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magnificent century drama was filmed here
📍Topkapi Palace, Istanbul Turkiye
The entrance fee of museums in Turkey varies depends on season. Free audio guide included in the ticket fee.
To avoid crowds or long queue to buy ticket;
1. Come as early as 8am
2. Go to the ticket counter behind Hagia Sophia
The palace is huge, allocate at least 3 hour to explore. It is divided into different courtyard, each exhibit different relics and era.
One of the most important for Muslims: there is an exhibition of our Prophet’s relics such as His beard, sword, and other belongings. The Prophet’s companions’ belongings is included too.
The view from Topkapi is amazing! It is facing the Bosphorus straits.
*p/s: the simit (last pic) sold outside of the topkapi exit is one of the best!
#awesomepic #turkiye #istanbul #travel
Pergamon Ancient City 🏛️🇹🇷
My visit to the Ancient City of Pergamon in Turkey was nothing short of awe-inspiring. Perched atop a steep hill, the ruins of Pergamon offer a breathtaking panorama of history and nature.
The Acropolis of Pergamon is a testament to the city's ancient glory. The grand theater, one of the steepest in the ancient world, left me speechless. Imagining the performances that once unfolded here was a vivid experience.
The Altar of Zeus, now housed in Berlin's Pergamon Museum, once stood here, a symbol of Pergamon's artistic and cultural achievements.
Wandering through the ancient streets, I marveled at the well-preserved remains of temples, libraries, and houses. The Asclepius Sanctuary, dedicated to the god of healing, was particularly impressive.
Pergamon's rich history and its commanding position overlooking the plains make it a must-visit for history buffs and those seeking to immerse themselves in the grandeur of antiquity. #izmir #bergama #turkiye
Ancient City Of Magnesia ad Maeandrum 🏛️
Exploring the Ancient City of Magnesia ad Maeandrum in Turkey was like stepping back in time to a world of remarkable historical significance. Nestled amidst picturesque landscapes, this archaeological site is a hidden gem.
Wandering through the well-preserved ruins, I marveled at the grandeur of the theater, which once hosted dramatic performances and seated thousands. The intricate details of the Temple of Artemis and the Agora offered glimpses into the daily life of the ancient city.
What struck me most was the sense of serenity that pervades the site, with its quiet pathways and the Maeander River gently meandering nearby. It's a place where history and nature coexist in perfect harmony.
Visiting Magnesia ad Maeandrum is not just an archaeological journey but a chance to reflect on the legacy of a bygone era. It's a must-visit for history enthusiasts and anyone seeking to connect with the ancient world in a tranquil setting. #aydin #efeler #turkiye
Ancient City of Troy 🏛️
Visiting the Ancient City of Troy in Turkey was a surreal journey through layers of history and mythology. Standing on the same grounds where the legendary Trojan War took place was an awe-inspiring experience.
The ruins of Troy, with its ancient walls, remnants of houses, and the iconic wooden horse replica, transport you back in time. As I walked among the archaeological excavations, I couldn't help but feel a sense of wonder and connection to the past.
The onsite museum further enriched the experience, showcasing artifacts that provide insights into the daily life of the ancient Trojans. Exploring the city's various layers, from Troy I to Troy IX, was a fascinating historical odyssey.
Troy's significance in Greek mythology and its real historical importance make it a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and those seeking to immerse themselves in the epic tales of the past. It's a place where myth and reality beautifully intertwine. #turkiye #canakkale
Who doesn't know about Cappadocia? A destination with views you won't find anywhere else but in Turkey. Turkey is a country I've long wanted to visit due to its rich and captivating history. Enjoying the scenery from a hot air balloon is truly breathtaking. I also visited the Derinkuyu underground city.
Oh, my vacation in Turkey was so different from the usual. Because in Turkey, you'll discover unique attractions.
I want to visit it again, even multiple times.
ISTANBUL PARADISE (AFFORDABLE!!)
Okay so…I love a good quality hotel. But when it comes to traveling, I’d rather pinch the pennies since I prefer to spend on my experiences rather than on accommodation.
In Istanbul, we booked at Apple Tree hotel, and we had the BEST time there!
