Located at the crossroads between East and West, Turkey is home to a wonderful array of historical influences. This ancient homeland has monuments ranging across thousands of years of human political and religious history.
Here are 4 inspiring sites that should be on every cultural tourist’s bucket list.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site was once the Roman Capital of Asia Minor. It’s Temple of Artemis was one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, and today guided tours can take you through the most complete Greco-Roman city on Earth.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hattusha was the capital city of the Hittite Empire. Founded in 1600 BC and destroyed after 1200 BC, this ruin has stood for millennia. You can now walk around its sprawling underground passages and royal homes.
Since being founded in 1000 BC, the city has been ruled by the Persians, Alexander the Great, and the Romans. You can see a huge amphitheater that fits 15,000, a necropolis, gymnasium, and beautiful statues of the goddesses Nemesis, Aphrodite, Athena, and the moon goddess Selene.
Sitting on top of a high peninsular overlooking the sea is the ruin of what was once one of the best-defended castles on the Mediterranean. Reinforced by 140 ramparts, it is also very close to a number of mosques, the palace of Alaaddin Keykubat, and a church.