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Travels throughout Turkey
Are you planning your trip to Turkey, or at least dreaming of one? Here are some suggestions on places to go, and what to see and do.
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It was known as Byzantium, then Constantinople, and now it is İstanbul. This fantastic city has lots of history. You will want to see the Hagia Sophia (or Ayasofya), the Blue Mosque (or Sultanahmet Camii), the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, the Golden Horn and Bosphorus, and more.
Cappadocia is one of the most amazing places in the world. A volcano laid down a thick layer of volcanic ash thousands of years ago — it hardened into a soft rock called tufa, and for the past few millennia people have been carving their homes and churches from this rock. Stay in one of the pensions in Göreme, and you will likely stay in a room carved from the rock!
Konya is not on the usual tourist itenerary, but maybe it should be! See some beautiful and distinctive Seljuk architecture, and visit the shrine of Mevlana Rumi, famed Sufi mystic poet and founder of the Whirling Dervishes.
The Hittites moved into Anatolia around 2000 BCE and established their capital at a place called Hatuşaş, a large fortified city on the side of a mountain, overlooking a large valley. They eventually ruled a vast empire, conqueroring Babylon and challenging the Egyptian pharoahs. Their empire declined after about 1250 BCE.
Nemrut Dağı, or Mount Nemrut. is further east, near Malatya. Nemrut Dağı is topped by a strange collection of huge statues put there around 200 BC by a megalomanic king. They are supposed to represent the king and his relatives, the dieties of all the surrounding civilizations. The kingdom fell soon after, and the site was completely forgetten. It was only rediscovered in the late 1800's.
Trains are not used as often in Turkey, they do not go nearly as many places or travel as often (or even as fast!) as buses. However, for some trips they can be a great way to travel overnight in luxury for about the same cost as a bus ticket plus a night in a pension!
supertravel.com has maps of Turkey on line.
Novels set in Turkey
Looking for something to read to get you in the mood to visit Turkey? Or to recall your trip? Try these: