Turkey is home to over 73 million people. The top religion is Muslim and the capital is Ankara. Going to Turkey can be a riveting experience, but as with any place there can be too much to see in too little time. Here’s a list of the top five things to do in a place with some of the best food and archaeological sites in the world.
1. Sultan Ahmed Mosque (or blue mosque)
One of the most popular sites is what’s called the blue mosque. The term “blue mosque” came from the overwhelmingly blue minarets. Minarets are tall, slender towers alongside the building. The blue mosque is one of only two mosques in the country that has six minarets, according to the Istanbultoursonline site.
Sultan Ahmet I commissioned The blue mosque. According to a long thought story the six minarets were meant to be gold. It was said Sultan Ahmet I spoke to an English architect to build is mosque. The word altin in Turkish means gold, but the word alti means six.
2. Mount Nemrut
Mount Nemrut is said to be one of the eight wonders of the natural world. Located near Cappadocia, Mount Nemrut may be hard to get to, as there is hiking involved in a more remote location, but it’s well worth it. Tours can be made, but if one wants to make an adventure on one’s own, it may be possible. For more information on this or any other matters concerning places near the Cappadocia click here.
3. Grand Bazaar
Istanbul is one of Turkey’s top cities. According to Istanbul Culture & Tourism Directorate, Istanbul is home to 10,474,867 international tourists. It’s no wonder then that the Grand Bazaar is so popular.
The Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı) is Istanbul’s largest market. The Grand Bazaar is the world’s largest covered market with 60 streets, over 5,000 shops and tons more. Best part? It’s free to look. Any money spent is spent willingly and for particular things, rather than for an entire day or trip.
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