Turkey Architectural Tour

Back when the Ottoman Empire collapsed, refugees streamed into Turkey like water. Muslims, Greeks, Albanians, Abkhazians, and other ethnic groups all claimed Turkey as their home, resulting in an eclectic mix of culture, architecture, and history. Churches stand next to mosques, and grand classical archaeological sites abound. Here you’ll find everything from hilltop fortresses to busy city bazaars. The best way to see it all is on a guided Turkey architectural tour.

If you’re starting out in Istanbul, the must-do place to visit is the Hagia Sofia. This famous landmark was built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century, and then was reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century. It’s a former Byzantine church and Ottoman mosque, and its main decorative dome is an architectural marvel. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, visiting Hagia Sofia is a must on any sightseeing tour.

While in Istanbul, be sure to check out the Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottoman Sultans and home to the imperial treasury. This palace houses Islamic relics belonging to the Prophet Mohammed, as well as weapons, Chinese porcelain, and even a calligraphy section. Visit the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, and the Hippodrome. The Hippodrome was once used for horse and chariot racing. Another fascinating mosque is the Rustem Pasha Mosque, built for the Grand Vizier of Suleyman The Magnificent.

An experienced local guide will tell you all about important monuments like the Obelisk of Theodosius, as well as the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. You’ll want to spend hours at the Grand Bazaar – a covered bazaar consisting of a maze of streets with more than 400 shops.

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Cappadocia, famous for its hot air balloons, is one of the most unique architectural sites in the world. The unusual rock formations here have created an otherworldly landscape, and are home to an underground city extending seven storeys beneath the earth. Visit the locals living inside caves and farming in the heart of Anatolia. Be sure to stop by the old churches in the Soganli Valley, with perfectly preserved frescoes from the 5th century.

In southern Turkey you’ll find some of the best-preserved ruins from ancient Greece. Ephesus was one of the greatest cities in Asia Minor, and is now one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Visit the onsite museum, and the Temple of Artemis. See the house of the Virgin Mary, and spend time in the Roman terrace homes with its preserved coloured mosaics. The Library of Celsus is the main draw for many, with finely crafted sculptures. Be sure to climb the stairs to the top of the theatre, an impressive structure with the ability to hold 25,000 locals.

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