The rooms weren’t anything too fancy, but they were clean and comfortable. For me, that’s enough! 😋
But the breakfast was a GAMECHANGER. 😱
The quality of food that we were served was absolutely top-notch, and every morning, we would spend hours dining and sipping coffee after devouring a plate of Apple Tree’s fresh, home cooked Turkish breakfast. ☕️🧀🥗
Honestly, for a terrace view overlooking the sea accompanied by a 10/10 breakfast, within walking distance of Istanbul’s biggest mosques…we felt like we had totally hit the jackpot! 🚢😍
We felt that this hotel was worth even more than the price we paid. The breakfast and view alone made it a sort of paradise. 🌴#travel #turkiye ##turkey ##hotelstay ##istanbul
It was one of the many things we loved about Istanbul! 5 days there was NOT enough!! ♥️
BE ABROADABLE - Nat the Expat
Fabulous Gems On The River
⏰ Open Daily: 8 am to 2 am
💰 Entrance : Free only pay for food
A very legendary place for those who would love to spend a day or two relaxing by the cold water. The landscape is wonderful and the foods is good.
Beautiful place to escape from the hot summer day. Original idea of seating on top of the water and enjoy. Excellent food and service. Highly recommended. For brave ones, bring your swimming gear and swim, jump in river too.
The unique mosque - Blue Mosque
The Blue Mosque, known as Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Turkish, is an architectural gem that graces the skyline of Istanbul, Turkey. This stunning mosque is not only a place of worship but also a testament to the opulence and artistic achievement of the Ottoman Empire.
Its striking silhouette against the city's skyline makes it a must-visit attraction for tourists from around the world. Unlike some mosques that restrict non-Muslim visitors, the Blue Mosque is open to tourists outside of prayer times. You are advised to dress modestly and respect the mosque's sanctity.
The mosque's nickname, the "Blue Mosque," comes from the thousands of blue Iznik tiles that adorn its interior, featuring intricate floral patterns, creating a soothing and mesmerizing atmosphere.
#travel #mosque #istanbul #turkey #turkiye #bluemosque #unescoworldheritage #unescoheritage
breakfast in a 700+ years old Ottoman village
📍 cumalikizik, bursa
this is a unesco world heritage Ottoman village, located about 15minutes drive from the town. no entrance fee, we are free to roam around the village, by foot.
the architecture is unique. there’re some house opened as museum, some as a cafe/restaurant. we had traditional turkish cuisine here as breakfast. lovee the restaurant vibes. one of the best cuisine is manti (2nd pic) it is like a ravioli, with minced beef inside, served with greek yogurt, sooooo good!
we also had gözleme, turkish pancake with cay (turkish tea). price is reasonable.
#unesco #unescoheritage #turkiye #turkey #bursa
Get Lost In Mardin’s Old Bazaar
Entrance 💰 : free to visit
Hours ⏰ : 9 am – 6 pm
Location 📍: the bazaar runs parallel, Cumhuriyet Caddesi, Mardin’s main shopping street. Just start wandering downhill from Cumhuriyet Caddesi near the middle of town to find the bazaar.
Arasa Kapalı Carşi, which has been standing for about 6 centuries is one of the symbols of Mardln which its houses and historical buildings where the stone is embroidered like lace.
Built 600 years ago in the Artuklu district of Mardin, Arasa Bazaar was used as a vegetable and fruit market in various periods.Spices and nostalgic items are sold in this historical market today.
Mardin has a wonderful bazaar with little shops built into the city’s stone walls. Since ramping up as a popular tourist destination, many shops have evolved into little boutique shops selling beautiful crafts, high-end soaps, and trinkets.
Nice shopping area, plenty of interesting shops and they didn't seem as pushy as some of the other vendors in the City. I would recommend for most items..
my first snow! - Uludag Turkiye
Uludag is located in Bursa, Turkiye. During winter, the ski resorts will open for snowboarding and skiing. During other season, it can still be visited as national park.
There are many hotel/lodge/resort at the top or along the way uphill but quite pricey, so we stayed in Bursa town and took a cable car (teleferik) to go to Uludag. It was ~30minutes journey from the town to the top. The cable car is one of the longest in the world.
