20 Must-Visit Attractions in Turkey

Mardin | © Feride Yalav
Mardin | © Feride Yalav

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 roundup of the most important attractions in Turkey.


An ancient town that runs alongside the Tigris River, visitors should witness this small city’s stunning remains from the Artuqid period before a dam project floods it.

Hasankeyf, Batman


This once magnificent medieval Armenian city may lay in ruins but its remains continue to stun visitors, especially because of their location in the idyllic Kars province landscape.

Ani Ruins, Kars


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 4th century BC.

Olimpos, Antalya

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