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Famous Handicrafts of Turkey

Famous Handicrafts of Turkey

It is inevitable that when man perfects an art skill, a stream of respect and admiration follows. This is true in particular areas of Turkey well known for developing certain handicrafts because many skilled artists and craftsmen, use simple tools or construct an item purely by hand. Despite the onslaught of modern machinery, skilled artisans still make a roaring trade in Turkey, and some of this can be credited to tourism and people’s desire for authentic souvenirs. It is worth looking at these trades history though because many flourished during a glorious era of the Ottoman Guild system.


Beautiful and Famous Mosques in Turkey

Beautiful and Famous Mosques in Turkey

Opening their doors to everyone regardless of faith, the mosques of Turkey provide a unique insight into the role of Islam in this secular, democratic country. Even though a large proportion of the country is Muslim, not every citizen practises the religion so away from the bars and restaurants of the coastal resorts, seeing inside a mosque is an alternative and easy glimpse at one of the biggest religions of the world.


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.


11 reasons you really should visit Turkey this summer

11 reasons you really should visit Turkey this summer

Still debating where to spend the summer? We think these 11 reasons might just convince you Turkey is the world’s leading summer destination. From culture to food to history to stunning beaches, there's something to tempt just about everyone. Join us on a short trip around the best Turkey has to offer: from the mysteries of Ephesus to the bustling peninsula of Bodrum to the cultural goings-on in Antalya


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.


Istanbul's Street Art: Graffiti or Talent?

Istanbul's Street Art: Graffiti or Talent?

Some of the most creative designs, motifs, logos and stencil drawings are seen across a variety of districts, but the stand out neighbourhoods are usually around Istiklal Avenue, in Taksim Square; Tunel, Karakoy; Sishane; as well as Maltepe, Kadikoy and Moda. Is Istanbul street art graffiti or talent? Have a read of this blog and discover some of the best street art of Istanbul. 


Top Eight Museums of Istanbul

Top Eight Museums of Istanbul

As interesting tourist attractions, and an eye into the past, museums highlight the best and worst of humanity and history. In Istanbul you will find an abundance of museums for you to discover and take a walk through Turkey's rich past and culture. In this blog you will find eight of our favourite museums in Istanbul that you just have to visit. 


How cats conquered Istanbul

How cats conquered Istanbul

One of the first things new visitors to Istanbul notice is that Cats are everywhere. In restaurants, cafes, schools, businesses - cats of all shapes and sizes and colours are found loitering, dozing and purring on whoever cares to show them some affection. We explore the history behind Istanbul’s enduring love for its feline residents.


11 things that will surprise you about living in Turkey

11 things that will surprise you about living in Turkey

There's plenty to like about living in Turkey. Moving away from home has its challenges, but it certainly has its rewards. From its colourful street vendors to its great customer service, here are the things that keep people coming back again and again - and even up stakes and moving to the country where east meets west.


10 haunting abandoned villages

10 haunting abandoned villages

While the intriguing story behind the abandoned Turkish village of Kayakoy is a unique one, the atmospheric village is by no means the world’s only ghost town. Our list of the world’s 10 most intriguing ghost towns details communities decimated by war, the loss of industry and natural disasters. Visited only by tourists - and in some cases, film crew - the lost villages stand as testimony to humankind’s fragility.


Churches in Turkey: Sign of the Cross

Churches in Turkey: Sign of the Cross

As a predominately Muslim country, people are often surprised to learn that Turkey has a historical timeline steeped in Christianity. The most abundant and obvious relics from that era are old churches, still standing in places like central Anatolian Cappadocia and Istanbul. Indeed one doesn’t have to look far to see the signs of Christianity’s history in Turkey, here you can read all about churches in Turkey. 


11 questions first-time travellers ask about Turkey

11 questions first-time travellers ask about Turkey

Travelling to Turkey for the first time? Wondering what you’ll encounter? You don’t need to be the world’s most intrepid explorer to travel to Turkey, but there are still a few need-to-know things first-time travellers might not know. From what Turks eat for breakfast to how much to tip a waiter, we answer the most asked questions about travelling to Turkey.


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