Cappadocia and Central Turkey

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  • 1. Anadolu Medeniyetleri Müzesi

    Museum/Gallery

    The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations is a real gem, showcasing many of Turkey's best ancient treasures and providing excellent insight into...Read More

  • 2. Anıtkabir

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Atatürk's picture is on every single piece of Turkish currency, his visage hangs in just about every office and official building in the country...Read More

  • 3. Göreme Açık Hava Müzesi

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Göreme Open-Air Museum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its spectacular landscape and amazing collection of cave churches decorated...Read More

  • 4. Ihlara Valley

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The landscape changes dramatically when you head south through Cappadocia toward Ihlara: the dusty plains turn rich with vegetation, and the...Read More

  • 5. Mevlâna Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    When the Sufi mystic philosopher-poet Mevlâna Celaleddin Rumi died in 1273, he was buried in Konya beside his father and a great shrine was...Read More

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  • 6. Uçhisar Kalesi

    Geological Site

    The highest fairy chimney in Cappadocia, Uçhisar Kalesi has the most spectacular views in the area, save a hot-air balloon. Called "Uçhisar...Read More

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  • 7. Ankara Kalesi

    Ulus | Historic District/Site

    Ankara's main historic sites are clustered around its ancient citadel (known as the Hisar or Kale in Turkish), high on a hill overlooking the...Read More

  • 8. Arkeoloji Müzesi

    Museum/Gallery

    A magnificent portal marks the entrance to what was formerly the Sahip Ata complex, a group of structures dating from the late 13th century...Read More

  • 9. Butterfly Balloons

    Tour–Sight

    Small and personal, Butterfly Balloons has highly qualified pilots with American and European commercial pilot's licenses. Pilots have great...Read More

  • 10. Cappadocia Voyager Balloons

    Tour–Sight

    Run by experienced professionals, Cappadocia Voyager Balloons has certified pilots and newer balloons than some competitors. Three flight categories...Read More

  • 11. Çatalhöyük

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The significance of this Neolithic archaeological site lies not just in its age but in the wealth of well-preserved art and artifacts found...Read More

  • 12. CerModern

    Museum/Gallery

    Ankara’s first and only contemporary art museum is in a renovated former train maintenance depot not far from the train station. The space showcases...Read More

  • 13. Cumhuriyet Müzesi

    Ulus | Museum/Gallery

    In Turkey's first parliament building, which now houses the Museum of the Republic, politicians debated principles and policies that would shape...Read More

  • 14. Derinkuyu

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Meaning "deep well," Derinkuyu is the deepest of the known underground cities that have been explored—eight floors are open to the public, though...Read More

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  • 15. Eski Gümüşler Manastiri

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Some say the 11th-century Eski Gümüşler church inside this monastery complex has the only image of a smiling Virgin Mary in the world. Others...Read More

  • 16. Etnoğrafya Müzesi

    Ulus | Museum/Gallery

    Atatürk used this Ottoman Revival–style building as an office, and his body lay here for 15 years after his death while his enormous mausoleum...Read More

  • 17. Gençlik Parkı

    Ulus | Park/Playground

    The pleasant, well-tended Gençlik Parkı ("Youth Park"), though not large enough to make you forget you're in the middle of the city, is a nice...Read More

  • 18. Hacı Bayram Camii and Temple of Augustus and Rome

    Ulus | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Dating to 1427, Hacı Bayram Camii is one of Ankara's most important mosques. Built mainly of brick, it is named after the revered founder of...Read More

  • 19. Hi Coffee

    Restaurant–Sight

    Just across from Mevlâna Meydanı, Hi Coffee opened as the first Western-style coffee shop in downtown Konya, serving espresso, cappuccino, lattes...Read More

  • 20. İnce Minare – Taş-Ahşap Eserleri Müzesi

    Museum/Gallery

    The minaret of the 13th-century İnce Minare Medresesi, or "Seminary of the Slender Minaret," is bejeweled with glazed turquoise tiles. Unfortunately...Read More

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