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The amphitheatre of Efes (Ephesus) held 25,000 spectators. It was originally used for theatre, however the Romans introduced it to gladiator fights. In newer times it has seen concerts by stars such as Elton John.
Turkey: Ephesus Amphitheatre

Konak Square
Although İzmir can't boast having one well-defined city center, Konak Meydanı (Konak Square) might be the closest to it. It is dominated by its Saat Kulesi (clocktower), which is sort of a symbol for the city.
Turkey: Izmir Konak Square

Grand Bazaar
With over sixty alleys and over 4000 shops, the Kapalı Çarşı is the largest covered bazaar in the world. It's most active on Saturdays, however any day is good for getting lost in it's maze of alleys.
Turkey: Istanbul Grand Bazaar

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Turkey: East Meets West

At the crossroads between east and west, Turkey has always been a battleground between forces from all directions. Besides Russia, it's the only country two have both Asian and European territory. It's culture is diverse, containing flavours from Central Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. It's this diversity, along with the natural and historical diversity of the country, that makes it such a popular place with travelers.
Turkey: Istanbul Ortakoy Mosque Bosphorus Bridge


Turkey: Ephesus Celsus Library Ephesus: Wonder of the World

In the classical Greek world, Ephesus (Efes in Turkish) was one of the greatest cities. It was most famous for the Temple of Artemis, in honour of the virgin goddess of the hunt and the moon, and this temple was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Even though time has taken its toll, Ephesus is the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. It is located 3 kilometers from the town of Selçuk, and about a one hour's drive from the city of İzmir

Cappadocia: Hot Air Ballons

Turkey's history is a mosaic of cultures and people. However, modern Turkey owes its existence to many heritages, Cappadocia Once you travel to Cappadocia aftter Istanbul you will be shocked of the scenery you will witness and will definitely start to share pictures in instagram like all others. Cappadocia Balloons is the most imporant activity you can participate.
Turkey: Ankara Anitkabir

Turkey: Marmaris Marmaris: Resort Heaven

For many, Marmaris (or one of its sister resort cities of Bodrum, Antalya and Alanya) is all they will see of Turkey. During the summer months tourists swarm in from within Turkey and from abroad. The population of the city of Marmaris, which is 28,000, increases to 250,000 during the summer months. Its beaches, restaurants, shopping and nightlife make a spectacle that never stops between the months of April and October.

Izmir: City on the Bay

İzmir is the third largest city in Turkey, and has the second biggest port (after İstanbul). The city is mostly a gateway to nearby destinations, however it is worth a couple of days in itself. It has a more relaxed atmosphere than İstanbul and Ankara, and situated on İzmir Bay it is the more picturesque of the larger Turkish cities. Besides its seafront, cafés and bars, it also boasts some interesting museums and a bazaar only second to Istanbul's. The ancient city of Efes (Ephesus) is only an hour's driving from the city.
Turkey: Izmir

Turkey: Istanbul Hagia Sophia Istanbul: Turkish Nights

İstanbul may no longer be the capital of Turkey, however it remains the economic and cultural powerhouse of the country. It's historic landmarks links it with its Ottoman past, while it's young population has firm course set towards the future. Most tourists spend a good portion of their time in the area of Sultanahmet, which contains Topkapı Palace, Aya Sofia (Hagia Sophia) and the Sultanahmet Camii (the Blue Mosque). However, don't miss many of the other interesting areas of the city, such as Beyoğlu, Beşıktas and Ortaköy.

Seal City
The heir-taker of the ancient city of Phocacea (with it's meaning coming from the ancient Greek word for seal), modern day Foça is a summer retreat for Turkish people and some tourists. It's a pleasant place to relax from the hustle and bustle of nearby İzmir.
Turkey: Foca

Türkiye Cumhuriyeti

Largest city
76,825,000 (2009)
770,760 km²
Official language(s)
Parliamentary republic

1200BC: West coast of Anatolia settled by greeks.
324: Constantine I chooses Byzantium to be new capital of Roman Empire.
1453: Constantinople falls to Ottoman army of Mehmed II.
1529 & 1683: Ottoman armies twice stopped outside Vienna
1923: Republic officially proclaimed on October 29th.
1952: Joins Nato.

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