Bathonea ancient port site of Istanbul is giving us important hints of the earthquake that existed in 558 AD. Istanbul city and environment had experienced many destructive earthquakes for centuries. This one was one of the destructive earthquakes that was recorded in Constantinapole.
Bathonea ancient port site was the last stop before Constantinapole. Also it was used as custom point for the capital. It was located on the bank of Marmara Sea. This bay became a lake in late periods.
During the excavations, the layer of earthquake was discovered. Also two bodies that were crashed were unearthed. As in Pompeii, we can come across some hints in Bathonea port site. The granites and structures were damaged so it proves us that it was a powerful earthquake.
One of the outstanding features of tourism is to be affected by every sort of events in the world. Any small event can have a deep impact on tourism industry. We have experienced this sort of issue for several times.
Health is one of the top factors that affect tourism deeply. New type of cold (Corona Virus) is a new threat for travel industry. It was burst in China it was reported. And thousands of casualty were reported in China. We see many news’ that report it is getting wide in world. The governments are trying to prevent the epidemic in their own countries. Airports and custom points are in red alert for this virus. A cruise ship was taken to quarantine due to the Chinese couple in Italy. The health officers reported that Chinese couple had the symptoms of corona virus so the vessel was kept in quarantine.
According to the official reports, we haven’t seen a serious case in Turkey. The inspections and precautions are held officially in Turkey.
Have healthy and good days… Health is always on the top.
Cave hotel type is a new trend for accommodation in the world. It has many advantages such as a different environment and an exotic atmosphere. The only disadvantage is to be a local type of accommodation.
We can come across those hotels especially in Central Anatolia (Göreme) and Southeastern Anatolia. This type of tourism facilities aren’t limited with hotels. Also restaurants are built in caves.
The hotel decoration is designed according to old and modern decorations mixture. Mostly the main material is stone. It has many adavantages as a constuction material such as keeping cool and warm itself.
Turkey has an advantage for landscape so cave hotels get extended more in Turkey. It is a different experiment for accommodation. It provides a comfortable and great view and atmosphere.
Roman Emperor Nero was one of the best known Roman emperors. Laodikya site of Denizli was an important site. Head of Nero was discovered in that ancient site. It was the head of a statue that was three meter tall. In addition to Roman Emperor Nero, many heads of gods and goddess’ were discovered.
This ancient site had an important location. So it is logical to think that Roman Emperor Nero visited here.
Turkey is a country that a tourist can find everything. For example the historical background is so wide that we can find traces of those periods. We can come across the ancient sites that witnessed history such as Miletos, Ephesus and Troy. The archeaologists discovered big treasures and items. So big stories are told.
The king Midas is one of the well-known historical characters of Small Asia. Marcus Antinious who was the lover of Cleopatra was the head of Tarsus. Cleopatra came here to meet him. Alexander the Great became the king of universe in Gordion.
Turkish landscape offers us great opportunities such as caves. We come across many caves in everywhere of Turkey. Damlataş cave in Antalya is one of the biggest ones. It has a great scenery in galleries of the cave. Many caves of Turkey give us valuable hints on human being development.
The natural beauties of Turkey attract many visitors. So outdoor sports such as hiking and canyoning are very popular in the valleys – some of them are national parks- of Mediterranean and Aegean coasts. Waterfalls and beautiful geographic shapes are important components of Turkish landscape.
Handycrafts of Anatolia have a great reputation of creavitity. They were so great that they were used in various historical buildings. For example Iznik tiles were used in Sultanahmet Mosque so it is called as Blue Mosque due to the tiles inside the mosque.
Also the underwater of Anatolia has the same value because we can see many sunken ships and planes under the water. Today we have the great diving points in Aegean and Mediterranean coasts.
Small Asia is a landscape that hosted many Greek Gods and Godnesses. No doubt none of them is more effective than Medusa. She could turn you to stone by a look. So her look was so dangerous that her busts were inversed.
Medusa’s story includes drama and tragedy. A beautiful girl became a monster because of jealousy.
Channel Istanbul is the project in the agenda of government. It is a project that will create problems for Istanbul. Firstly this project will make an island and it is going to create geographical issues. Then the other issues will follow. Tourism is one of the sectors that will harm from these issues. As we know that touristic development depends on multi conditional stage.
When the country’s benefits have priority, tourism is one of the top sectors. So it is going to create problems for all world. The nature will spoil and tourism is going to harm in Turkey.
New International Istanbul Airport was a controversial project because it was against every scientific and economical scales. For example it was built on the wood territory of Istanbul city and it caused many wild boars to run away to the urban side due to the constuction. Around a month ago, a bee colony came to the region and they established their colony on a boarding bridge. As they are used to collecting here, bees came back here. The territory was country side of the city. The farmers and livestock traders were living there. Also the private ranches were on the region. Briefly a natural habitant was destroyed.
On the other hand, the territory is so windy that sometimes a storm may comes out in winter. So it isn’t suitable for landing and takeoff. This point was stated in an international environment report. Also the ground is so soft that it isn’t capable carrying of all structure.
It is stated that it is the biggest one in the world. Istanbul may need a bigger airport but capacity of Ataturk airport can be extended.
It may seem huge and glorious but it harms Istanbul in every point.
European Union is one of the important unions of the world at the present time. It is one of the developed unions of developed countries. So tourism becomes one of the major economic activities.
Europe is the oldest continent of the world with Asia. So history has traces in this continent. Also European citizens are aware of history and culture. That’s why Europe is the best market for Turkey. Tourism is also a tool for cultural exchange.
Aegean and Mediterrannean coasts are preferred by European tourists. Also cultural tours are very common in ancient sites of Anatolia.