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Istanbul

Istanbul

The queen of the cities. Some ancient cities are the sum of their monuments. But others, suach as Istanbul, factor a lot more into the equation. In the former Byzantine and Ottoman capital, you can st ...

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Gallipoli

Gallipoli

Washed by the Aegean Sea to the west, the Gallipoli Peninsula is bordered to the east by the Dardanelles, a strategic waterway giving Access to the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and Black Sea. In anci ...

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Troy

Troy

The first inhabitants lived here during the early Bronz Age. The cities called Troy I to Troy V (3000-1700 BC) had a similar culture, but Troy VI (1700-1250 BC) took on a different Mycenae-influenced ...

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Pergamon

Pergamon

Perched on a hilltop above the modern town of Bergama, the great acropolis of Pergamon is one of the most dramatic sights in Turkey. Originally sttled by the Aeolian Greeks in the 8th century BC, it w ...

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Ephesus

Ephesus

Ephesus is one of the greatest ruined cities in the western world. A Greek city was first built heree in about 1000 BC and it soon rose to fame as a centre for the worship of Cybele, the Anatolian Mot ...

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Pamukkale

Pamukkale

In Hellenistic times, the thermal springs at Hierapolis made the city a popular spa. Today, the ruins of Hierapolis stil draw visitors, who come to swim in its mineral-rich pools and to see the startl ...

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Kas

Kas

Kas was built adjoining a long, narrow peninsula, over the ancient port city of Antiphellos (port of Phellos), and was noted for its cork oaks. In 1839, it was so tiny and impoverished that the Englis ...

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Cappadocia

Cappadocia

The majestic jewel of Central Anatolia is the Cappadocia region, a bewitching landscape of spectaclary eroded tuff (hardened volcanic ash.) Mount Erciyes, an extinct volcano, looms over this haunting ...

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Didyma

Didyma

The prime reason to visit Didyma (modern Didim) is fort he Temple of Apollo, built in the 7th century BC to honour the god of prophecy and oracles. By 500 BC, thee shrine at Didyma was one of the lead ...

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Bodrum

Bodrum

Bodrum is modern name fort he ancient Dorian city of Halicarnassus, location of the famous Mausoleum built by Mausolus (375-53 BC), ruler of ancient Caria, who made the city his capital. The city wall ...

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Marmaris

Marmaris

Like most of the resorts along the Aegean coast, it s difficult to envisage Marmaris as the quaint fishing village it used to be. The stretch of beach, now lined with hotels, extended to the main stre ...

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Fethiye

Fethiye

A medium size market town and agricultural centre, Fethiye fringes a sheltered bay with a large harbour, making it a good place for scuba diving and boating. In addition to having many upscale holiday ...

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Ankara

Ankara

The modern capital of the Turkish Republic, occupies a strategic location on the east-west route across the Anatolian steppe. Believed to have been the site of a Hittite city, there is evidence of Phr ...

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Konya

Konya

Konya is set on a high, bleak plain in the middle of the Anatolian steppe. Known throughout Turkey for its pious inhabitants and strong Islamic leanings, this ancient city has an increasingly modern a ...

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Mt.Nemrut

Mt.Nemrut

The huge Stone heads on the summit of Mount Nemrut were built by King Antiochus I Epiphanes, who ruled the Commagene kingdom between 64 and 38 BC. To glorify his rule, the king had three enormous terr ...

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Antalya

Antalya

Mountains, beaches and seaside setting are the obvious magnets, and the city is now one of Turkey’s premier resort areas. Antalya (ancent Attaleia) was founded by Attalus II, a king of Pergamon, in 15 ...

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