After arriving at the top teleferik station, we took a taxi to one of the ski resorts available there. We went to Uludag Kayak Merkezi. The equipment rental in Turkiye is one of the cheapest i’ve seen in the world (from my online survey hihi).
There’s also ski lift (extra fee) to take us to the top of the top there’re a cafe up there to chill and most professionals will snowboard/ski downhill from the top.
tips: check weather forecast, it is best to come after a snowfall a night before. the view was amazing! snowfall on d-day might cause a gloomy foggy photo/view
#awesomepic #winter #turkiye #wintersports #nationalpark
Imagination to Mother Nature
The Devrent Valley is also called the imagination valley where you use the imagination to think of whatever the fairy chimneys could be.
You can have your imagination to what Mother Nature has created.
Devrent valley is about 10min from Goreme. This is a must visit as the site shows natural rock formations created many moons ago. It looks like an open air museum where one could experience rock formations in many different forms like my favourite a camel, an old lady and two ducks kissing. Love this and the shape are all unique to the observer.
Ancient of Mesopotamia
Mor Hananyo Opening Hours ⏰: The monastery is open every day from 09:00-11:30 and 14:00-17:30
Mor Hananyo entrance fee:💰 TRY 50 per person, including the guided tour
Cradled in the hills just outside Mardin in southeastern Turkey, overlooking the Mesopotamian plains, the Mor Hananyo Monastery is one of the oldest monastic churches still functioning. Founded in the 5th century, the monastery has since served as a centre of learning and worship for the Syriac Orthodox Church, one of the oldest Christian communities in the world.
This monastery, which was the residence of Syriac Orthodox patriarchs for 640 years until 1932, is the most visited monastery since it is close to Mardin.
How to get there?
Mor Hananyo Monastery is about 10 km outside Mardin by road. The best way to get here is by taxi or driving yourself. Negotiate a fare and waiting time with a taxi for your return journey, as the monastery is remote.
We visited Mor Hananyo on the way back to Mardin from Dara, which was very convenient as it was on the way.
Below is what we saw during our visit to Mor Hananyo Monastery:
1.Virgin Mary Church & Printing Press
2.Mor Hananyo Church
3.House of Saints
4.The Sun Temple
Is Mor Hananyo Monastery Worth a Visit?
Yes, we think so.
Visiting the monastery is an interesting experience showing the unique demographics of Mardin. While the Assyrian Christian community continue to dwindle, the monastery still holds on to its beliefs as ages ago.
Cultural significance aside, it’s a beautiful setting and pretty close to Mardin.
I Believe I Can Fly 🪂
One of the best thing to do while in Alanya!
Super, really amazing!!
It was better then in my dreams...!!
Lovely experience.... ❤️
great staff..very cordial ...🕺🏻
totally wonderful experience.... 🪂
soaring in the sky.... 🌁
feeling like a bird......🦅
This is an awesome experience that must not be missed while visiting Alanya in Turkey. The views were spectacular and I would certainly do this again. The crew were super professional and friendly. I felt totally comfortable and safe the whole time.Highly recommend for those who visit here in Alanya.
Göbeklitepe: The Oldest Tample of Humanity
📍Gobekli Tepe Örencik, 63290 Haliliye/Şanlıurfa
💰Entrance ticket: 90 TL.
⏰Opening hours: Daily from 8:30 to 17:30.
Gobekli Tepe about ten minutes from City of Urfa is known tobe the oldest (about 12000 years old) religious structure in the world.
This is a truly breath-taking glimpse of a Stone Age settlement, that was sophisticated and cultured.
The site dates back to 12,000BC but was discovered relatively recently. It's still under excavation, but the remains which have been unearthed are open to view and well-displayed. The bas-reliefs of animals are detailed and quite amazing: foxes, wild boar, camels and other creatures, easily identifiable on stone pillars. It's a short drive out of Sanliurfa, out in the countryside, but well worth the trip. Tourists flock in their millions to see the historic sights in Egypt. Yet this is SO much older, and hardly anyone has heard of it.
If you have the opportunity to visit this area, don't miss Gobekli Tepe, because it is wonderful.
Impressive Gladiator Amphitheater!
Side Amphitheater is one of the best remain of Greek amphitheater is sill good intact even after more than two thousands years.
