National Geographic: “The Places You Should Visit In Turkey”

According to the world’s most famous travel magazine “National Geographic” the places you should visit 6 natural heritage area in Turkey.

Hagıa Sophıa

Hagia Sophia is one of the most important works of world architectural history that has survived. The current state of design wonder, which was built three times in the same place, was built by Emperor Justinianos (527 – 565) to Isidoros of Miletus (Miletus) and Anthemios of Tralles (Aydın).

In order to make Hagia Sophia more glamorous and more magnificent, news was sent to all the provinces in the Imperial region and the most beautiful pieces were requested to be collected.

Columns and marbles in Hagia Sophia were collected from the most important ancient cities in Anatolia and Syria such as Aspendos, Ephesus … Marmara Island for white marbles, Afyon for pink marbles, and North Africa for yellow marbles.

Opened to worship in 537, the nicest and magnificent structure of the Right Roman Empire in Istanbul were added Islamic symbols in the period of the Ottoman Empire.

Sumela Monastery

Situated in Altındere Valley in Trabzon – Maçka, Sümela Monastery is one of the oldest and most important monasteries in the world … According to a rumor, between 365 and 395 AD, two Athenians in Hz. Jesus and the Prophet. They see Mary on Mount Mela.

Two priests, Barnabas and Sophronios, who are influenced by their dreams, decide to build the Sumela Monastery where they see it in their dreams, at a height of 1,150 m. It is one of the places that must be seen.

Mardin

“Stunning Mardin is located on a hill like a bright crown overlooking the Syrian desert from above.”

Mardin, which is one of the important settlements in the fertile lands of Euphrates and Tigris rivers, is literally the cradle of civilizations.

There are remains showing that the beginning of permanent settlement can be dated to 6750 BC.

Göbekli Tepe

A cult center that sheds light 12 thousand years ago is Göbeklitepe. Although its first discovery took place in 1963, its importance was understood after 1994 and excavation work started … Although many information was obtained as a result of excavations, some of this information still remains a mystery.

As a result of questions such as who made the Göbeklitepe, one of the oldest settlements in the world, how the columns weighing 60 tons were moved here and why their tops were covered, and perhaps the discussions that will last for years, perhaps the secrets of human history will be solved, who knows?

Mısır Çarşısı (Spice Bazaar / İstanbul)

The Spice Bazaar is the largest covered shopping complex with Grand Bazaar. It is really a privilege to visit this famous historical place in the Eminönü district of Istanbul, in the same district as Grand Bazaar.

It was built with the revenues from the Ottoman state of Egypt in 1660. You need a tip about its name because it causes some translation problems sometimes. “Mısır” has a double meaning in Turkish. One of the meaning of it “Egypt” and the other meaning is “corn”. People check from google and directly translate and because of this translation they ask “Corn Bazaar”.

The bazaar is still the centre for the spice trade in Istanbul.

Cappadocia; “Land of Beautiful Horses”

The Taurus rose 60 million years ago. As the Taurus rose, the fire burning in the heart of the world found a way. When it reached the earth, it blasted whatever was in it. Every day, it appeared in Anatolian lands as if it were wearing a dress. He hardened its shell-like it didn’t want to show the naivety inside. Years passed, its hands cracked as it got older… Rains were filled with cracks, its body was blown by winds. Just like people, it has changed.

Cappadocia has become one of the places developing with trade due to its location on the Silk Road route. B.C. The Persian Empire, which dominated the lands with the collapse of the Hittite Emperor in the 12th century, gave Cappadocia the name of the Land of Beautiful Horses in the 6th century BC.

While Alexander the Great defeated the Persian Empire, the Cappadocia Kingdom was established, but M.S. In 17, Cappadocia became part of the Roman Empire. The spirit of Cappadocia has come to life here. These fairy chimnies used by Christians who escaped from Roman pressure to hide has become a place where people lead secret lives.

Christians coming to the region have carved the volcanic soft rocks into a centre of education and thought to spread Christianity. With the prohibition of icons by 3rd Leon in the 4th century, pro-icon people preferred this place to continue their worship, and caused them to leave valuable architectural works behind them.

Would you like to be a part of a fairy tale that? Spring or summer who cares. Wake up before the first lights of the morning appear. You imprison the sun, the brightness of the sky.

Choose a lively dress in your favourite colour and don’t forget to choose a suitable shoe. If you have a loved one, hold your hand tightly and start living your tale. Add birds that will make your heart sparkle with butterflies flying in your stomach. Let your journey begin in the colour that turns yellow after red, to the unique blue of the sky. Take a balloon and watch the beautiful Country of Horses …

When your foot touches the ground, you will be enchanted. You will not believe this reality on your horse galloping across the Fairy Chimneys while freely flying the birds inside you, in this land where history and nature unite.

That’s a tale, it always has a dizzy potion. Take a sip of your wine in this place of grape paradise. Soak up the smell of this potion as you walk around in the cellars deep in the city. Go straight to the top of the river, and make yourself a companion of the flowing stream between the high cliffs on both sides of a valley. Do not forget to unravel the secrets of the pictures of people who lived centuries ago. At the end of the day, three apples fall from the sky, one for you, one for me and one for this “Land of Beautiful Horses”.

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