Top 10 Places in Turkey - 2017



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In 1st place is the Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia was chosen as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1985. The basilica measures 70 x 75 m (229 x 245 ft) It was the worlds largest cathedral for 1000 years until the Seville Cathedral was built. Hagia Sophia was beautifully decorated with mosaics within the centuries during Byzantine period. These mosaics depicted Virgin Mary, Jesus, saints and emperors or empresses. The history of the earliest mosaics is unknown as many of them were destroyed or covered during Iconoclasm
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In 2nd place is the Pamukkale. Cybele priests used this site for religious purposes to prove they were immune to the CO2. Which at the time were thought to be Putonium, or the place of the God Pluto. There are 17 natural hot water springs in this area where temperature ranges from 35 °C (95 °F) to 100 °C The travertine terraces formed by the hot springs are 60-70 metres long with a height of over 240 metres.
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In 3rd place is the Ephesus. The Apostle John was imprisoned in Ephesus during the last thirty years of his life, though the actual location of the prison was thought to be offshore on the island of Patmos, John had visions to write the book of revelation. Also home to the home of the Virgin Mary, a popular tourist attraction. He also spent a lot of his missionary journey here, preaching in its temple daily until he was captured. John also wrote about the Ephesians in the New Testament book of the same name.
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In 4th place is the Cappadocia. Cappadocia which is in our days one of the most important tourism centers of Turkey is visited every year by hundred thousands of tourists coming from every part of the world. N 1975 a study of three small villages in central Cappadocia—Tuzköy, Karain and Sar?h?d?r—found that mesothelioma was causing 50 % of all deaths. Initially, this was attributed to erionite, a zeolite mineral with similar properties to asbestos
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In 5th place is the Pergamon. The first bishop of Pergamon, Antipas, was martyred there in 92 AD. The Red Basilica was one of the Seven Churches of Asia listed in the Book of Revelation. The Apostle John, noted in Revelation about Pergamon, “I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me...” The Pergamon museum, in Berlin, has a scale model of the ancient city.
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In 6th place is the Sardis. Situated at the base of mount Tmolus, known for its large Jewish community, was “Christianized” in 1AD. Capital of the kingdom of Lydia, and home to king Croesus (560-546BC) First monarchy to mint coins Earthquake levelled city in 17AD, rebuilt by Tiberius featuring a 5600foot marble road and grew to 120,000 during the time St.John was teaching here. Conquered by the arabs in 716, Turks in 1306AD, and Timur in 1402 who destroyed the city. Since 1958, has been a archeological site for Harvard and Cornell Universities.
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In 7th place is the Aspendus. Be sure to checkout this Ancient City while you're in Turkey .
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In 8th place is the Mount Nemrut. Be sure to checkout this Heritage Site while you're in Turkey .
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In 9th place is the Gallipoli. Be sure to checkout this Peninsula while you're in Turkey .
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