Turkey

Last updated: 24 December 2017
Istanbul is the capital of Turkey. Here on the banks of the beautiful Bosphorus River east meets west. The architecture of the old city reflects the influence of bygone empires. The skyline displays the domes and minarets of fabulous old mosques. Castles and opulent sultan’s palaces boast of the ostentatious wealth of past rulers.

Turkey, with a history going back to the start of civilisation, has one of the biggest stores of antiquities anywhere in the world. All over the country are the remains of cities left by the ancient Romans, Hittites and Byzantines.

Its best-preserved ancient city is rivalled only by Pompeii. Aqueducts, well preserved Roman theaters, temples to the gods and crypts of heroes past are scattered all over the country.

Turkey

The Aegean coastline has lovely beaches, with crystal clear waters and white cliffed hidden bays. In the countryside strangely formed natural limestone structures have been cut into stone churches by monks who also painted them with vibrant frescoes.

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