Iotape

It is difficult to suppress an ironic smile when, in answer to the question of the biggest tourist attractions near Alanya, you hear "Pamukkale and Cappadocia". While these two places are undeniably attractive, they are located hundreds of kilometres away from Alanya. Meanwhile, near the famous holiday resorts on the Mediterranean coast, there are many interesting places with a long history. Probably almost everyone has heard of Aspendos, some - about Selge or Perge, but who has ever heard of Iotape?

Iotape
Iotape

Çanakkale

Çanakkale is situated on the eastern shore of the Dardanelles. It is the most popular base for tourists visiting this region of Turkey. Çanakkale is visited by the tourists seeking the traces of ancient settlements in the Troad, and the travellers who follow in the footsteps of the war campaign on the nearby Gallipoli Peninsula. However, Çanakkale is not just a convenient starting point for further journeys, as it is also an absorbing city, where it is worth to stay for at least one day. In addition to local museums, the fortress, and some other historic buildings, it is a pleasant city with a European atmosphere. A broad waterfront promenade is a great place for an evening stroll, and numerous bars and restaurants are visited by students from the local university (tr. Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart Üniversitesi). After all, the city has about 120 thousand inhabitants, with as many as 35 thousand students who significantly contribute to its relaxed and lively ambience.

Çanakkale
Çanakkale

Olba

The ruins of the ancient city of Olba are located deep in the Taurus Mountains. Most likely, it was the capital of the local kingdom called Pirindu that existed in the area in the sixth century BCE. The traces of ancient buildings are located at the mouth of a long and deep ravine. Moreover, about 4 km to the west, there are the ruins of the old sanctuary of Diocaesarea. The relation of Olba and Diocaesarea can be likened to the connection between the Hecate sanctuary in Lagina and the city of Stratonicea or the Apollo Temple in Didyma and the city of Miletus.

The aqueduct in Olba
The aqueduct in Olba

Miletus Museum

Miletus Museum is a small but very attractive venue. In 2011, it was finally reopened after a long renovation, in a new building after many years of closure. It was worth the wait - here one can admire not only the exhibits found in the area of the ancient city of Miletus but also from Priene and Didyma. What's more, the museum is well-prepared for visitors, as there are information boards and plans, described not only Turkish but also in English.

Miletus Museum - sphinxes from the sacred way to Didyma
Miletus Museum - sphinxes from the sacred way to Didyma

Alanya

For many people, the slogan "a holiday in Turkey" means only one thing - beach holidays in Alanya. It is true that Turkey is a vast and diverse country, the shores of its four seas are dotted with many holiday resorts, but this association is the most appropriate. Each year millions of tourists arrive at Alanya and the quality of sand on the famous Cleopatra beach, as well as selection of the best hotel in the area and the season's trendiest nightclub, are the subjects of many heated discussions and controversies.

Alanya
Alanya

Military Museum and Çimenlik Castle in Çanakkale

Military Museum (tr. Çanakkale Deniz Müzesi) is also known as the Museum of the Navy Command of the Dardanelles Strait (tr. Çanakkale Boğaz Komutanliği Deniz Müzesi), but we will keep to the shorter version. The museum was founded on the 67th anniversary of the naval victory of the Ottoman fleet on the 18th of March, 1915.

Military Museum and Çimenlik Castle in Çanakkale
Military Museum and Çimenlik Castle in Çanakkale

Roman bridge in Silifke

A historic bridge, which dates back to the Roman period of Asia Minor history, stands in the centre of Silifke, over the Göksu River. Despite the passage of centuries, it still helps people to cross the river, in ancient times known as Calycadnus. Moreover, until recently the bridge was an important part of the D400 route, linking Mersin and Antalya. Nowadays, the locals call it Taşköprü i.e. the Stone Bridge.

Roman bridge in Silifke
Roman bridge in Silifke

House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus

The House of the Virgin Mary (or Meryem Ana Evi in Turkish) is a place where, according to the beliefs of many people Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent the last years of her life. She was supposed to arrive at Ephesus together with St. John and lived there in the years 37-45 CE until her Assumption (according to Catholic doctrine) or Dormition (according to Orthodox belief).

House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus
House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus

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