Christianity has deep impacts on Small Asia peninsula. After Christianity was accepted as official religion of East Roman Empire, the sites had changed. An example for this period was unearthed. A house with churh was discovered in Laodikya ancient site of Denizli province.
The religious structures have changed in this period. The base of the house was discovered. It has a church in the house. It is guessed that it is around 5500 years old.
Bathonea ancient site is a very important site for history because it has many things to light up the era of Byzantine. The archeological excavations have been lasting for years.
According to the last discovery, Vikings were the habitants of Bathonea ancient site. As we know that it was the port of Constantinople. Also it was the last stop before Constantinople. The graves and the casual items tell us a great story about Vikings of East Roman Empire. We know that Vikings were the traders of ancient era. They sailed through various places in the world. Constantinople was one of those various places.
The skeletons gave us valuable hints of the habitants.They adapted on Byzantine life style.
It is mentioned that Turkey has a wealthy religious background. This background is dated back to beginning of time. It is also same for Islam history in Turkey. A cave mosque was discovered in Mardin province of Turkey. Southeastern Turkey has a wealthy historical background as it is the conjunction between west and east. Islam launched around 600’s AD. This mosque’s construction year is unknown due to the lack of inscription. It is known that it was restored in 1109 AD. It is guessed that it remained from Emevi dynasty era.
Firstly the registration of the ancient mosque is being expected. Then it will be restored. It seems that it is from the beginning of Islam history. As we know that early Christians also curved their churches to the caves. Turkey is a great destination for religious tourism for every religion.
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If you are familiar with Turkish culture or literature, I am sure that you know Baldheaded boy (Keloğlan) very well.He can be considered as second famous character of Turkish culture after Nasreddin hodja. He also has a task to show the nicest manners and to give lessons to the people with humour. Almost every baldheaded people in Anatolia were named as baldheaded boy with various purposes.
This cave’s legend is based on the similar basis. It is said that a baldheaded shepherd loved a girl but family of the girl rejected him as he was baldheaded. He got very upset and he wanted to run away from the people. He hid in this cave for awhile. He noticed that he had bushy hair. So he faced the family of the girl again. The family accepted him as their groom. After that day, the baldheaded people visited this cave to have bushy hair, even today.
It is located in Denizli province of Turkey. It is one of the nicest caves of Turkey beside the story.
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Adana province is one of the historical regions of Turkey. Due to the deep historical background of the region, there are important historical sites in Adana. Anavarza ancient site is one of them.
It was built in 2nd century AD. It was the capital of Cilicia region in 4th century AD. The important monuments of Anavarza ancient site were unearthed such as the city walls. The archeological excavation is still going on. We know that many civilizations left traces in the region. Starting from Roman Empire era till Ottoman era, Anavarza has been an important site. Today we can see the city walls of the site with the glory.
If you want to see the oldest bridge of the world, you should visit Adana province of Turkey. Stone bridge of Adana ties up two banks of Seyhan river. It is dated back to Roman Empire era. According to the inscription that is lost at present, it was built by Emperor Hadrianus (76-138 AD). The inscription that is exhibited in Adana archeological museum states that it was built by architect Auxentius in 3rd century AD. It has been restored for several times in history. It has never lost its value from the constructed year to the present. We can come across this bridge in some historical resources. The name of the city was Adania in ancient era. It is the monument that will never lose its blaze in time.
Turkey has a new attraction site in Diyarbakır province of South Eastern region. The outdoor sport lovers have a new path where they can ride bicycle. Mt.Karacadağ is one of the silent volcanoes of the region. Lava of this silent volcano formed a great lava path millions of years ago. Today the outdoor sport lovers use this path as an outdoor cycling path.
In addition to summer tourism, cultural tourism is also other popular tourism branch in Turkey. Thanks to the cultural legacy of Turkey, the historical towns are very popular worldwide. One of them is Safranbolu county of Karabük province. Safranbolu is famous for the delight and the traditional architecture of the region.
The historical mansions of Safranbolu are in the UNESCO list. Those mansions are the symbols of the region and they are under protection. Some of them were redesigned as pansions. Don’t forget to taste the delight.
Turkey has many regions that are famous for the traditional architecture. Kahramanmaraş is one of the south provinces of Turkey. The traditional architecture of the city reflects on the historical mansions of the city. Those mansions are around 500 years old.