Learn about Turkey's history at Hagia Sophia Mosque.
The Hagia Sophia Mosque, dating from the sixth century CE, is one of the most well-known and significant Byzantine monuments still standing today. A number of historical events occurred at the Hagia Sophia church, also known as the Megale Ekklesia. It would fascinate you to learn that the mosque's building was formerly a church. It was afterward converted into a pagan temple before being restored into a mosque in 1453 AD. If you appreciate studying historical events, you will undoubtedly enjoy a visit to the Hagia Sophia mosque.
Witness the Ephesian Ruins
The Ruins of Ephesus, which show the presence of Greeks and Romans, are another must-see on any vacation to Turkey. The remains, which date back over 2,000 years, are set among lush green vegetating hills whose coasts are thought to have been brushed by the Aegean Sea with the ancient Ephesus. While you may believe that the ruins are simply for display, you are mistaken! Climb onto these ruins for photography or simply to enjoy the scenery.
On your trip to Turkey, make time to explore Cappadocia and experience hot-air ballooning. With flight times ranging from 1 to 2 hours, the excursion allows you to capture breathtaking views of Cappadocia from the hot-air balloon. Capturing all of the hot-air balloons soaring in the sky would be an equally amazing sight! It is advised to visit Cappadocia during sunrise or sunset for the best views.
Travel through time in Troy
One of the places in Turkey that both locals and tourists visit is the antiquity of Troy. The roughly 5,000-year-old city's ruins show the presence of some of the greatest kings in antiquity. These people include Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great, both of whom invaded the city with the aid of the Trojan Prince Aeneas. Despite having been built and destroyed around nine times, the city's ruins nevertheless bear witness to the carnage that occurred during the actual Trojan War. During your journey to Troy, you might discover a great deal more fascinating knowledge.
Sightseeing while riding the Ferry
You can sneak into Asia's Eminonu, Kabatas, and Besiktas and return to Turkey's European land by taking a ferry over the Bosphorous. It is the narrowest area in Turkey where Asia and Europe are divided by natural straits that are part of international waterways routes. You could notice the differences in city layout and architecture between Europe and Asia during the ferry voyage. While doing so, you can savor some delectable meals and beverages on the ferry to make it an unforgettable experience!
One of the most well-preserved antique theaters is found in Aspendos. Built in 155 AD under the reign of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the theater of Aspendos had a capacity of 15,000–20,000 people. The stage area was regularly restored and maintained because it later served as a caravanserai (a roadside inn) during the Seljuk era. As a result, the Aspendos Theatre has survived to the present without losing nearly any of its original attributes.
Aegean Sea's southwest shore is home to the little town of Olüdeniz. It boasts a quiet sandy bay on a blue lagoon at the mouth of Olüdeniz. This Mediterranean beach continues to be one of the most photographed due to its famed turquoise hues. Due to its exceptional panoramic views, Olüdeniz is also regarded as one of the top paragliding locations in the world.