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  • 1 Blue Mosque Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    This jewel of the 17C has retained its vocation as a sanctuary, hence the requirement to remove one's shoes before entering. The goal of the architect was to surpass the elegance of the Aya Sofya basilica, which he achieved via the forest of domes an..

  • 2 Suleyman's Mosque Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Sami Onar Cad.

    The construction of this mosque was commissioned by the sultan Suleymen the Magnificent to the most talented of the architects of the 16C, Sinan, with the aim of surpassing the Aya Sofya basilica, a goal that he achieved. Perched on the third hill of..

  • 3 Ephesus Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Ephesus is one of the best preserved cities of the Antique world. Excavation work, which first started here in the 1860s, has uncovered most of its streets and buildings, including its town hall, houses, shops and public latrines. In this dazzling ci..

  • 4 Cruise in Kekova Bay Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    A small, unspoilt creek protected by Kekova Island and a string of small islets, Kekova Bay is dotted with countless ruins - stone ghosts strewn here and there among the rocks, the undergrowth and marshland, or submerged in the transparent waters of ..

  • 5 Termessos Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The Ancient Greeks and Romans certainly chose some stunning locations for their cities. Some nestle at the end of a bay, while others, perched on mountainsides, offer breathtaking views. In Termessos, this idyllic mountain location, surrounded by gre..

  • Considered by enthusiasts to be one of the highlights of any trip to Turkey, the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations provides an excellent introduction to the rich history and culture of the Hittite, Phrygian, Greek and Roman worlds. Arrange in chronol..

  • 7 Göreme Valley Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Göreme Valley consists of a spectacular landscape of cones, ravines and white cliffs. The natural beauty of the scenery has been further embellished by man, who has dug more than 30 cave churches in the rock and decorated them with stunning frescoes,..

  • 8 Rüstem Pasa Mosque Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Hasircilar Cad.

    Rüstem Pasa mosque, a treasure of Ottoman architecture, was designed by Sinan (1561) for Rüstem Pasha, Grand Vizir and son-in-law of Suleiman the Great. It is justly famous for its Iznik ceramics, the traditional blue tones of which are enriched here..

  • 9 Beyoglu Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The modern city that Turkey is keen to showcase to claim its place as a European nation, stretches out beyond Galata Bridge. The Beyoglu district, the heart of intellectualism in the 19C, has retained a slightly outdated feel compared to the ultra-mo..

  • 10 Modern Art Museum, Istanbul Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Meclisi Mebusan Cad., Antrepo 4

    The Museum of Modern Art of Istanbul, which occupies a former customs' warehouse on the banks of the Bosphorus, was designed by architect Monica Bonvicini. Painting, sculpture, photography and video provide a fantastic insight into modern and contemp..

  • 11 Dolmabahçe Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dolmabahçe Cad.

    With its unusual cocktail of styles, such a popular feature of the 19C, the Dolmabahçe Palace is a mix of both neo-Classical European influences and Orientalism. Such eclecticism can leave visitors somewhat perplexed, a feeling enhanced by a tour of ..

  • 12 Beylerbeyi Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Beylerbey Palace faces Ortaköy, on the other side of the bridge. This former summer palace, clad in marble and surrounded by gardens, was built in 1865 for the Sultan Abdülaziz (1830-1876) and hosted guests such as Empress Eugénie of France. The room..

  • 13 Cruises on the Bosphorus Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The Bosphorus is a hive of activity, with boats constantly loading and unloading cargo and passengers between Istanbul's eastern and western shores and the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. A boat trip along the straits makes for a pleasant and relax..

  • 14 Imperial Complex of Beyazit II Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    The imperial complex of Beyazit II stands on the banks of the Tunca river. Completed in 1488, it is the largest in Edirne as well as being the most complete. For the mosque, adorned with four elegant minarets, the architect adopted an inverted T-shap..

  • 15 Ramparts, Iznik Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Iznik's imposing ramparts, which extend for almost 5km around the town, consist of a double set of walls with an exquisite promenade laid out between them. Built originally in the 1C, and doubled in the 3C, these restored ramparts, which were shored ..

  • 16 Imperial Complex of Beyazit I Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    As soon as you arrive, you are struck by the magnificent façade of the mosque and its equally elegant marble portico. This is the most beautiful vestige of Beyazit I's imperial complex, which was completed in 1395. Seriously damaged by several earthq..

  • 17 Murat II Complex Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Here also, enamelled Iznik tiles play a starring role, covering the tympanums and part of the prayer room with their geometric and floral motifs, and occasionally even celestial spheres and stars. The remarkable 15C Murat II complex is also renowned ..

  • 18 Pergamon Acropolis Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    This acropolis is worth a visit to Pergamon in its own right. Once you have passed the royal gate, you arrive at one of the world's major Hellenistic sites, and one which was also prominent during the Roman era. From this rocky spur teeming with hist..

  • 19 Sardis Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Inhabited for more than 4 000 years, Sardis was the capital of the Lydian Empire, whose rulers included Croesus. It subsequently became a major Roman city and a Byzantine bishopric. In the surrounding countryside, planted with vines which produce Smy..

  • 20 Temple of Artemis, Sardis Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    With its extraordinary dimensions, the Temple of Artemis rivalled in importance the Ionian temples of Ephesus, Samos and Didyma. Although only the skeleton of this 3C BC temple now remains, it is easy to imagine its huge size, which measured 46m by 9..

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