Turkey Culture Trips by Region

The most beautiful cultural routes in 7 regions of Turkey

Turkey, with its historical and cultural heritage in its seven regions, is the apple of the eye of domestic and foreign tourists. Home to ancient cultures, Turkey hosts thousands of local and foreign tourists every year with its historical heritage in the east, west, north and south. We have listed the historical and cultural heritages in 7 regions of Turkey for you:

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Marmara Region

Home to historical ruins and cultural riches, the Marmara Region fascinates those who see it with its mystical texture. Historical Peninsula Region located within the oldest borders of Istanbul, Bursa Grand Mosque (Ulucami) built by the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I, Gallipoli Peninsula Historical National Park in Canakkale, one of the most important fronts of the First World War, is at the top of the list of places to visit. 

Ege (Aegean) Region

The Aegean Region, with its settlements and ruins from ancient civilizations, opens its doors to local and foreign tourists every year. The ancient city of Ephesus, located in the region, has survived for centuries as one of the most important capitals of the world. The history of the Ancient City of Ephesus, which houses the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, the world-famous Library of Celcus and the Temple of Hadrian, dates back to BC. It dates back to 7000’s.

The most striking structure of the ancient city in Didim, which is home to Didyma, also known as the “World’s Greatest Prophecy City”, is the Temple of Apollo.

Ephesus Antique City

The Mediterranean region

The region, which is home to thousands of years old ancient settlements, is a frequent destination for travelers. Aspendos Antique Theater located in Aspendos (Belkıs) Antique City in Antalya, M.S. It was built in the 2nd century. This ancient theater with a capacity of approximately 20,000 people is still used for various art events today.

Another important destination of the region is Cennet and Hell, a ruin place full of both natural and historical beauties, located in the Narlıkuyu district of Mersin. The smaller of these natural wonders is called Hell, and the larger one is called Paradise. It is possible to descend to Heaven with a staircase of approximately 450 steps and visit the Virgin Mary Church here. It is not possible to descend to the Hell part due to natural conditions.

Aspendos Antique City

Central Anatolia Region

Home to the unique beauties of Turkey, the Central Anatolia Region is the focus of attention of travelers with its ancient culture. Catalhoyuk, located in the region, sheds light on the history of humanity. Ruins BC. It was used as a settlement center for about 2000 years from 5500 BC and over time, it has evolved from a village settlement to urban life. You can observe everything about the art and daily life of the period by going to Catalhoyuk, which has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2012.

The colorful face of Eskisehir, Odunpazari Houses, on the other hand, is home to traditional Anatolian Turkish architecture. It is possible to walk around these history-smelling streets, take pictures, watch glass art and find products at affordable prices.

Odunpazari Eskisehir

Black Sea Region

Located in the Black Sea, where you can see every shade of green and blue, Zilkale is located on the shores of Rize’s famous natural beauty Fırtına Stream. Built on a rocky slope, the castle has 8 bastions and 1 watchtower. You can watch the unique nature of the Black Sea from the breathtaking view of the castle, which attracts attention both in terms of its location and shape.

When the Bandırma Ferry, on which the journey that started the War of Independence was made, landed Atatürk and his comrades in arms on May 19, 1919, the first step in the establishment of our country was taken. For this reason, its place in the history of the Republic of Turkey cannot be denied. Wax sculptures, old compasses, maps and other ship items are on display on the ferry, which has been open to exhibition as a museum by Samsun Metropolitan Municipality since 2006.

Rize - Zilkale

Southeast Anatolia Region

The mystical and impressive atmosphere of Southeastern Anatolia fascinates its guests. The ancient city of Zeugma, which attracts attention with its deep-rooted history, original sculptures and rare mosaics, is one of the most important historical spots of the region. You can visit a significant part of the artifacts excavated from the ancient city, 57 km from Gaziantep, at the Zeugma Mosaic Museum. Göbeklitepe, which has caused the history of humanity to be discussed again, is thought to be the first temple of the world. Make sure to include Göbeklitepe, which is also called the “zero point of history”, on your list of things to see before you die.

Gobeklitepe Urfa

Eastern Anatolia Region

The Eastern Anatolia Region, which has hosted many civilizations with its thousands of years of history, embraces the Ani Ruins, a settlement that has been the scene of various civilizations for hundreds of years. If you want to visit the ruins with many ancient churches, you can take a look at the flight tickets to Kars, if you want to visit during the winter months, maybe you can return by the Eastern Express train.

Aslantepe, which hosts one of Turkey’s largest mounds, is only 7 km from Malatya. B.C. From the 5000’s A.D. The ancient city, which is thought to have been used as a settlement until the 11th century, is also an open-air museum. Most of the finds unearthed during the excavations are exhibited in the Malatya Museum.

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