10 Historical Places in Turkey That You Should't Miss Out!
1645620580 158409.jpg?w=60&h=60&dpr=1
Top Selling Turkey Tours | Save Upto 35% Off
1574057398 tf 190527052434 013705.jpg?w=60&h=60&dpr=1
Best Turkey Attractions

Historical Places to Visit in Turkey

1. Mount Nemrut
2. Van Castle
3. Goreme Open Air Museum
4. Aphrodisias
5. St. Nicholas Church, Myra
6. Gobekli Tepe
7. Kayakoy
8. Aspendos
9. Bodrum Museum Of Underwater Archaeology
10. Sumela Monastery

Nestled in the middle east, the historical places in Turkey are nothing less than a haven for history lovers. The country was occupied by the Seljuq, Byzantines, and Ottomans and has left a lot of monuments that are worth visiting. While places like St Nicholas Church are a testament to the Eastern Orthodox sect of Christianity, Mount Nemrut, influenced by Greece and Persian deities like Helios, Apollo, and Commagene-Tyche, make it a must-visit destination for those exploring Turkey tour packages. Visit Gobekli temple which is famously known as one of the first man- made monumental infrastructures. The country is also well known for its castle and one of them is Van Castle, which is used to perform religious rituals. You can uncover the St. Nicholas Church, which is dedicated to the social worker St. Nicholas.

One of its kind Bodrum Museum Of Underwater Archaeology is an underwater museum that will let you discover the ancient shipwrecks in the Aegean Sea. Over the past, Turkey has witnessed sects of Christianity and religious orders set up places of historical significance that are worth considering. Attractions like Mount Nemrut and Goreme Open Air Museum, along with cities like Aphrodisias are Turkey's historical places to visit and are also recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Explore this underwater museum and it's wonders with our Europe tour packages.

Here are some of the best  historical places in Turkey:

Image description
Bigger Group? Get special offers upto 50% off!
We create unforgettable adventures, customised for your group.
Connect with a group tour expert
Full Name
Phone number
Travel Date
Traveller Count
Explore All (15)
Best Turkey Attractions Explore All (16)
Explore All (16)

Mount Nemrut

  • Mount Nemrut is a dormant volcano whose name has its origin in King Nimrod, a Biblical character who also ruled this region 2100 ago.
  • It is a world heritage site declared by UNESCO and is 2150 meters tall. 
  • Today the mountain is filled with leftovers of giant statues that once existed on this mountain. 
  • Tourists visiting this place can check out the status of Greco-Persian deities like Zeus, Apollo, Helios, and Commagene-Tyche.
  • The mountain is easily accessible by walking and it is an uphill journey of 600 meters.
Also Book & Checkout - Turkey Tours From Mumbai

Van Castle

  • Alternatively known as the Fortress of Van, this is a massive stone fort built by the Urartu kingdom between the 7th and 9th century BC during the iron age and is one of Turkey's historical places to visit. 
  • It is located on an elevated rock that overlooks the banks of Van Lake and comes with facilities like an armory, entrance gates, warehouses, and towers. 
  • The fortress was originally built by the Urartu Kingdom and was occupied by different conquerors like the Persians, Armenians, and Arabs. Later, the fortress was restored by the Ottomans. 
  • After the 2011 earthquake, the fortress was restored along with the museum and today it introduces visitors to the different types of Urartian castles spread across this region.

Location: Yal, 65040 Merkez/ipekyolu/Van, Turkey 

Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM

Must Checkout - 
Turkey Tour Packages From Delhi

Goreme Open Air Museum

  • Located in Cappadocia, the Goreme Open Air Museum are rock cut monasteries with eye-catching frescoes that are as old as the 10th century. 
  • It is one of Turkey’s historical places to visit that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 and consists of churches, houses and monasteries carved out of soft lava rocks by the local communities during the 10th century BC after they chose to spend a life of austerity. 
  • These structures resemble chimneys and are locally known as “fairy chimneys” in Goreme. 
  • Some of the important landmarks in this open air museum that are still intact and worth checking out are the Karanlik Kilise Church and the Tokai Kilise.

