Turkish history


A city of ghosts: the forgotten city of Ani

A city of ghosts: the forgotten city of Ani

Once one of the largest cities in the world, Ani, located on Turkey's eastern border with Armenia, is now a windswept monument to history. The UNESCO site high on a hilltop is the ideal place to get away from the world, while getting a sense of the majesty and complexity of Turkey's long history.


10 Iconic Historical Attractions in Turkey: Places to Explore

10 Iconic Historical Attractions in Turkey: Places to Explore

To explore historical attractions in Turkey is to delve into one of history’s most diverse and varied stories. Turkish history is not as straightforward as many think. Having been ruled by many empires over the centuries, we see styles including Ottoman and Byzantine buildings in Istanbul, Mediterranean and Lycian ancient cities and Russian landmarks in the northeast Black sea Region.


The mysterious life of the Fisherman of Halicarnassus

The mysterious life of the Fisherman of Halicarnassus

The Fisherman of Halicarnassus is a name many have heard, but few know the history behind the intriguing personality that has left an indelible mark on the Bodrum Peninsula. Marie Coggin, a longtime resident of Bodrum, explores the myth and legend surrounding the mysterious poet, prisoner and raconteur.


8 reasons everyone should visit Turkey in the spring

8 reasons everyone should visit Turkey in the spring

Whatever time of year you choose to visit Turkey, you’re sure to be enthralled by this incredible country. Of course, some seasons are better suited to certain activities, whether that’s sunny days on the beach, racing down the snowy ski slopes, or soaking up the wealth of culture on offer throughout the country.However, many visitors neglect spring, choosing to holiday in Turkey during the summer months instead. What many fail to realise is how much there is to see and do in Turkey during spring, with the added benefits of lovely weather and fewer tourists. Find out more about why we think everyone should take a trip to Turkey during the spring.


Why everyone’s talking about Troy

Why everyone’s talking about Troy

The ancient city of Troy has long fascinated historians and lovers of a good story. But did it ever exist? Was there ever a famous battle? These questions and more will be explored at a new museum at Troy, dedicated to the history and mythology of the famous ancient site.


What to See in Ephesus: Landmarks of the Ancient Ruins

What to See in Ephesus: Landmarks of the Ancient Ruins

Without a doubt, Ephesus on the Aegean coast of Turkey was one of the greatest cities in history, but these days is also one of the most impressive ancient ruins to see in the world. It is impossible to estimate the tremendous amount of hours that have gone into excavating and restoring prominent landmarks of the old city, but there is plenty to see.


12 amazing Turkish innovations and firsts that changed the course of history

12 amazing Turkish innovations and firsts that changed the course of history

Turkey’s long history is full of firsts - hardly surprising in a country that has played host to some of the world’s greatest and most progressive empires, including the Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. While you might know one or two of these facts, read on to discover a few of the lesser-known innovations - and innovators - that have come out of Turkey to change the course of world history.

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Patara: the shifting sands of an ancient Lycian civilisation

Patara: the shifting sands of an ancient Lycian civilisation

Beautiful Patara is much more than the eighteen kilometre expanse of sand that attracts thousands of visitors each year. It was also home to an ancient Lycian civilisation - one of the most important centres in the ancient world. Explore the white sands and the ruins of Patara, just a short drive from neighbouring Kalkan or Kas.


The Persian poet: our enduring fascination with Rumi

The Persian poet: our enduring fascination with Rumi

Rumours that Leonardo DiCaprio might play Rumi in an upcoming biopic has prompted a surge of interest in the Persian poet. The Sufi scholar lived and worked quietly in Rum - modern-day Konya - until a chance meeting changed his life forever, prompting a huge body of poetry and the whirling dervish movement and dance that still captivates audiences today.


A tale of blood and slaughter: the fall of Constantinople

A tale of blood and slaughter: the fall of Constantinople

May 29 marks the anniversary of The fall of Constantinople, in 1453. Although the Byzantine occupants of the city were outnumbered ten to one they fought valiantly against the invading Ottoman army. The 53-day siege and subsequent conquering of the city marked a turning point not just for the Ottoman Empire, but for the future of Islam, Turkey and the wider world. 


11 Underrated Ancient Sites to Visit in Turkey

11 Underrated Ancient Sites to Visit in Turkey

As one of the most fascinating countries for history, Turkey attracts millions of foreign visitors looking to sample some of the historical attractions in Turkey. But while most tourists beat a path to the likes of Cappadocia, Ephesus, or old Istanbul, dozens of other ancient sites receive little or no recognition, from the rest of the world. With more than 60 sites waiting for ratification as UNESCO World Heritage sites, here are some of the best ancient sites to visit in Turkey.


What are the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Turkey?

What are the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Turkey?

The World Heritage Sites in Turkey join many other countries to form an impressive collection of well-preserved historical and cultural sites that beat any history book. Often referred to as open-air museums, they tell stories of earlier civilisations, living trends and urban traditions. An organisation called UNESCO works with relevant government bodies in each country to preserve these protected areas.


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