This ancient Greek city, located in southwestern Turkey in the Aydın province, continues to impress visitors with its archaeological site, marble quarries, and the temple of Aphrodite that dates back to the 3rd century BCE.
Archaeological Site of Ani
Quite the surreal sight, Ani, located on a secluded plateau that overlooks the Turkish and Armenian border, was a medieval city that flourished in the 10th and 11th centuries when it was the capital of the Bagratides Armenian kingdom.
Archaeological Site of Troy
One of the most famous archaeological sites with a history that spans back around 4000 years, the uncovering of Troy demonstrated the first contact between Anatolian and Mediterranean civilizations.
Bursa and Cumalıkızık
Once the capital of the Ottoman Empire, the city of Bursa as well as the nearby village of Cumalıkızık exemplify the urban and rural system that established the Ottoman Empire.
One of Turkey’s most popular tourist sights, the monuments belonging to the Roman Imperial period at Ephesus are impressive due to the well preserved states, most notable the Library of Celsus.
Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği
A masterpiece of Islamic architecture, the Great Mosque of Divriği is located in the Sivas province and impresses with its advanced vault construction and beautifully ornate decorations.
The former capital of the Hittite Empire continues to impress even as an archeological site that exhibits notable urban organization as well as the beauty of rich ornamentation found at the gates.
Historic areas of Istanbul
The hike up this mountain is rewarded by the sight of the mausoleum of King Antiochus (who ruled over the kingdom of Commagene) a site considered to be one of the Hellenistic period’s most ambitious works.
Neolithic Site of Çatalhöyük
Çatalhöyük is one of the world’s most important archeological sites because of the discovery of wall paintings, reliefs, sculptures, and more demonstrating the evolution of social organization and culture.
Once the capital of the Attalid dynasty, Pergamon was founded in the 3rd century BC and continues to stun visitors with the remains of such structures as the steep theater, the Kybele Sanctuary, and the Great Altar of Pergamon.
Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex
Considered to be one of Mimar Sinan’s greatest works, the Selimiye Mosque in Edirne impresses with its vast structure and tile work in its exterior that exemplify the apogee of the Iznik art.
Once the capital of the Lycian Empire, this archeological site in Antalya, which displays the most unique architecture belonging to the Lycians, was vital in the understanding of the Lycian people as well as their language.
Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia
It’s no surprise that the truly mysterious landscape of Cappadocia — with its erosion formed fairy chimneys, underground cities, and rock sanctuaries — is on UNESCO’s list.