Troy – Gallipoli:
Troy’s history, made famous by Homer’s poem’s, Iliad and The Odyssey, was for a long time thought to have been based on Greek mythology. However, in the 1860’s, archaeological digs in the Çanakkale province of modern day Turkey discovered ancient ruins which are thought to be that of the city of Troy.
Troy became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998, and is worth visiting for its ruins, some of which date back to about 3000BC, its ancient walls, beautiful scenery and its close proximity to the WWI battlefield of Gallipoli.
A huge wooden horse has been erected in the town of Troy and is a popular playground for children. More about Troy and Gallipoli...
There are many different companies in Istanbul which offer guided tours to Troy and Gallipoli. It’s also relatively easy to reach by car or bus.
Bursa, lying south of Istanbul on the Marmara Sea, was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire and is Turkey’s fourth largest city with a population of over 2.5million.
Famous for its mosques, cuisine, architecture, textiles, museums, bazaars and thermal hot springs, it makes for a popular day trip (or longer) and is easily reachable by ferry from Istanbul.
Bursa is situated on the foothills of Mount Uludag, a large ski resort, and has a wealth of surrounding woodlands. More about Bursa...
Edirne, the capital of the Ottoman Empire from 1365 to 1457 until Constantinople (Istanbul) was conquered, is located near the Greek and Bulgarian borders in the far west part of Turkey, making it easily reachable from Istanbul.
This small and compact city is famous for its textiles, carpets and silk and houses the spectacular Selimiye Mosque, built in 1575, which has the highest minarets of any mosque in Turkey.
The Edirne Palace is also worth visiting as is the city’s Roman district, with beautiful wooden houses from the Ottoman era.
Edirne is host to the annual Kirkpinar oil wrestling competition which takes place in summer and draws large crowds to the city.More about Edirne...
One of the most important cities in the history of Christianity in Turkey and in the world, Iznik was also made famous in the 16th and 17th centuries for the exquisite colourful tiles produced in the city. With a population of around 34,000, Iznik is situated 85km from Bursa on Lake Iznik. The St. Sophia Cathedral was the seat of the Second Eucomenical Council in 325AD and is one of Iznik’s most visited sites.
Iznik Archaeological Museum is also worth a visit. Housed inside the beautifully restored former kitchen of Lady Nilüfer, the building dates to 1388. More about Iznik...
1st photo: Troy
2nd photo: Bursa Ulu Mosque
3rd photo: Edirne Selimiye Mosque
4th photo: Iznik St. Sophia Cathedral
Istanbul Market ©Andrew Sawvel...
Bosphorus ©Helen Simpson
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