Landmarks You Should See In Turkey
Turkey is a sight for sore eyes no matter which corner you find yourself in but working out quite where to start can be a challenge. As luck would have it however, us Clickstay lot know a thing or two about such things and are here to help. You’re welcome.
1 Basilica Cistern, Istanbul
One of the most beautiful sights in all of Turkey is the renowned Basilica Cistern. It’s the largest example of its kind left in the city and a prime example of the Byzantine architecture, comprised of 336 columns and featuring the iconic Medusa head pillar. It’s well worth a visit and is the crux of much of Turkey’s history, not to mention a magnificent to behold.
2 Hagia Sophia Museum, Istanbul
This fantastical structure is so astonishing to lay eyes on, that some have gone as far as to call it the eighth wonder of the world and it’s so very easy to see why. This opulent, gold-tiled cathedral is now a museum, but has undergone many changes and teachings since its conception in the 6th century, from Greek Orthodox Christian church to an Ottoman Imperial Mosque. It’s a must-see and utterly humbling to be in the presence of so we hugely recommend a visit.
3 Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme, Goreme
This open-air museum is such a quirky sight on the skyline that you won’t be able to help but venture closer. This collection of churches, cut into the rock is one of the best examples of rock-hewn architecture in Turkey and as such was one of the first sites in Turkey to be added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Have a look around and you’ll discover a wealth of paintings and motifs from the 10th to the 12th century.
4 Sunset Point, Goreme
The staple shot of any photographer who steps foot in Turkey, Sunset Point is one of the finest examples of natural beauty in Turkey. Overlooking some of the best views, the magic truly happens of course when the hot air balloons are loosed!
5 Bibliotheque de Celsus, Selcuk
If you love books then you simply must visit the incredible Bibliotheque de Celsus. Built in 110 A.D. this unusual structure was once a library, paying homage to the father of its creator, Julius Aquila and hosting roughly 12,000 books, all of which would have been hand-written.
6 The Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Yet another beautiful landmark of Turkey, the aptly named Blue Mosque is a wonderfully constructed mosque that boasts blue tiles within and an intricate exterior that’s typical of these types of structures. Built sometime between 1609 and 1616, the Blue Mosque is not only a point of interest for intrigued tourists, but also a working mosque where a great many still go to pay their respects.
7 Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Pamukkale
This natural wonder of Turkey is like something from a fairy-tale, with azure-blue pools spilling into travertine rock formations. These naturally warm waters are pleasant to paddle in and make for some great photo opportunities, with some even believing the mineral-infused waters to have healing capabilities. Medicinal or not, they are certainly magical to behold and well-worth a visit if you can manage it.