Wonderful piece of history that is not a world heritage site, but perhaps should be when viewed alongside ancient Side. The building is large, originally seating 15000 people. When in use it had an orchestra pit where they held gladiatorial contests.
This is defintly worth a vist it only cost 100TL (turkish lira) to get in and is by far worth a visit. Givs u goosebumps.
Mardin Old Town City Magical Mesopotamia
This 6000 years old town city of Mardin located in Artuklu district Southeast Türkiye.
Mardin is an exotic place that transported us to another world and time. Perched on a hill overlooking the Mesopotamian plains, Mardin has a stunning location. We never got tired of peering down to the plains from above, which seemed different every time due to the changing light.
Its honey-coloured alleys reveal age-old stone mansions, bazaars, domed madrassas, hidden monasteries and towering minarets, while its cultural heritage is a fascinating blend of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Central Asian influences. You should really come to see this for yourself.
If you’re looking for one of the most beautiful and unique places to visit in Türkiye , put Mardin at the top of your list.
Rugged and Beautiful Landscape
📍Zelve Open Air Museum Cappadocia
Zelve Open Air Museum is located only one mile away from Pasabag – Monks Valley. Among with Pasabag – Monks Valley, Zelve is also in the middle of three popular settlements of Cappadocia such as Avanos, Urgup and Goreme. While it is accessible with a nice panoramic walk from Goreme, there are also mutual shuttle busses stopping by Zelve from Avanos and Urgup.
One of the two famous open air museums in Cappadocia. A will preserved historical landmark with beautiful scenery over the many cave houses located inside the rocks. I would recommend comfy shoes and a bottle of water for visiting this place.
Phaselis Beautiful, Tranquil, Heaven on Earth
Easily accessible even by public transport operating between Antalya / Kemer and Finike / Kumluca.
From the bus stop / gate, you need to walk 10-15 minutes to reach the site itself.
There is an interesting historical story behind the ruins of Phaselis and lods of remains of various objects to be seen there, the Roman aquaduct being the most impressive one.
Warmly recommended if you are staying in Kemer/Tekirova/Kumluca area in Turkey and wish to escape from the "all inclusive routine" or you are simply enthusiastic about visiting historical sites and natural beauties.
Beautiful Waterfall In Idylic Setting
Manavgat Waterfall is one of the most visited waterfalls in Turkey, a true natural beauty in Antalya. That's why you shouldn't miss it.
It is a worth to see attraction in the province of Manavgat, Türkiye. The waterfall is so refreshing to see and the color of the water is clear green. It was a quick visit but fair enough. There were coffee tables over there if you cannot resist the wonderful view, you can just sit down, sip your "cay" and hear the sound of the waterfalls, better if you go there with your partner as it is a bit romantic as well. There are plenty of souvenirs and some unique ones which I didn't let it go. Make sure to bring your cameras when you visit here because you can get some beautiful landscape photos that you can share to your friends. Come and see for yourself.
Shades of Indiana Jones
The location is fantastic especially for the nature lovers .
If you're the sort of person who wants to see grand and impressive buildings, Olympos might not be for you.. most of the structures still standing are relatively modest in comparison to say, Ephesos or Hierapolis. But if you're looking to experience the sense of mystery and wonder that the first explorers who "discovered" the ruined cities of antiquity must have felt as they stumbled through the overgrown streets, there are surely few sites anywhere in Türkiye which allow your imagination to go into overdrive quite like the ruins of the ancient Lycian city of Olympos.
The gently crumbling stone buildings of the ancient town, which are nestled within a forest that's a only few meters from the shores of the Mediterranean, seem to exude an air of quiet mystery.. especially as you make your way deeper into the forest to explore the parts of the site which are off the main trail down to the beach. Speaking of the beach, you can always take a break from wandering in the woods checking out the remains of the ancient site to go chill on the shore and watch the waves.
Simply put, if you're looking for vast, imposing architectural monuments, then Olympos might not be your cup of tea… but even if you are, I'd still recommend you give the site a visit, because there's something about the setting which might just win Olympos a special place in your traveler's heart!
No words... This place is wonderful!!! You can visit the ruins enjoying at the same time a wonderful sea!! It is a very fashinating place, ruins and nature live togheter in a great symbiosis.
