Having witnessed the rise and fall of many empires as well as the lives of many different cultures and religions, Turkey is chock-full of historical wonders. From abandoned monasteries and ancient cities to the most popular touristic structures, check out this round-up of the most important attractions in the country where Europe and Asia meet. Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.
Hasankeyf is an ancient town that runs alongside the Tigris River, and you should witness the stunning remains from the Artuqid period before a dam project floods it.
The narrow streets, historic stone houses and hidden churches of Mardin are absolutely mesmerising.
The Alahan Monastery dates back to the fifth century and is one of the best examples of Isaurian stonemasonry, hidden away at an altitude of 1,200m (4,000ft).
This once magnificent Medieval Armenian city may lie in ruins, but the remains continue to stun visitors, especially because of their location in the idyllic Kars province landscape.
An ancient city once inhabited by a Greek-speaking population, Kayaköy is now a stunning ghost town with two beautiful Eastern Orthodox churches.
A Unesco World Heritage site, the city of Safranbolu is home to very well-preserved Ottoman-era houses and architecture.
Built into a steep cliff in the Trabzon province, the Greek Orthodox Sumela Monastery is not only beloved for the architecture but also the frescoes.
Once a powerful fortress on the Euphrates river, Rumkale continues to amaze because of its location across a glistening blue peninsula.
Şanlıurfa is a stunning city where historic structures (dating as far back as 304BCE) stand alongside modern constructions, and the excellent cuisine reflects the deep history.
Çıralı is not only known for its gorgeous beach but also the remains of the ancient Lycian city of Olympos, which is believed to have been constructed around the fourth century BCE.
This beautiful castle was built in 1226 under the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum and continues to overlook the city from a rocky peninsula.
The fairy chimneys and underground cities of Cappadocia are truly stunning – as is the famous hot-air balloon tour. You can visit the underground city of Kaymakli on a guided tour as part of Culture Trip’s immersive 12-day Turkey adventure.
This ancient Greek city is among the most visited historical sites in the world due to the excellent state of the magnificent structures there.
This ancient Greco-Roman city in the Antalya province continues to wow with an incredibly well-preserved theatre.
Once a powerful ancient Greek city, the ruins of Pergamon, a Unesco World Heritage site, continue to amaze visitors.
The mausoleum of the famous Sufi mystic and poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi is a hugely important attraction in Konya.
At the summit of this 2,134m-high (7,001ft) mountain is a collection of ancient sculptures believed to be a royal tomb.
The mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is a true feat of architecture.
A visit to Istanbul would not be complete without exploring this stunning Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica that now serves as a museum.
The hot spring and pure white travertines of Pamukkale have become an iconic image associated with Turkey.
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