Location: 50180 Göreme/Nevehir Merkez/Nevehir, Turkey

Timings: 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM

You May Also Book - 
Turkey Tour Packages From Bangalore
Best Of Turkey Explore All (95)
Explore All (95)


  • Aphrodisias was once a small ancient Greek city located in the Caria cultural region of Turkey’s western Anatolia. 
  • It is known for the sanctuary of Aphrodite and the sculptures made out of marble as it also shows the interaction between the ancient Greeks and Romans.
  • This is one of the historical places in Turkey that has been visited by tourists since the 18th century and was also prone to scientific exploration. 
  • It's got carvings and inscriptions that talk about the social lives of the local people who lived there and is also a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO. 

Location: Geyre, Aydin Province, Turkey

Timings: 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM

Book Now - 
Istanbul Vacation Packages

St. Nicholas Church, Myra

  • The St Nicholas Church is known to be one of the most important religious structures for the Byzantines in Anatolia. 
  • It was constructed in 520 AD after St Nicholas died and was later buried in that church. Over time, the church underwent damage due to earthquakes and war but was restored several times 
  • Visitors can check out the Sarcophagus of St Nicholas, the 3 chapels and the different types of frescoes that highlight the different stages of St Nicholas's life. 
  • Every 6th December the church commemorates St Nicholas, the Archbishop of Myra in Lycia and is celebrated by Orthodox Christians spread across the world. 

Location: Geyre, Aydin Province, Turkey

8:00 AM to 7:30 PM

Also Checkout - Europe Honeymoon Tour Packages

Gobekli Tepe

  • Translated as Potbelly Hill, the Gobekli Tepe is a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO and is an archeological site dating back to the Neolithic period.
  • This site consists of some of the world's oldest megaliths and historical places in Turkey dating back to more than 10,000 years ago. 
  • Today tourists visiting this place can find structures that resemble T-shaped stones and are filled with motifs of animals like lions. 
  • There are day trips available from Sanliurfa and come with amenities like a visitor center and facilities for tourists using a wheelchair or a stroller.

Location: Örencik, 63290 Haliliye/anlurfa, Turkey

Timings: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM


  • Located in the southwestern part of Turkey, Kayakoy has been a ghost town and an abandoned village in the Lycia province of Turkey since the 1920s. 
  • Historians suggest that both Christians and Muslims used to live in this place in harmony but due to the population exchange, the city has been abandoned ever since. 
  • Today a lot of structures in this place are left to crumble and are a hidden gems waiting to be discovered. and although 
  • Today, it is one of the historical places in Turkey located close to the city of Hisarönü, and is also a hidden gem waiting to be discovered

Mugla province, Turkey

Must Book - Turkey Couple Packages


  • Aspendos is an ancient Greco-Roman city located 40 kms from the city of Antalya in Turkey. 
  • It is an acropolis that was originally built by Emperor Marcus Aurelius and is located on the top of a flat hill amidst some monuments like the Market Building and Odeion.
  • Today, the venue is still in use for events like operas, concerts and events like the Antalya Film Festival, and the annual Aspendos Opera and Ballet Film Festival.
  • This place is easy to travel by both car and bus and the best time to check out this place would be from March to June. 

Serik, Antalya province, Turkey

Timings: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Do Checkout - 
Europe Tour Package For Family

Bodrum Museum Of Underwater Archaeology

  • Apart from being a prominent partying destination, Bodrum is home to the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. 
  • The origin of this museum dates back to when this was originally a castle and was built on the top of a Byzantine church between 1406 and 1522.
  • Later it was restored and used as a venue to protect the findings from the underwater excavations in the 1960s. 
  • Today, the museum houses artifacts dating back to the 14th century BC and continues to function today as a museum.
  • Tourists visiting this museum must buy a ticket preferably by booking them well in advance. 

Location: car Mg 48400 Bodrum/Mugla, Turkey
Timings: 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Sumela Monastery

  • Alternatively known as the Monastery of Virgin Mary, the Sumela Monastery is a 1500 year old Greek monastery of the Orthodox Christianity faith and is located within the Pontic mountains of Turkey's Trabzon province. 
  • The monastery overlooks the Alt?ndere valley and is more than 1500 years old. 
  • This historical place in Turkey is also a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO that was built in 385 AD.
  • The monastery’s name is derived from the word ‘mela’ meaning dark, as it was built on Karadag mountain (locally translated as a dark mountain)
  • Later, when the Ottoman sultans established the powerful Ottoman kingdom, they preserved and restored the monastery. 

