Located at the junction of the borders of Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria, the bright and distinctive Edirne is a popular destination for travelers who want to take a break from the bustling Istanbul and find out how the Turkish outback is doing. True, to call it a 150 thousandth city would be great craftiness. Especially when you consider that in the Middle Ages it was the capital of the Ottoman Empire, and later – its most important economic and military-political center. Edirne almost always had a border status, so many times fell into historical vicissitudes, repeatedly dramatically changed its ethnic composition. All these events, as if layered on top of each other, left behind a rich architectural heritage, some of which are even included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Edirne has an excellent selection of hotels located both in the city and in the surrounding area. But most Continue reading
Arzrum is revered as the main city in Asian Turkey. <…> The climate of Arzrum is harsh. The city is built in a hollow that rises 7,000 feet above the sea. The mountains surrounding it are covered with snow for most of the year. The land is treeless, but fruitful. It is irrigated by many springs and is everywhere crossed by water pipes. Arzrum is famous for its water. The Euphrates flows three miles from the city. But there are many fountains everywhere. Each has a tin bucket hanging on a chain, and good Muslims drink and do not boast.
A. S. Pushkin “Journey to Arzrum during the campaign of 1829”
The capital of the largest province of the same name in Eastern Anatolia is located 880 km east of Ankara at an altitude of more than 1700 m above sea level. The name of the city comes from the Persian arz-i rum, which means “the border of Rome.” Through Erzurum passes the railway from Anatolia to Iran, built along the route Continue reading
The ancient city of Ephesus is one of the most popular attractions in Turkey, only Istanbul Sultanahmet is ahead of it in the number of guests. Ephesus is a museum city located next to Selcuk, once a tiny farming village, and now a major tourist center. The archaeological complex attracts travelers with its antiquity and very good preservation. True, there are almost always a lot of tourists here, but the place certainly deserves a visit.
The territory of the museum is not very large, usually two or three hours are enough to visit. But you must definitely bring water with you, since taps with drinking water are located at the entrances, and you can buy Continue reading
Tekirdag, surrounded on the one hand by the Sea of Marmara, and on the other, by the endless fields of cereals and sunflowers, has a rich history. It began 6000 years ago, and during this time the Greeks, Venetians, and Romans managed to rule the city. From the 14th century, it became first Ottoman, and then Turkish.
Tekirdag is not the most obvious option for a targeted tourist trip, but as a city where you can unwind after the noise of Istanbul, it is quite suitable. And the fact that at one time he was part of Thrace, suggests that the local museums are a real storehouse of beautiful exhibits of the once powerful kingdom. Continue reading
Trabzon – formerly known as Trabzund, is a city on the Black Sea in northeastern Turkey, the capital of the province of the same name. Once located on the Great Silk Road, the appearance of this city is still famous for its charming mix of many religions, languages and cultures. Throughout all historical periods, Trabzon has been of great importance for foreign trade.
Many local dishes really deserve to be tasted. Especially worth highlighting are pide and köfte kebabs. Pide is a bit like pizza made from special dough and rather specific cheese. It is also worth trying Continue reading