In the three months of June, July, and August, statistics showed that there were just over three million visitors to the archaeological sites and museums in Turkey. The most visited historical place attracted a total of 233,000 guests, and this was the ancient ruins located in Western Denizli’s Hierapolis, Pamukkale.
Archaeological sites and Museums close
The Culture and Tourism Ministry in charge of the archaeological sites and museums were able to reopen at the start of June after having to close due to the COVID-19 outbreak affecting the world. Statistics have shown that tourists preferred to visit the archaeological sites more than the museums, perhaps due to the open-air nature of archaeological sites over museums. This summer, the top 10 list of the most visited historical places comprised of six historical sites and four museums.
Most visited sites in Turkey
The most visited sites in Turkey once again included Denizli with its famous ruins which includes a theatre, a necropolis, and the remains of baths that date from the Greco-Roman period. Visitors can also see what is left of the Byzantine city walls, the ruins of the Martyrs’ Church of St. Philips which was octagonal in shape, plus the Arch of Honor of Emperor Domitian, which dates back to the first century.
After Denizli came the Mevlana museum, often referred to as the “Tomb of Rumi” or “Shrine of Rumi.” The museum is situated in the centre of the city of Konya and welcomed 198,000 visitors in total through the summer.
Another historical place that attracted 128,000 tourists was the Phaselis Ruins located in the southern area of the city of Antalya, and offers three harbours as well as being a commercial city of an ancient age.
The Olympus ruins in Antalya came in fourth with 124,500 total visitors, and finally in fifth was the Efes ruins with 124,000 visitors in the city of Izmir.
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