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50 Must-See Places in Turkey | Part 2

Here is a giant service from Do You Know Turkey! Our serial, which consists of 2 parts, about Must-See Places in Turkey, comes to an end with the 2nd article today. (To see the first part of 50 Must-See Places in Turkey | Part 1, please click here). Therefore, we are sure that you will reconsider your travel plans for this year and from now on.

So, enjoy your reading…

26- ASPENDOS: Archaic and Beautiful

Aspendos is an old archaic city with its famous amphitheater. It locates in 49 km west of Antalya. Theater, which has 15.000 audience capacity, was built-in A.C 2nd century by Roman. It is famous for the most well-preserved archaic structure in the world. So, it is undoubtedly among must-see places in Turkey.

27- SANTA CLAUS CHURCH: Has a Universal Fame

With universal fame, Santa Claus Church in Derme is among must-see places in Turkey
With universal fame, Santa Claus Church in Derme is among must-see places in Turkey

Santa Claus Church in Derme attracts tourists from all nations. It contains the archaic city of Myra. In Myra rocky graves that were caved to mountain expertly should definitely be seen. Santa Claus Church is 40 km far from Kaş.

28- ORDU: Watch The City from Boztepe

Turkey's another must-see places-Ordu City's view from Boztepe Hill
Turkey’s other must-see places-Ordu City’s view from Boztepe Hill

Nature shows all its beauty liberally in Ordu. You can also find the cleanest sand and the longest coastline of Blacksea. When you look from the hill of Boztepe, you will see the peaceful coexistence of blue and green in Ordu.

29- SÖĞÜT: A Historic Journey

Söğüt is the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire 700 years ago. The area locates in 29 km east of Bilecik. You should visit Söğüt to see the tomb of Ertuğrul Gazi, Dursun Fakı and Şeyh Edebalı and listen to the history of the establishment of an empire that had lasted for 700 years on three continents.

30- KÜLTEPE: Universally Well-Known

You can find the oldest written source of Anatolian civilization only in Kültepe —8 km east of Kayseri. So, experts from all around the world follow up on the archaeological excavation project.

31- İZNİK: Spend A Day in İznik

You should visit İznik if you arrive at Bursa. Thus, you can find fantastic traces of both the Seljuk and the Ottoman in this charming town. What’s more, it only takes one hour from Bursa by car. In the meantime, İznik tiles are world-famous. By the way, do not forget to buy some of them for your friends and yourself as a souvenir.

32- EĞİRDİR GÖLÜ: Lake with Seven Colors

Eğridir Lake in Isparta is fantastic in every season. Generally, its color is incredibly light blue. However, some days and hours it changes its color. Therefore, people name the lake as the seven color lake.

33- BALIKLIGÖL: Feed Holy Fishes

Balıklıgöl (Aynzeliha and Halil-ür Rahman) is famous as the lake where Hz. İbrahim (Prophet Ibrahim) is fell over when he was thrown into the fire. These two lakes are the most visited places in Urfa. So, it should be one of the places you are going to visit, too.

34- MARDİN: It is a Pity not to See Mardin

Must-See places in Turkey: Mardin-city of understanding and harmony
Must-See places in Turkey: Mardin-city of understanding and harmony

In Mardin, you will figure out the importance of rocks in human life. Furthermore, you will also see how human labor shapes rocks. On the other hand, you should also explore this city to see how religions and cults compose a perfect blend. What’s more, how they exist together in peace and harmony.

35- VAN GÖLÜ: Sundown in Van Lake

Turkey’s Van city, in the Eastern part of the country, can make motifs of Anatolia come alive with its cultural accumulation and scenic beauties. The biggest lake in Turkey, which harbor three islands, is in this city. However, Akdamar is the famous one between these three islands. Furthermore, there is also a historic castle on this island.

36- AYDER YAYLASI: Natural Coolness

Ayder Yaylası (Ayder Plateau) is far from 16 km to Çamlıhemşin Plateau covered with forests of spruce and beech. Its rich flora, thermal spring, and excellent panorama make this place a famous holiday spot.

37- ASHAB-I KEYF MAĞARASI: Ashab-ı Keyf Visitation

This cave appears in the Quran in Kehf Sura as Seven Sleepings. So, the cave attracts a lot of visitors every year. Moreover, the location of the area is Tarsus as it called in many Quran translations. Hence, it is a perfect spot to visit…

38- DAMLATAŞ MAĞARASI: It Makes Asthma Better

Damlataş Cave is more than a cave
Damlataş Cave is more than a cave

Alanya can easily be called a city of caves. However, Damlataş cave differs from alike. What makes Damlataş Cave different than other caves is that it is a world-famous cave. Together with its natural beauty, it is also known for its great atmosphere that makes people who have sick of asthma better. If you have such an illness, you should definitely visit Damlataş Cave whenever you are in Alanya.