Multiple Sculptures Shower Alanya
Alanya formerly known as Alaiye, is a beach resort city, a municipality and district of Antalya.
The popular resort has both a contemporary and traditional feel to it and is located on the south west coast of Turkey. This means that anyone wanting to travel here can expect to find long stretches of golden sand and beautiful, turquoise waters. Tourism in the city developed in the late 1950s as many people came to Alanya to visit the Damlatas Caves, which are well known for their healing qualities. Alanya was once called Korakesion, which translates, to beautiful mountain, thanks to the rocky landscape and magnificent mountains that surround the area.
İf u in the town of Alanya you can see a lot’s of Stone Sculpture every where this is because every year Alanya town be selected as The International Alanya Stone Sculpture Symposium, which will be held for the 18th time this year by Alanya Municipality, started on the 1st of November.
If you the Art’s lovers this is gonna be your actual location to visit 😉
✨The Ritz Carlton,Istanbul✨Bosporus ✨
📍Address - Suzer Plaza Askerocagi Caddessi, Elmadağ Cd. No:6, 34367 Şişli/İstanbul, Türkiye 🇹🇷
* Ambiance/Facilities - 2 Swimming Pools, Spa & Wellness Centre, Room service, Restaurant, Family rooms, Free WiFi, Parking on site.
* Highlights - Family rooms, Ateiler Restaurant, Spa
* Avg. Price per Person - From £380 per room per night
* Rating - 5*
Who wants to wake up to scenic views of Istanbul and Bosporus? 🤩
The Ritz Carlton is located in the city centre of Istanbul and only 10-15 minutes drive away from the historical sites and attractions of Sultanahmet, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Cistern Basilica and Blue Mosque. 🕌
Our suite room was elegantly decorated, partially traditional ceramic Turkish wall tiles adding a nice touch. Entering this beautiful room you can instantly notice luxurious furnitures, ornate chest of drawers, marble bathroom, and Asprey bath products, bathrobe and slippers . 🤍
In the evening dinner was served at Atolye Restaurant serving Anatolian cuisine. BLEU Lounge Bar & Bites for after dinner relaxing experience; Great ambience and music played during the evening and we enjoyed a few nice cocktails. 🍹
If you want to have a traditional Turkish Hammam experience you should visit their Spa room, also offering facial and massage treatments. 🧖♀️
Overall, it’s great hotel and its ideally based for a whirlwind tour of Istanbul and this can be arranged by a great concierge desk. 💫
#wecreate #theritzcarlton #rcmemories #turkiye #Visitistanbul #luxuryhotel #luxurytravel #istanbul #istanbulcity #mytripvlog #tripblazers #celebratewithtrip
The Emerald Green River of Manavgat
Here, we can see beautiful the emerald green water of the Manavgat river meets the blue waters of the Mediterranean.
The Manavgat River is famous for being the longest underground river in the world which contains the largest amount of water supplied from only one source. Species of fish and birds, such as trout, carp, ducks and geese, and for this reason, the river is now famous for its day trips with tourist boats that start from the center of Manavgat through the waterfall and then to the end of the river, and those who want to swim can choose between swimming in the river or snorkeling in The sea, the waters of the Manavgat River are very cold, but the water that ends up in the sea is much warmer and suitable for swimming.
Keleici A Feast Of All The Senses ❤️
Old Town Kaleici is a historic neighborhood located in the heart of the modern Turkish resort city of Antalya on the Mediterranean coast. It is considered a popular tourist attraction. It is famous not only for its Ottoman architecture, labyrinthine narrow winding streets, and authentic mosques but also for its numerous restaurants, cafes, and bars with concert halls. There are historical monuments from different periods and eras. If you are interested in history and ancient architecture, visit this atmospheric location.
On the plus side, Kaleici has a beautiful marina surrounded by cliffs, shops and restaurants. Walking around the Old Town Kaleici is interesting due to history and architecture with lots of interesting local shops. The town is built on a hillside so you are either walking upbank or down bank interspersed with steps here and there - people with mobility issues might struggle getting around. There is a great tram service that takes you into Antalya city or local beaches. Also lots of taxis. There are plenty of money exchange bureaus and we found the exchange rates much better there than at at home.
