5 MUST SEE ANCIENT SIGHTS OF TURKEY TOURIST GUIDE
Take this Turkey tourist guide and discover the top ancient sights in this beautiful country that is rich in culture and history. From the Province of Izmir to Antalya to Şanlıurfa and then to Trabzon, this journey will surely take you to places with unique sights and unforgettable experiences. A trip to Turkey will educate your mind and soul.
Holy places in Izmir
First, let us travel to the province of Izmir and visit the temple of Artemis, the house of Virgin Mary, and the Basilica of Saint John which can all be found in the ancient city of Ephesus. Legends say that the Amazons, the famous tribe of great female warriors, founded the city of Ephesus and it became the center of travel and commerce. From the Greeks to the Romans, this city is rich with history of religion and philosophy. This city was also cited in the Book of Revelations as one of the seven churches of Asia and it is believed that it was here where the Gospel of John was written and where Mary spent her last days. You should definitely not miss the opportunity to visit one of the significant cities of our history. ...
TURKISH TOUR GUIDE FOR THE 5 MUST SEE HISTORICAL SIGHTS IN ISTANBUL
Take this turkish tour guide and discover the five must see sights at the place where the east meets the west and where various cultures collide: the historical city of Istanbul. What was once known as “Constantinople” and “Byzantium”, Istanbul is an old city where you can see the cultural influences and legacies of its conquerors.
The first stop in your excursion is the Hagia Sophia which was built by Constantine the Great in the fourth century and is the only building in the world that has served three religions: The Pagans, the orthodox Christians, and the Sunni Islam. Also, known as “The Church of the Holy Wisdom” and Aya Sofya in Turkish, the building was a former Byzantine church that became an Ottoman mosque and is now a museum. Even now you can still see the unique view of the Islamic calligraphic roundels together with the Christian mosaics and interestingly enough, both of these religious sights can mostly be found in the east end of the building. It was believed that the greatness of the building influenced Russia to choose Orthodox Christianity instead of Catholicism. Probably one of the reasons for the building’s mysticism is that it may be the only place where two completely different religions exist and worship side by side. ...