Malatya Fortress Remains

Turkish landscape has many historical sightseeing places such as fortress’. Some of them are well preserved so they can be visited by the tourists. But some of them aren’t lucky. Even tough they had a critical location for the site in the past, they are only ruins at present.

Old Malatya city walls are good samples for this sort of archeological buildings.The construction started in 78 AD. But it couldn’t be able to build for a long time. It was completely built in East Roman Empire era and its mission was to defend the old city. Turkish tribes dominated the region and the fortress was restored. After this era, it had been used actively for a long time. Then it was forgotten.

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Gaziantep Fortress

G.Antep is one of the historical centers in South Eastern region. As we can come across many historical sightseeing places, Fortress of Gaziantep is a worthvisiting site. It was built in 3600 BC. It has been using actively since its construction.

The historical background of the city is dated back to ancient era. As the region is on the route of Mesopotamia, the civilizations tried to dominate the region. It is located on a criticual position on the route of Western and Eastern connection. Trade has been the major economical activity for centuries.

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Cave of Prophet Ibrahim- Şanlıurfa

As it has been mentioned several times, Urfa is the religious center of the world. Also it is known as the site of prophets. Prophet Ibrahim is one of the well known prophets of the region.

This is the cave where Ibrahim was born and stayed till 7 years old. That’s why this cave is a holy sightseeing place.

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City of Prophets-Şanlıurfa;Holy Pool with Fish

Holy Pool with Fishes

South Eastern of Turkey has many impressive stories. Şanlıurfa is one of the provinces that have an important place. It is named as the city of prophets. There is a pool in Şanlıurfa province.

The legend was in Babylon King Nemrut reign. Fortune tellers of King recommended the dream and they told him that a child would be a danger for him. So he ordered soldiers to kill all boys. Only Ibrahim could manage to run away. But he was found in a cave and came into King’s presence. King liked him and adopted him. King was paganist and he wanted everyone to obey paganism. Ibrahim destroyed all pagan god sculptures. King got mad and although he was his adopted son, he ordered his adopted son’s execution.

The pool with fishes used to be the place where the execution were committed. He was planned to be thrown into the fire. Suddenly a miracle became true. The fire became a lake, the woods became fishes when he fell into the fire. Everbody who witnessed this miracle believed in only a God.

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Trabzon Fortress;

Trabzon is one of the historical cities of Turkey. It is dated back to 4th century AD. The fortress of the city is the symbol of the ancient site. It was the gate of the city and also the facility to defend the city. It was also used by other empires which dominated the region. It was expanded by building facilities to the fortress. It was built on the peak of the city.

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Cable car system of Bursa; the longest system of Turkey

Bursa is one of the metropolitan cities of Turkey. Also the historical background is dated back to Hellenistic era. The natural beauties of Bursa province are also very impressive. Especially Mt.Uludağ is very close to the city center. It is higher than 2000 meters. Mt.Uludağ had a very privileged location in the past,too.

Mt.Uludağ is the most popular sightseeing place of Bursa. It is an important destination for winter tourism especially. Due to the highness of the mountain, the road is very steep. But the most joyful way to travel to the mountain is by cable car system which is from the sea level to the peak of the mountain. While climbing to the mountain by cable car, you can see breathtaking view of Mt.Uludağ. It is covered with white sheet in winter. This panorama attracts the visitors to Bursa.

Till it was commenced service in 1963, it became one of the well known routes of Turkey. Mt.Uludağ National Park is the pride of Bursa province. The mountain has also a zone of hotels which is on the upper side of the mountain. It is possible to reach there by cable cars.

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Ordu-Boztepe; A new sight seeing destination for Turkish Tourism

Boztepe of Ordu province

Black Sea region is famous for natural beauties and outdoor facilities. High upright mountains and plateaus form a great combination for adventure lovers. Height is the other fact that makes a great choice for outdoor sports lovers.

Boztepe district of Ordu province provides this sort of outdoor activity. A peak nearby the city centre is connected to city center by cable cars. On the other hand, paragliding is other famous outdoor activity in the region. The peak is around 900 mt. high. It means that the panorama of Black sea and city center with the bird view has a great combination. You have to pay a fare for cable cars. It is an amazing experience.

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Turkish Ravioli; A famous fast food for Turkish Cuisine

Turkish cuisine is one of the well known cuisines of the world. Whole world focused on cuisines in order to tonify the immune system. Fast foods of Turkish cuisine are lighter than Western style fast foods. Turkish Ravioli is one of them. Dumplings are prepared firstly then they are boiled in hot water. This easy dish is served with yoghurt and garlic sauce. Especially Kayseri province is famous for Turkish Ravioli.

Ancient Spring of Hierapolis;Travel in time

If you want to travel in time, Anatolia is the right address for you. Ancient spring of Hierapolis is the sightseeing place of today but it has been used for a long time. It was a popular place for Roman elite society, even it is told that Queen Cleopatra had visited here. It is guessed that it is around 2500 years old. Even today this spring attracts the visitors.

This hot spring was the center of ancient site Hierapolis. This ancient site tell us how valuable the region is, although time has passed.

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Historical Sinop Prison Museum; Alcatraz of Anatolia

All historical sight seeing places don’t have a great background unfortunately. Those are the sight seeing places that you experience pain and terror. Historical Sinop Prison is one of those sites. It is historical because its background is dated back to Hellenistic era.

Historical Sinop Prison

It was built as a castle originally before Roman age. It was an island and its mission was to protect the city. It had been used as castle by every empires till 1880’s. The castle was converted into a prison by building extra parts. After this period, it had a dark reputation. Prisoners were under tortures and bad manners. Every sort of tortures were applied to prisoners. The familiar people of the past were also here because of political charges. It was named as Alcatraz of Anatolia.

After this dark background, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey took over the the prison and it was converted into a museum. You can experience this dark background by visiting this prison. It is like the dark jails of the castles in Europe.

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Ancient Sinop Castle and Sinop Prison

Alcatraz of Anatolia