Top Attractions in Turkey

Top Attractions in Turkey: Hagia Sophia (Istanbul)

Come and check out this gigantic structure that has stood the sands of time since the middle ages, built in 537 AD the Hagia Sophia was originally constructed under the orders of Byzantine Emperor Justinian 1 but later fell into the hands of the Ottoman empire. The Hagia Sophia today stands as one of  Istanbul’s 2nd most popular attraction and attracts about 3.3 million tourists annually.

Top Attractions in Turkey: Cappadocia

come and check out some of the most picturesque landscapes in the world! Cappadocia is renowned for its natural rock formations, ancient underground cities and hot-air balloons. Staying in one of the many cave hotels in Cappadocia is highly recommended and fret not if you’re on a budget as there are hotels and hostels fit for travellers of any budget!  

Top Attractions in Turkey: Göbekli Tepe (Orencik)

The most ancient ruin in Turkey has been shrouded in a cloud of mystery. the ruins are believed to have been around since the 9th-millennium bc. archaeologist today still have no clue what this incredible man-made structure was used for, but one thing they do know is the feat achieved by the settlers during that time was certainly impressive especially since they didn’t have power tools to cut through those rocks!

Top Attractions in Turkey: Pamukkale (Denizli)

Check out the white geothermal terraces of Pamukkale and the ancient Greco Roman city that was built on top of it known as Hierapolis which is believed to have been founded in the 2nd-century b.c! the terraces are formed out of travertine which is sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs!

Top Attractions in Turkey: Sumela Monastery (
Maçka district)

deep within the Altindere National Park lies an impressive monastery nestled on the side of a steep cliff. the site is of great cultural and historical significance to the people of Turkey. the monastery has had a tumultuous history with stages of abandonment and re-settlement. Today the Monastery is used primarily as a tourist attraction and is sought after for those insta-worthy photos!

Top Attractions in Turkey: The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul (Istanbul)

visit one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul has been open to “shoppers” since 1460! The Bazaar was constructed with the purpose of stimulating the economic prosperity of Istanbul and initially only sold goods such as textiles and gems, however, over a few centuries new sections were constructed to include sections for luxury goods, teas, spices and trinkets. The Bazaar is believed to have about 4,399 shops crammed into its impressive 61 streets and is today one of the major landmarks of Istanbul. Even if you’re not planning on purchasing any items during your visit to the Bazaar it is still a trip worth making as the market is a great place for you to get a brief insight on the daily lives of the locals of Istanbul!

Top Attractions in Turkey: Library of Celsus ( Selcuk)

Coined as “one of the most impressive buildings in the Roman Empire”. with a moniker like that the Library did not disappoint, during the times it was still in operation it not only served as a place to store knowledge, it was also the mausoleum of  Roman senator Celsus. The Library was able to store an impressive number of 12,000 scrolls, this made the Library of Celsus the third largest library of the ancient world. Today the library is in ruins but it still is a piece of history that is not to be missed!  

Top Attractions in Turkey: Topkapi Palace (Istanbul)

Topkapi Palace is a sightseeing experience that is best not missed. Orders for the building of this baroque-styled palace was given by Mehmed the Conqueror around the 14th century and has served as a place of residence for the many of the Ottoman sultans for at least 400 years until sultan Abdulmejid decided to move to the newly built Dolmabahce Palace. Today the Palace is kept in pristine condition and has been turned into a museum for you to experience a special piece of ancient architecture and history. 

Top Attractions in Turkey: Kayaköy (Fethiye)

Try not to be spooked when you visit this massive ghost town, Kayakoy or otherwise known as Livissi is an abandoned village near the city of Fethiye. Kayakoy was originally settled on during the 14th century and its inhabitants Anatolian Muslims and Greek Orthodox lived peacefully until the end of the Greco-Turkish War in 1992, the Population Exchange between Greece and Turkey started the expulsion of all of Kayakoy’s inhabitants. Today Kayakoy Village is ranked by UNESCO as a World Friendship and Peace Village and has been explored by many visitors near and far!

Top Attractions in Turkey: Ruins of Troy (

A site that is best not overlooked, this ancient site was once a prosperous city and has been around since the bronze age in 3000 bc. This once magnificent city is also the centre point of Homer’s epic  “The Illiad” and which tells the story of the Trojan war. The Site was added into the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1990 and has since then been kept in reasonable care! 

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