Location: Altndere, 61750 Maçka/Trabzon, Turkey

Timings: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

People Also Ask About Turkey

  1. Which are some famous museums in Turkey?

    1. Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology- A unique underwater museum that was once a palace and later turned into a storage facility for artifacts recovered from underwater archeological expeditions.

    2. Goreme Open Air Museum-
    Tourists visiting the Goreme Open Air Museum can check out the rock cut monasteries and churches with eye-catching frescoes. They have been carved out of soft laval rocks and are now recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

    3. Van Castle Museum-
    Popularly known as the Fortress of Van, this is a stone fort built that overlooks the Van lake and was originally used as a storage facility and an armoury. It was damaged due to an earthquake in 2011 and was later restored to its present structure.
  2. Which are the best places to visit in Turkey?e

    • Van Castle
    • Mount Nemrut
    • Aspendos
    • Kayakoy
    • Sumela Monastery
  3. What is Turkey's most famous landmark?

    Hagia Sophia is one of the most famous historical places in Turkey which originated from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. It was once a Christian Basilica and was later converted into a mosque. It has undergone a lot of rounds of restoration and is one of the most sought-after landmarks by tourists planning to Turkey historical places to visit.
  4. What is the best month to go to Turkey?

    April, May, September, and October are the best months to visit the historical places in Turkey. These are the months when the country witnesses the peak tourist season. However, tourists can also plan a visit during the shoulder season which usually ranges between November to March and explore Turkey historical places to visit. This is the time when the weather becomes slightly chilly but it is also pleasant enough to plan a trip and check out Turkey's historical places to visit.
  5. How many days are enough to visit Turkey?e

    It is advisable for tourists to plan a visit to Turkey for up to 10 to 14 days and explore a select few historical places in Turkey. This will also give you plenty of time to check out the prominent cities in the country and visit their historical attractions and beaches.
Newly Added Turkey Experience

Attractions in Turkey

Explore All (8)

Turkey Top Attractions

Places To Visit In Turkey
We love visiting cultural heritage places and Turkey is one truly packed with it! We loved the experienced and its beauty. And admire how we were supported by the team person who helped us in ever possible aspect, Thank you.
It was exactly as advertised and advised from the flights to tours to tour guides for a superb unforgettable experience.
It was an amazing tour. We enjoyed a lot on this trip as everything was perfect on time
Pushti Bandopadhyay Turkey Package From Delhi
We were very satisfied with the arrangement of the tour during our stay in Istanbul. the tour guides were very friendly. The transport transfer was efficient. The hotels where we stay was great and comfortable.
Great experience! Everything was perfectly organized and they helped us with everything since the beggining
We had a very adventurous trip which was filled with lots of joy and most of the tourist attraction places were covered.
It is beautiful country to visit, with various beautiful places with natural diversity. Loved the places and how it was managed.
It was truly one magical trip we had with the team of Thrillophilia. As also we were completely dependent upon them and I must say they are reliable and trust worthy for your trip and everything related to it. Thank you.
Keeping in mind the no. of days we had and everything we wanted were almost included in this package. Everything was already planned beautifully executed and managed by the people. It was amazing!
Tanushri Bhattathiri Cheapest Turkey Tour Package
Turkey being the full package of cultural heritage and popularly known its exceptional beauty. We loved the place and its culture. Also the team and planning for more.

