Mount Nemrut, located near Adıyaman, is believed to be a royal tomb that dates back to the 1st century BC.
Mount Nemrut | © Klearchos Kapoutsis/Flickr
Anıtkabir, one of Ankara’s most impressive sights, is the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first president of the Turkish Republic.
Anitkabir | © Ming-yen Hsu/Flickr
Dalyan is a town in the Muğla province that is known for its beautiful river, ancient Lycian tombs cut from rock, and Iztuzu Beach where visitors enjoy the sun and water.
Dalyan | © ReflectedSerendipity/Flickr
One of Turkey’s most popular natural sites, Pamukkale is famous for its travertines, or white terraces composed of carbonate minerals formed by flowing water.
Pamukkale | © josep salvia i boté/Flickr
Quite a rare example among historical Turkish palaces, the Ishak Pasha Palace is located in the Doğubeyazıt district of the Ağrı province and dates back to 1685.
İshak Paşa Sarayı | © Christian Koehn/Wikimedia Commons
The Cathedral of Ani is an Armenian church that lies in the now abandoned medieval city of Ani, located near the Armenian border in the Kars province.
Ani Cathedral | © Mr Hicks46/Flickr
Ölüdeniz is a beach in the Fethiye district that is known for its perpetually calm water and beautiful blue colour, frequently chosen among the top 5 beaches around the world.
Ölüdeniz | © Fredi Bach/Flickr
The city of Mardin is famous for the Artuqid architecture that populates its old town. The Artuqids were a Turkmen dynasty that ruled over Eastern Anatolia, Northern Syria and Northern Iraq in the 11th and 12th centuries.
Mardin Post Office | © Nevit Dilmen/Wikimedia Commons
The Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep is the world’s biggest mosaic museum, featuring 1700 square metres of artifacts from the ancient city of Zeugma. The ‘Gypsy Girl,’ is one of its most precious exhibitions.
Gypsy Girl | © Panegyrics of Granovetter/Flickr
Uludağ Mountain (‘Sublime Mountain’), near the city of Bursa, is one of Turkey’s most popular places for skiing, with an elevation of 2,543 m.
Kartaltepe Peak, Uludağ Mountain | © Ty/Flickr
A summer favorite, Antalya is located by the coast and bordered by the Taurus Mountains. It is the largest city on the Mediterranean.
Antalya | © zolakoma/Flickr
The Hatay Archeology Museum is famous for its extensive collection of Roman and Byzantine era mosaics that were found in the ancient cities of Daphne, Seleucia Pieria (Samandağ), Antioch, and Tarsus.
Hatay Archeology Museum | © Panegyrics of Granovetter/Flickr
Alanya is not only known for its beautiful beaches but also its many historic remains that date back to many empires such as Ptolemaic, Seleucid, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman.
Alanya | © Ivan Turkouski/Flickr
Cappadocia is one of Turkey’s most magical sites, with its ‘fairy chimney’ rock formations, Bronze Age homes carved into the valley walls, and underground cities.
Cappadocia | © Moyan Brenn/Flickr
Another idyllic summer destination of pure green and blue, Kuşadası (‘Bird Island’) gets its name from its shape that resembles a bird’s head.
Güzelcamlı, Kuşadası | © Mizrak/Flickr
No mention of Turkey would be complete without Istanbul, a city that has the remnants of many empires as well as cultures, ethnicities, and religions.
Istanbul | © Moyan Brenn/Flickr
Located near Selçuk in the İzmir province, Ephesus was an ancient Greek city that was built in the 10th century BC, and which flourished during the Roman Republic in 129 BC.
The Sumela Monastery, a Greek Orthodox Monastery dating back to 386 AD, is located in a steep cliff at an altitude of around 1,200 metres overlooking the Altındere Valley in the Trabzon province.
Sumela Monastery | © Bjørn Christian Tørrissen/Wikimedia Commons
The beautiful Taurus Mountains, dividing the southern Turkey’s Mediterranean coastal region from the central Anatolian Plateau, are a striking site for keen hikers.
Taurus Mountains | © Zeynel Cebeci/Wikimedia Commons
The Mevlana Museum in Konya is the mausoleum of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet whose followers created the Mewlewi Sufi order (also known as Whirling Dervishes) in 1273.
Mevlana Museum | © Nazzarenoagostinelli/Wikimedia Commons