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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When it comes to history and culture, not many countries can compare to the thousands of years of history that has shaped Turkey into the beautiful and diverse country that it is today. Preseving and protecting that history and heritage, UNESCO World Heritage Sites are found throughout Turkey, and in this blog we present all current 15 UNESCO sites in Turkey today, while there is a further 60 sites waiting for consideration to be accepted in the future.
Its origins are sticky but one thing is certain: Turkish delight is one of the world's favourite sweets. No one seems to know for sure whether Turkish delight or lokum was invented 300 years ago or is a much more ancient sweet, but the confection, - rolled in coconut or sugar, filled with nuts, and coloured delicate shades of pink or yellow - is found in every corner of the globe.
The ruins and underground cities of Turkey are some of the best preserved in the world. And excitingly, they’re still being discovered and excavated, gradually revealing a window into a long ago era. We’ve made a list of seven historical sites that are off the beaten track, and not for the fair weather traveller. The beauty of the internet, however, means that you won’t have to leave your home to get an insight into these incredible sites. Read on to discover a little about Turkey’s secret history.