Geographically, aesthetically, culturally and historically, the beautiful country of Turkey lies between Islamic Asia and Christian Europe. Thanks to the country’s rich history, it has an impressive array of monuments, cathedrals and palaces that are a haven for history buffs. Apart from that, Turkey shares its coasts with two of the most beautiful seas on earth: the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. These two have given Turkey a coastline that has few competitors in terms of beauty and adventure. Regions such as the turquoise coasts off the Mediterranean, Istanbul and Cappadocia, etc. are hugely popular travel destinations that regularly appear in must-visit places around the world.
With its distinctive European modernity and Middle Eastern culture, Istanbul is truly one of the ‘world cities’ that defies segregation on cultural grounds. This is because the culture of Istanbul has been influenced by both Europeans and Muslim regions of Asia. The city was formerly called Constantinople (324 AD) and was the capital of the Byzantine Empire or the New Roman Empire. During this time, the city was a major center for Christianity under Emperor Constantine the Great. The emperor and his successors left the world with various monuments such as the Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome and the ancient walls of Istanbul, etc.
These historical monuments are a must during the city trips or city tours in Istanbul. The city also served as the seat of the Ottoman Empire and they left the world with impressive buildings such as the Sultanahmet Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Even with all its majestic beauty, the true taste and smells of Istanbul can be found in its narrow alleys. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a stroll through the city, try the cuisines and shop for trinkets at the Grand Bazaar. When shopping in the Grand Bazaar, make sure to bargain and bargain well!
Cappadocia is a beautiful and enchanting travel destination in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey. The area is quite arid and dry, but its popularity lies in its awe-inspiring natural beauty. The stark landscape of the region only highlights the wonders of the region. Cappadocia, one of the oldest habitable sites in the world, is recognized as a historical heritage site. The natural wonders consist of legendary fairy chimneys, the rocks of Goreme and Urgup, etc. that leave tourists stunned. There are also several rock-cut cathedrals and underground settlements that only make the region more attractive.