Popular Nearby Places Around Turkey

Popular Related Destinations

Places to Visit in India

Places to Visit in Delhi Places to Visit in Goa Places to Visit in Pune Places to Visit in Bangalore Places to Visit in Mumbai Places to Visit in Hyderabad Places to Visit in Jaipur Places to Visit in Chennai Places to Visit in Kolkata Places to Visit in Ladakh Places to Visit in Spiti Places to Visit in Andaman Places to Visit in Arunachal Pradesh Places to Visit in North East Places to Visit in Sikkim Places to Visit in Darjeeling Places to Visit in Meghalaya Places to Visit in Gangtok Places to Visit in Rajasthan Places to Visit in Uttarakhand Places to Visit in Kerala Places to Visit in Karnataka Places to Visit in Maharashtra Places To Visit In Himachal Pradesh Places to Visit in Madhya Pradesh Places to Visit in Kashmir Places to Visit in Manali Places to Visit in Dharamshala Places to Visit in Shimla Places to Visit in Mcleodganj Places to Visit in Nainital Places to Visit in Mussoorie Places to Visit in Dehradun Places to Visit in Rishikesh Places To Visit In Jammu Places to Visit in Srinagar Places to Visit in Chikmagalur Places to Visit in Munnar Places to Visit in Kodaikanal Places to Visit in Ooty Places to Visit in Pondicherry Places to Visit in Wayanad Places to Visit in Coorg Places to Visit in Mysore Places to Visit in Lonavala Places to Visit in Alibaug Places To Visit In Mahabaleshwar Places to Visit in Udaipur Places to Visit in Jodhpur Places to Visit in Jaisalmer Places to Visit in Mount Abu Places to Visit in Agra Places To Visit In South Goa Places To Visit In North Goa
Currency Picker
Commonly Used Currencies
Indian Rupee
USD - $
United States Dollar
SGD - $
Singapore Dollar
AUD - $
Australian Dollar
GBP - £
British Pound
AED - د.إ
United Arab Emirates Dirham
All Other Currencies
Albanian Lek
AMD - դր.
Armenian Dram
ARS - $
Argentine Peso
AWG - ƒ
Aruban Florin
BBD - $
Barbadian Dollar
Bangladeshi Taka
BMD - $
Bermudian Dollar
BND - $
Brunei Dollar
BOB - Bs.
Bolivian Boliviano
BSD - $
Bahamian Dollar
Botswana Pula
BZD - $
Belize Dollar
CAD - $
Canadian Dollar
Swiss Franc
CNY - ¥
Chinese Renminbi Yuan
COP - $
Colombian Peso
Costa Rican Colón
Czech Koruna
DKK - kr.
Danish Krone
DOP - $
Dominican Peso
DZD - د.ج
Algerian Dinar
EGP - ج.م
Egyptian Pound
ETB - Br
Ethiopian Birr
FJD - $
Fijian Dollar
Ghanaian Cedi
GIP - £
Gibraltar Pound
Gambian Dalasi
Guatemalan Quetzal
GYD - $
Guyanese Dollar
HKD - $
Hong Kong Dollar
Honduran Lempira
HRK - kn
Croatian Kuna
Haitian Gourde
HUF - Ft
Hungarian Forint
IDR - Rp
Indonesian Rupiah
Israeli New Sheqel
JMD - $
Jamaican Dollar
Kenyan Shilling
KGS - som
Kyrgyzstani Som
Cambodian Riel
KYD - $
Cayman Islands Dollar
Kazakhstani Tenge
Lao Kip
LBP - ل.ل
Lebanese Pound
Sri Lankan Rupee
LRD - $
Liberian Dollar
Lesotho Loti
MAD - د.م.
Moroccan Dirham
Moldovan Leu
MKD - ден
Macedonian Denar
Myanmar Kyat
Mongolian Tögrög
Macanese Pataca
Mauritian Rupee
Maldivian Rufiyaa
Malawian Kwacha
MXN - $
Mexican Peso
Malaysian Ringgit
NAD - $
Namibian Dollar
NIO - C$
Nicaraguan Córdoba
NOK - kr
Norwegian Krone
NPR - Rs.
Nepalese Rupee
NZD - $
New Zealand Dollar
PEN - S/
Peruvian Sol
Papua New Guinean Kina
Philippine Peso
Pakistani Rupee
QAR - ر.ق
Qatari Riyal
Russian Ruble
SAR - ر.س
Saudi Riyal
Seychellois Rupee
SEK - kr
Swedish Krona
SLL - Le
Sierra Leonean Leone
SOS - Sh
Somali Shilling
Salvadoran Colón
Swazi Lilangeni
THB - ฿
Thai Baht
TTD - $
Trinidad and Tobago Dollar
TZS - Sh
Tanzanian Shilling
UYU - $U
Uruguayan Peso
UZS - so'm
Uzbekistan Som
Yemeni Rial
South African Rand
JPY - ¥
Japanese Yen
Vietnamese dong