Turkey Favorite Tips by SirRichard
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Favorite thing: A visit to Istanbul is enough to justify your whole travel to Turkey, but don't stop here, go and explore the country. Here are my top10 highlights in Istanbul, where you should stay at least 3 or 4 days:
ISTANBUL'S TOP TEN HIGHLIGHTS
- Hagia Sophia : The main mosque of Istambul was built as a
church and now is a museum
- The Bosphorus : Take a boat to sail on this strait between 2 continents.
- Grand Bazaar : Loose yourself in this labyrinth and bargain all morning for a kilim
- Topkapi : This sultan's palace deserves a whole day. Don't miss the Harem.
- Kumkapi : A very popular street for fish restaurants, where waiters invite you to sit at their restaurants.
- Pierre Loti Cafe : Go to the bottom of the golden horn and look at Istambul while you enjoy an apple tea
- Blue Mosque : Smaller than Hagia Sophia, with an incredible decoration inside.
- Cagaloglu Hammam : A turkish bath is a great experience, and these are one of the oldest places in Istambul to enjoy it.
- The Hippodrome : The former hippodrome of Justinian is now a big square where only a few remains are kept (obelisc...).
- Galata Tower : Go up this old tower in Galata to have a wonderful view of the european side of Istambul.
Sue, me & Ignacio
Fondest memory: One of the things I liked most in Istambul was the interior of mosques. I come from a catholic country, were the churches are dark, full of benches and statues... Here the mosques are so relaxing, you have to enter barefoot, sit down on carpets, look at the ceilings...
Me at the ferry to Troy
Favorite thing: The ferry crossing the Canakkale strait was for me a kind of emotional trip. You can imagine yourself sailing the same seas that Jason, Agamenon, Ulysses, Heracles... and many others once sailed. Here started Alexander The Great its journey to Asia... Call me romantic, but it was a nice little journey for me!!
The colossal heads
Favorite thing: This mystical place, the mountain of the Gods, lies in the eastern side of Turkey, near Kurdistan. This mountain is famous for its sunrises,and for the colossal statues' heads that lie on the summit (greek gods, though they look quite oriental).
Fondest memory: How to get there: Take a bus from Diyarbakir to Kahta (about 3 hours). From here you can take a Minibus on an organized tour. You can go in the afternoon, see sunset, sleep there (there is a dormitory and another Hotel some kms. before) and see sunrise next morning. Or sleep in Kahta, wake up at 1:30, leave at 2 (yes, A.M.!!) and see the sunrise. I recommend 1st option!! Take some warm warm clothes, it's freezing up there. You can have a tour from Malatya too, or even from Capadocia.
The Bergama Library
Favorite thing: This ruins lie on a wonderful landscape, on a hill where its amphytheatre has its natural nest. There's a lot to be seen , although the jewel of the crown, the Pergamo Shrine is nowadays in Berlin (see my Berlin Page), in a museum built specially to house it.
Favorite thing: Another tresure in the aegean coast of Turkey, where it is said to be more greek ruins than in Greece! A highlight in this ruins is the Temple of Athena, the greek goddes of Wisdom and war. If you visit the ruins in August after 10:30 in the morning, bring a biiig hat, it's bloody hot up here...
The Apollo Temple
Favorite thing: Didyma was a cult center for the city of Miletos. Close to the turkish city of Yenik, there still stands a magnificient amphytheatre. A sacred way with statues on both sides linked Miletos and Didyma.
Troy ticket & ruins
Favorite thing: Who hasn't heard about Troy? And how many know where exactly it lies? Until the last century Troy lived only in the imagination of Homer, but Henry Schliemann unearthead it and gave Turkey another way of incomes. If you go to Troy without having read the Iliad, you'll probably be disappointed. There's little left here, apart from some stone walls and a (modern) wooden horse.
If you have read the Illiad and want to imagine the scenes, notice that the coast was much closer then than now. Nowadays the black vessels wouldn't be so close to Troy!!
Favorite thing: For more than 6 centuries, Turkey has been a huge empire in all eastern Mediterranean. It was founded in the late 13th cent. by Turkish tribes in Anatolia and ruled by the descendants of Osman I until its dissolution in 1918. Modern Turkey formed only part of the empire, but the terms Turkey and Ottoman Empire were often used interchangeably.
The outbreak of World War I found Turkey lined up with the Central Powers. Although Turkish troops succeeded against the Allies in the Gallipoli campaign (1915), Arabia rose against Turkish rule, and British forces occupied (1917) Baghdad and Jerusalem. In 1918, Turkish resistance collapsed in Asia and Europe. An armistice was concluded in October, and the Ottoman Empire came to an end. The Treaty of Sèvres confirmed its dissolution.
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