they love educating guests on their history including Greek mythology in this quaint fishing village.
Perched on a strategic hilltop overlooking the plains of Mesopotamia in southeastern Turkey, Mardin is the capital of the Mardin Province. One of the oldest settlements in the region, Mardin is best known for its cultural diversity and Old City of sandstone buildings that cascade down the hill. Mardin’s Old City is easily toured by walking. The maze of meandering streets leads visitors along terraced houses and popular sites like Deyrü’z-Zafaran Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the world, and the Sultan Isa Medresesi, a medieval monument that once served as an astronomical observatory. Zinciriye Medresesi, a 14th century Islamic school, features beautiful courtyards and art works.
Kabak bay is the shore by the Lycia village. Tourists can reach here using the dolmus, taxi or car in about an hour from Ölüdeniz. There aren’t any shops or ATM’s around the vicinity. A visit to the Kabak is an escape from city life. Visitors are generally seen sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling and relaxing by the beach. The narrow beach is usually crowded with tourists but is a fun place to be in as you have tent shelters dotted along the bay, where you can relax. For tourists who stay by the bay sumptuous meals with tomatoes, olives, pickles and more are served. Location: Uzunyurt, 48300 Uzunyurt Köyü Fethiye/Fethiye/Muala, Turkey.
Situated by the river Eurymedon this ancient city of Antalya is famous for its theatre which dates back to the 2nd century. The wide dramatic structure of this historic location with the sky high walls and the open view captivates the audience. You can make a visit to this theatre or even get lucky to watch a ballet performance if you book a ticket in advance during your visit. Location: Serik, Antalya Province, Turkey.
Stretching more than seven miles, Patara Beach is the longest and most wildly beautiful in Turkey – and also one of the emptiest. Breakers crash along one edge of this deep, wide stretch of pale sand; along the other are dunes and pine trees, marshes and lagoons, now a natural park rich in birdlife, so you are completely surrounded by water and wildlife – most notably, endangered loggerhead turtles. It’s thanks partly to the turtles that the beach remains unspoilt and protected, and also to the ruins of the ancient city of Patara, built – it is said, by Apollo’s son – at the back of the beach. You access the shore via these ruins.
Literally translating to “cotton castle” in English language, Pamukkale is famous all over the world for its mesmerizing cotton-look terraces. Lying in the southwestern part of Turkey, Pamukkale flaunts pure white terraces, which make it’s slope appear like a snowfield set amidst the lush landscape. The magnificent calcite hill of Pamukkale is also home to the rambling remnants of Roman Hierapolis, which makes for another attraction of this place, alongside the breathtaking travertines. Visit Pamukkale at dusk to witness the travertines shine amazingly as the sun goes down the horizon.
Cappadocia, a semi-arid region in central Turkey, is known for its distinctive “fairy chimneys,” tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Monks Valley, Göreme and elsewhere. Other notables sites include Bronze Age homes carved into valley walls by troglodytes (cave dwellers) and later used as refuges by early Christians. The 100m-deep Ihlara Canyon houses numerous rock-face churches.
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