Turkey’s tourism data has been announced recently. According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey’s announcement, Turkey reached 42.9 million visitor number. So, between the months of January and November last year, Turkey had reached these numbers.
Turkey has hosted 48 million 46 thousand 732 visitors totally in the first 11 months in the previous year. Some 43 million of the visitors arriving Turkey comprise of foreigners. In accordance with January-November 2019 border statistics of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 42 million 910 thousand 408 foreigners visited Turkey. The rise became 14, 31 per cent in comparison to the same period of last year.
What are the Most Tourist-Sender Countries to Turkey?
In the first 11-month period of the year, Turkey welcomed the most visitors from the Russian Federation. The rise was 17, 42 per cent in comparison to last year. And the number of visitors from Russia is 6 million 887 thousand 136 visitors. Then, Germany took second place in the rank with rise of 11, 57 per cent. So the number of German visitor is 4 million 835 thousand 626 visitors. Finally, the United Kingdom takes the 3rd place on the list. The rise, this time, is 13, 30 per cent. So as the number, 2 million 506 thousand 246 visitors from the United Kingdom visited Turkey last year. Bulgaria and Iran are in pursuit of the list, respectively.
What are the Most Popular Tourist Destinations of Turkey in 2019?
Number 1: Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia was the most popular touristic site of 2019 with a total of 3,727,361 visitors, according to Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry said. Ottoman Empire remodelled Hagia Sophia as a mosque after the invasion of Istanbul in 1453. After centuries, Hagia Sophia became a museum in 1935. The ministry added that the total number of visitors to all museum and archaeological sites has increased by 7 million. So that the number of visitors reached 35,048,417 in total. Thus, the ancient structure was the most popular destination in Turkey in 2019. Byzantine Emperor Justinian I ordered the construction of Hagia Sophia. So, the construction on the Hagia Sophia started in 532 and ended in 537.
Hagia Sofia Museum ticket costs TL72 (US$10.25) for adults, though children aged below 8 years old enter for free.
The Hagia Sophia is open in Winter (November to March) from 9 am to 5 pm and in Summer (April to October) from 9 am to 7 pm.
The latest you can enter the museum is one hour before closing time.
Number 2: Konya’s Mevlana Museum
The second most visited touristic destination in 2019 was the Mevlana Museum in Rumi’s birthplace. The museum takes place in the central Anatolian province of Konya. The museum welcomed a total of 3,464,155 visitors in 2019. Thus, the museum took the 2nd place on the list of the most visited tourist destination of last year.
- Mevlana Museum Visiting Hours – Summer Term: 09.00-19.00
- Mevlana Museum Visiting Hours – Winter Term: 09.00-16.45
- The museum is open in religious days and holidays between 20:00 and 23:00.
- Mevlana Museum Holidays: The museum can be visited every day of a week.
Number 3: Denizli/Pamukkale Hierapolis
Denizli/Pamukkale Hierapolis was the third most popular touristic destination with over 2,557,868 visitors. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Summer Period: 1 April – 1 October Opening time: 06:30 Closing time: 19:00
Winter Period: 1 October – 1 April Opening time: 06:30 Closing time: 19:00
Entrance Fee: 60 TL.
Number 4: Istanbul’s Topkapı Palace
Topkapı Palace was the home of Ottoman sultans. Moreover, Mehmet the Conqueror built the palace. So, the palace was next in the popularity ranking and coming in fourth with 2,364,946 visitors.
- Monday: 10:00, 14:00
- Tuesday: NO TOURS – the museum is closed
- Wednesday to Sunday: 09:00, 10:00, 11:30, 13:30 and 15:30
So, the approximate duration is 75 minutes. Therefore, you are better if you meet your guide at the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour start time.
Topkapı Musem entrance fee is 72 TRY.
Finally, you can share with us your favourite touristic point in Turkey. So, we can enrich our post by adding your favourite one.