From the 13th century to the advent of the railway in the early 20th century, Safranbolu was an important caravan station on the main East–West trade route.
The Old Mosque, Old Bath and Süleyman Pasha Medrese were built in 1322. During its apogee in the 17th century, Safranbolu’s architecture influenced urban development throughout much of the Ottoman Empire..
Safranbolu displays its extremely rich historical and cultural heritageTurkish architecture, all preserved in their original environment.
These structures include the public buildings such as Cinci Hodja Kervansaray and Cinci Hodja Hamam, Mosques of Koprulu Mehmet and Izzet Mehmet Pashas, The Tennaries Clock tower, Old hospital premises,
The guild of shoe makers, The Incekaya aqueduct, The old city hall and fountains as well as hundreds of private residences.
Rock tombs and tumulus just outside the city are also of interest. through 1008 architectural structures displaying a good example of
Safranbolu was placed in the world Cultural Heritage list by UNESCO in appreciation of the successful efforts in the preservation of its heritage as a whole.
Safranbolu has deserved its real name for its houses.
(Cappadocia) Area 60 million years ago, Erciyes, Mount Hasan and Güllüdağ layers of lava and ash soft, eroded by wind and rain over millions of years has emerged.
Human settlement dates back to the Paleolithic period.
Hittites land has been one of the most important center in later periods.
Houses and churches carved into the rock, escape the dominance of the Roman Empire, the region has become a haven for Christians huge.
Region of Cappadocia, Nevsehir, particularly in the Kırşehir, Nigde, spread over the provinces of Aksaray and Kayseri region.
Cappadocian region is a place of nature and history.
Chimney Rocks events, creating geographical, historical process, the people within this peribacalarının home, church, engraved, decorated with frescoes by them, carried the traces of civilizations for thousands of years.
Human settlements date back to the Paleolithic period written history of Cappadocia begins with the Hittites.
Throughout history, trade colonies and commercial and social bridges between countries in Cappadocia, Silk Road is one of the important junctions.
Konya, BC From the historical point of view for many years been the scene of several civilizations around 7000 was an important center.Hittites, Lydians, Persians, Konya, which is under the control of the Seleucids and the Romans in the early 7th century, the Umayyad occupied by the Sassanids in the mid 10th century and has remained in the Byzantine province
Who is Mevlana?
Mevlana Celaddiin-i Rumi is a 13th century Muslim saint and Anatolian mystic known throughout the world for his exquisite poems and words of wisdom, which have been translated into many languages.
Rumi, as he is known in the west, is the best selling poet in USA. The United Nations declared 2007 The Year of Rumi and celebrations were held world wide.
Mevlana was a Muslim, but not an orthodox type. His doctrine advocates unlimited tolerance, positive reasoning, goodness, charity and awareness through love. To him all religions were more or less truth. Mevlana looked with the same eye on Muslim, Jew and Christian alike.
His peaceful and tolerant teachings have appealed to men of all sects and creeds. In 1958, Pope John XXIII wrote a special message saying: “In the name of the Catholic World, I bow with respect before the memory of Rumi.”
Mevlana died on 17 December 1273 and was laid to rest beside his father in Konya, in present day Turkey. A splendid shrine, the Mevlana Moseleum was erected over their remains, which is now a museum and place of pilgrimage. Every year on that day, at this magnificient 13th century mausoleum we celebrate Seb-i Arus, his ‘Wedding Day’, together with thousands of people from all around the world
Antalya is a holiday paradise in a lovely natural setting.
The pine-clad Toros Mountains sweep down to the crystal clear sea forming an irregular coastline of rocky headlands and secluded caves.
The region is bathed in sunshine for 300 days of the year and is thus perfect for a lazy holiday of sunbathing and swimming, or for sporting activities such as windsurfing, water-skiing, sailing, mountain climbing, hunting and spelunking.
Those who vacation in March and April can ski in the mornings and in the afternoons swim in the warm waters of the Mediterranean.
The coast is lined with magnificent beaches lapped by clear blue waters, and surrounded by pine forests, olive and citrus groves, palm trees, avocado trees and banana plantations.
Important historical sites await discovery in these marvellous surroundings, which are home to a rich variety of plant and wildlife, and which are now protected as a conservation area.
Holidaymakers will find everything here they can imagine for a perfect vocation.
The Turkish Riviera is the tourist capitol of Turkey.
With its wide ranging accomadition, from tourist class to deluxe hotels, the hospitable people of Antalya are always ready to welcome you.
Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey.
The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water.
It is located in Turkey’s Inner Aegean region, in the River Menderes valley, which has a temperate climate for most of the year.
Travertine terrace formations at Pamukkale, Turkey.
May 21, 2011The ancient Greco-Roman and Byzantine city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white “castle” which is in total about 2,700 metres (8,860 ft) long, 600 m (1,970 ft) wide and 160 m (525 ft) high. It can be seen from the hills on the opposite side of the valley in the town of Denizli, 20 km away.
Tourism is and has been a major industry.
People have bathed in its pools for thousands of years.
As recently as the mid-20th century, hotels were built over the ruins of Hierapolis, causing considerable damage.
An approach road was built from the valley over the terraces, and motor bikes were allowed to go up and down the slopes.
When the area was declared a World Heritage Site, the hotels were demolished and the road removed and replaced with artificial pools. Wearing shoes in the water is prohibited to protect the deposits.
Ephesus (Ancient Greek Ἔφεσος, Ephesos; Turkish Efes) was an ancient Greek city, and later a major Roman city, on the west coast of Asia Minor, near present-day Selçuk, Izmir Province, Turkey.
It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era.
In the Roman period, it was for many years the second largest city of the Roman Empire; ranking behind Rome, the empire’s capital.
Ephesus had a population of more than 250,000 in the 1st century BC, which also made it the second largest city in the world.
The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
The temple was destroyed in 401 AD by a mob led by St. John Chrysostom. Emperor Constantine I rebuilt much of the city and erected new public baths. The town was again partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614 AD.
The city’s importance as a commercial center declined as the harbor was slowly silted up by the Cayster River (Küçük Menderes).
Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation.
The Gospel of John may have been written here.
It is also the site of a large gladiators’ graveyard.
Today’s archaeological site lies 3 kilometers southwest of the town of Selçuk, in the Selçuk district of İzmir Province, Turkey. The ruins of Ephesus are a favorite international and local tourist attraction, partly owing to their easy access from Adnan Menderes Airport and via the port of Kuşadası.
Troy (Ancient Greek:) was a city situated in what is known from Classical sources as Asia Minor, now northwest Anatolia in modern Turkey, located south of the southwest end of the Dardanelles/Hellespont and northwest of Mount Ida at Hisarlık.
It is the setting of the Trojan War described in the Greek Epic Cycle and especially in the Iliad, one of the two epic poems attributed to Homer.
Metrical evidence from the Iliad and the Odyssey seems to show that the name Ἴλιον (Ilion) formerly began with a digamma: Ϝίλιον (Wilion).
This was later supported by the Hittite form Wilusa.