1. Hagia Sophia Museum
One of the most popular gems of Turkey Tourism, Hagia Sophia Museum is an epitome of beauty and boasts of grand Byzantine architecture. Residing in Istanbul, the museum was once a Greek Orthodox Christian cathedral, and after approximately 900 years, it was considered as an Ottoman imperial mosque. Built by Emperor Justinian, the museum is a reminder of the 6th century Turkey.
Location – Hagia Sophia Museum is situated in Sultanahmet, Ayasofya Meydani in Istanbul.
Entry Fee/Price – The ticket fee for entering Hagia Sophia Museum is TL 60.
You can visit the museum from 9 am to 5 pm. It remains closed on Mondays.
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2. Goreme Open-Air Museum
One of the UNESCO protected sites of Turkey, Goreme Open-Air Museum is an amalgamation of rock-cut churches, chapels and monk-cells. Dating back to the 10h century, the complex is the most famous tourist attraction of Cappadocia.
Here, you will come across Elmali Kilise – Apple Church, Aziz Barabara Sapeli – Chapel of St. Barbara, Yilanli Kilise – Snake Church with wall paintings of St. George, and Karanlik Kilise – Dark Church storing frescoed walls.
Location – Goreme Open-Air Museum is situated at Cappadocia’s Goreme Valley.
Price – The entry fee for Goreme Open-Air Museum is TL 54 and entry for children under 8 years is free.
Timings – The place opens from 8.30 am and closes by 7 pm.
3. Kaymakli Underground City
Among the famous Turkey tourism sites, Kaymakli Underground city is the grand historical example of ancient wonders. The underground city was first chiselled out of the ground in the Bronze Age Hittite era when Christians started living underground to protect themselves from Arab and Persian invaders.
This Cappadocian beauty is famed for the 6th and 7th century’s Byzantine history. Here, the city extends to a total of eight levels out of which four can be explored by visitors. The pathways inside Kaymakli are narrow and consists of a confusing network of tunnels.
Location – Kaymakli Underground City is situated at Kaymakli village of Central Anatolia Region of Turkey.
Price – The entrance fee for visiting Kaymakli Underground City is TL 42.
Travertines might be mistaken for snow-capped pathways but these white calcite cliffs of Pamukkale were formed by calcium deposits. These travertines look like a bizarre yet stunning natural fortress of snow. Here, for a perfect sightseeing tour, you should head for a walk barefoot from the base of calcite mountain to the top of cliff ridge. The upper levels of travertines have pools of water where you can sit and soak in the beauty of Pamukkale.
Location – The Land of Thermal Pools, Pamukkale is situated near Denizli in Turkey.
Price – The entrance ticket for adults and children to visit Pamukkale is TL 50.
5. Hierapolis Theater
Yet another gem from Turkey Tourism, Hierapolis Theater is nuzzled amidst the ruins of Hierapolis. This remarkable edifice was constructed during the reign of the Roman Emperors, Hadrian and Septimius Severus. The mighty theatre has two tiers of seating and consists of 26 rows.
The original details of Hierapolis Theater are well preserved like the imperial VIP guests vox, decorative panels along the stage, and aesthetic composition of rows.
Location – Hierapolis Theater resides in the Buyuk Menderes valley and adjacent to the Pamukkale and Denizli cities of Turkey.
Timings – You can visit this place around 11 am.
6. Sumela Monastery
Sumela Monastery or Monastery of the Virgin Mary is one of the most beautiful attractions of Turkey Tourism. Situated in the south of Trabzon, Sumela Monastery dates back to the Byzantine era. Inside the chapel, you will come across vibrant frescoes and warren of rooms boasting of the religious life of previous centuries.
Apart from the beauty of Sumela Monastery, the geographical location is its another unique feature. The monastery’s entrance heads to a scenic route where you will come across the rocky terrains around the premises.
Location – Sumela monastery is enveloped amidst the Pontic Mountains range in Macka district of Trabzon province.
Price – The entry fee for Sumela Monastery is TL 10 and entry for children under 8 years is free.
Timings – You can visit this place from 9 am to 7 pm.
7. Kabak Beach
Situated in Fethiye, Kabak Beach comprises astonishing blue waters and white sands. To reach this beach, visitors have to take a 30-minute walk from Kabak village down a steep path. Also, several hikers and backpackers follow the Lycian path via Faralya to reach Kabak beach.
The pristine setup of Kabak is surrounded by lush green pine forest and the Turkish Mediterranean Sea. Also, here are several watersports for visitors to experience the laid-back vibes.
Location – Kabak beach is situated near Kabak village of Lycia in Turkey.
Price – Not required.
Timings – You can visit Kabak beach from 11 am to 6 pm.
8. Pergamon Acropolis Area
Visit the ancient site of Pergamon near the town of Bergama. An Acropolis area, it was the most striking feature of the Hellenistic city. Here, you will come across a 15000-seat theatre, Temple of Athena, Pergamon’s famous library, the Temple of Trajan, and the Altar of Zeus.
Plan a full-day tour from Izmir to cover the highlights of this classic historical city. Here, you’ll get to explore the Acropolis and Asclepion areas, and the Bergama Archaeological Museum.
Location – This city is situated in Bergama of Izmir province of Turkey.
Price – It will cost TL 20 for visiting the Pergamon Acropolis Area.
It is open from 8.30 am to 7 pm.
Topkapi Palace is a colourful and beautiful reflection of the magnificence of Turkey's former Ottoman Empire. The first courtyard is the outermost, and the fourth is the innermost, of the four large courtyards that made up the Topkapi Palace. Each courtyard has a unique collection of buildings and specialties that draw visitors from all over the world. And as the Ottoman Empire came to an end, the government transformed Topkapi Palace into a museum honouring the glorious past.
Location- Cankurtaran, 34122, Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
Timings- Everyday 10am to 4pm, Tuesday closed.
The Basilica Cistern is a well-known historical attraction that attracts millions of visitors each year. The big cistern is made up of 336 columns that are 9 metres long and 4.8 metres apart. The two Medusa heads are the most notable feature of the Basilica Cistern. The two heads are reminiscent of magnificent Roman architecture and the roof of the cross vault rises high on marble columns laid out in a gridiron pattern. It’s an architectural marvel which is definitely worth visiting.
Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, 34110 Fatih/?stanbul, TurkeyTimings-
Everyday 9am to 7pm.
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