If it is said that Turkey is the land where History comes alive, it`s not an over statement. When you go to Turkey, you will see that all the legends of your history book have originated from this land - be it the Troy of Homer`s Iliad, Constantinople of the legendary Roman empire, landing place of the great Ark of Noah, garden of Eden, home of Virgin Mary or the Seven churches of the Testament. Thirteen successive civilizations rose and fell in Turkey over a span of 10000 years including the Hittite, Roman, Hellen, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman empires.
Various places all over the country still bear the testimony of its Hittite-Roman days, some of which you must visit during your stay.
Ankara with its location in the middle of the central Anatolian semi desert, this capital of modern turkey owes its origin to the Ottoman town of Angora. Some of its historical attractions are the Byzantine Citadel on the hilltop, the mausoleum of Ataturk and the museum of Anatolian civilizations.
Istanbul, this well-worn metropolis dates back to the Byzantine-Roman days and boasts of historical treasures like Haghia Sophia or the Church of Divine wisdom, Dolmabahce palace, Sultanahmet Camii, Topkapi Palace, etc.
Aspendos, this is a Roman city of the second century BC and Houses the best-preserved theatre of Asia Minor.
Hieropolis, this city dates back to the 2nd/3rd century BC and it is the site of an early therapeutic center with Roman baths.
Ephesus, Ionia, a thriving cultural center during the Greek rule and a busy provincial capital during the Roman days is renamed as Ephesus. This is the grandest and best-preserved ancient city of Turkey, which houses Ionia`s Temple of Diana - one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This is also the home of Virgin Mary who spent the twilight days of her life here and then died in her holy abode on the Bulbul Mountain - "panaia capulu".
Konya, Konya`s historical importance lies in the fact that it is the home of the traditional whirling Dervishes.
Assos, dotted with the famed ruins of the Greek and the Roman city of Troy, this place is a must-see for history lovers. The Temple of Athena (530BC) is also located here.