If you’re a ‘sea, sun and sand’ person, I would say Kaleichi is probably not for you but if you enjoy walking, sightseeing and soaking up local culture then you will probably love Kaleichi.
Balat - Hidden Gem of Istanbul 🌈
One of Istanbul's best known place is the colourful, diverse culture and rich history neighbourhood Balat! Every corner of this street filled with colourful Ottomon era houses which has already most photographed and famous wooden houses completely painted in yellow, orange and blue. 💛🧡
Definitely not to be missed as it’s a great opportunity to see a different side of Istanbul’s different array of places to visit. It feels like a bit hipster heart of Istanbul where you can find local organic cafes and restaurants. Laid back and relaxed vibes.
It’s certainly Istanbul’s quaint and local neighborhood and bucket list place whilst your stay in Istanbul.
#istanbul #istanbulcity #balat #visitistanbul #seltravels #awesomepic #colourful #house #turkiye #visitturkey
Cappadocia’s Famous Avanos Pottery
Cappadocia is known for beautifully handmade and hand-painted ceramics. It is an ancient Turkish art. One of my favorite places is Kapadokya Seramik, a family owned business. It is a quite large location with much to choose from, one piece more beautiful than the next.
At Kapadokya Seramik, they generally make the ceramics in winter, but if you ask, they will likely give you a demonstration any time of year . . . and serve tea!
A recommended lovely place for shop pottery.
Sunrise 🌄 & Sunset 🌅 Cappadocia!
#wecreate 📍 Cappadocia, Goreme Turkiye
“Fairy Chimneys” and Hot balloon rides 🎈 .
Cappadocia is such a historic place to visit, it’s UNESCO site and a lot to discover by day, just walk around or organise a tour to see some of the most historic ruins, caves and museums. The sunset colours are amazing! Those yellow, orange and red hues over the “ Fairy Chimneys” turns so magical and beautiful to watch 🧡💛❤️
If you never been to Cappadocia before we highly recommend you to visit this world heritage, you won’t be disappointed. Once you enter the caves you’re back in time.. These original rock formations, balloon flights and cave towns where people have lived for millennia. The locals who inhabited there carved out these caves to make their own homes inside. These ancient settlements are located in cliff walls, and some others in the mountains.
Where to stay: Rox Cappadocia Cave Boutique Hotel
Do you want to experience a sunset moments with wine tasting or celebrate special occasion? We arranged ours with a company: Flame Travel and Events 🍷 🧀 🍇 🌅
#Cappadocia #Urgup #goreme #Visitcappadocia #Hotballonride #turkiye #sunset #sunrise #magical #UNESCO #unescoheritagesite
Do you smile when you see sunflowers?
Shine and smile looking at a wide, expansive and gorgeous sunflower fields. Although majority of sunflower cultivation area in Türkiye is located in Thrace region, Sunflower season in Konya,Türkiye only on summer.
No entrance fee, no anything. The gold field's FREE! There was a group of children singing while skillfully playing instruments somewhere in the area. Photo enthusiasts will feel like a kid with new toys and loooots of candies when shooting random photos of all the yellow in the fields. So, photographers, rejoice! Make sure you wear comfy shoes and wear sunscreen, it gets hot fast out there. Good luck!
Finding Gems at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar
Take a deep breath, and plunge into this maze of 65 winding, covered streets crammed with 4,000 tiny shops, cafés, restaurants, mosques, and courtyards. Originally built by Mehmet II (the Conqueror) in 1461 over the main Byzantine shopping streets, the Grand Bazaar was rebuilt after fires in both 1943 and 1954. It's said that this early version of a shopping mall contains the largest concentration of stores under one roof anywhere in the world, and that's easy to believe.
Some of the most aggressive salesmanship in the world takes place here, so take yet another deep breath, and put up your guard while exploring. Oddly enough, though, the sales pitches, the crowds, and the sheer volume of junky trinkets on offer can be hypnotizing. Enjoy a glass of tea while you browse through leather goods, carpets, fabric, clothing, furniture, ceramics, and gold and silver jewelry. Remember, whether you're bargaining for a pair of shoes or an antique carpet, the best prices are offered when the would-be seller thinks you are about to slip away.
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