What Are Some Common Sites for Tourism in Turkey?


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The Hagia Sophia, the ruins of Ephesus, Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Oludeniz are some common sites for tourism in Turkey. Many tourism sites in Turkey are ancient architectural wonders, while others attract visitors for their natural beauty.

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The Hagia Sophia museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Istanbul. The massive church mixes extraordinary Roman architecture with Muslim minarets. It was constructed by Byzantine emperor Justian in the sixth century and for over 1,000 years was the largest enclosed structure in the world. Islamic accents were added when the Ottomans conquered the city and converted the structure to a mosque in the 15th century.

The ruins of Ephesus house numerous Greek and Roman-era structures including the Library of Celsus, the Great Theater and the Temple of Hadrian. The site was home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Temple of Artemis, until its destruction in A.D. 401 by the Archbishop of Constantinople.

The labyrinth of underground cities, frescoed rock-cut churches and craggy rock spires of Cappadocia are famous tourist draws in Turkey. Visitors can hike through the ancient ruins or tour them in a hot air balloon.

Pamukkale's white travertine terraces were created by natural hot springs over thousands of years. The area is surrounded by the ruins of ancient city of Hierapolis. The turquoise blue water and beaches of Oludeniz on the Aegean Sea are some of the most photographed in the Mediterranean, and the parasailing from the surrounding mountain tops is considered some of the best in the world.

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