39- HARPUT: An Outdoor Museum

So, Harput is 5 km far away from Elazığ and moreover, it has a view of the outdoor museum. You can find historic buildings here and there. Hence, Harput is a spectacular tourism center with its museum, castle, Mosque (Ulu Cami), the Virgin Mary church, and Buzluk Cave.

40- YEDİGÖLLER: Pearls in Neck of Bolu

Yedigöller (Seven Lakes) are formed in the course of time in valleys that lies between the mountains of Bolu. Further, they are lined up side by side. Thereby, you can call this place as a wonderland for nature in interest.

41- GELİBOLU: History in Gelibolu Peninsula

If you want to breathe this mystic atmosphere, then you should see Gelibolu in Çanakkale
If you want to breathe this mystic atmosphere, then you should see Gelibolu in Çanakkale

Gelibolu Peninsula, where gives evidence of bloody conflicts of World War I, is in the form of a war museum. Moreover, there is a war cemetery that attracts a lot of tourists both native and foreign around the world. All of them want to see the land on that their ancestors fought and died. If you want to breathe this mystic atmosphere, then you should see Gelibolu in Çanakkale.

42- EPHESUS: A Mysterious Trip to the Archaic City

This archaic city is near the Selçuk town of İzmir. It has a history of 4000 years. It is the most attractive tourist place with its churches, bazaars, cave, and founts and most of them stand as they are. You should definitely visit this city to be a witness to history and to feel it.

43- KARAİN MAĞARASI: From The First Civilization up to Now

Karain Cave is one of the biggest cave in Turkey and at the same time, it is a natural cave that people actually and literally lived in it.

44- ZEUGMA: City of Mosaic

The museum is in Nizip, which is a town of Gaziantep in the southeast of Turkey. Its mosaics that have stood from Roman times are world-famous. So, if you haven’t visited it yet, it means there is a missing in your life!

45- GÖLCÜK: A Dream in Nature’s Lap

You can reach Gölcük by following a path that winds near to Bolu. It appears as a miniature lake in front of you. Nevertheless, there is a bigger lake in Abant ideal for a cheerful walk, to pedal, and to make a Phaeton tour.

46- ANİ HARABELERİ: Mosque and Church are Together

Ani Harabeleri (Ani Ruins) in Kars in the northeast of Turkey is an attractive tourism center. They, in the meantime, symbolize different civilizations and cultures. This place is full of mosques, churches, caravansaries, and monasteries belong to different civilizations. So, history fans love here so much…

47- ARTVİN: Every Village of Artvin is a Plateau

So, here is another paradise on earth
So, here is another paradise on earth

Plateaus compose fifty-one percent of Artvin. Each one has a different beauty. So, in order to make a decision on which one is more beautiful, you must make a great effort! You can see Shara Plateau in Şavşat, Biliban Plateau in Ardanuç, and Kafkasör Plateau in the center of the city. Valleys come behind these. Moreover, you can also attend the festival in Kafkasör in summer and see bullfights if you want to experience something different.

48- KAZDAĞLARI: History, Oxygen, and Trekking!

Kazdağları lies down between Turkey’s Çanakkale and Balıkesir cities. It is a spectacular place with its very green nature, archaeological heritage, watercourses, and falls.

49- SAFRANBOLU: Whole beautiful houses of Anatolia

It is a small town in Karabük, in the Black Sea region of Turkey. So, the city is famous for its houses that represent Ottoman city architecture. What’s more, it is one of the nine cultural assets that appear on the world heritage list (UNESCO).

Related article: Safranbolu: A Town of Traditional Houses

50- HASANKEYF: Junction Point of Cultures

Hasankeyf is located between Mardin and Batman, eastern cities of Turkey. Thereby, in consideration of its position, it is an intercultural junction point. Even just because of this, it is worth to visit.

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  1. Thank you for putting together the beautiful photos and descriptions.
    But as a visitor, I am lost trying to put together the locations without a map showing where that all are. I hope to visit your beautiful country in the later part of 2011.

  2. It really looks like the most beautiful country in the world, it has everything…And, yes, a map would help

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