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Yerebatan Cistern

Built in 532 by Emperor Justinianus, the Yerebatan Cistern is also known as the Basilica Cistern because it is located under the Stoa Basilica. The cistern is 140 m long. Width 70 m.and it is a gigantic structure that covers a rectangular area. This cistern, which is laid with a staircase of 52 steps, has 336 columns in height of 9m. These columns rising in the water remind of a giant forest, and the visitors are fastinated as soon as they enter the cistern. The ceiling weight of the cistern is cruciform, the vaults are rounded, transferred to the pillars by arches, the bulk of the columns of granite cuts from various marble types, which are understood to have been gathered from older buildings, consist of one part and two parts on top of each other. The titles of these columns sometimes have different properties. While 98 of these reflect Corinthian style, rest of them reflects Dor style. The cistern is made of bricks, 4.80 m. Thick walls and brick-paved floors were plastered with a …

Küçükkuyu and Kaz Mountains

The village houses in the Kazdağı region have been restoreted to stone houses and served as accommodation facilities, and this region became a popular holiday destinations.
Places to Visit
Kazdağı National Park It covers an area of 21 thousand 452 hectares on the south-facing slope of the Kazdağ mass. Edremit Gulf in the south, Zeytinli Stream in the east, Karamenderes Stream in the north and Mıhlı Stream in the west. You can go to the preliminary office of Zeytinli very easily on Güre road. The distance between Güre and Zeytinli Village is 6.1 kilometers. There are more than 800 plant species in national park boundaries. The national park is particularly rich in terms of plant, bird and mammal species. An increase in the number of wild animals was observed by the declaration of the area as a national park and prohibition of hunting.

37 plant taxa in the area are endemic and nine of these species are found only in the Kaz Mountains all over the world. The Kazdet fir (Abiesnordmanniana…

Assos (Behramkale)

Behramkale Village Ayvacık, Çanakkale is also known today as Assos. The center takes its name from the port city of Assos. At the entrance of the city, the road is divided into two. One goes down to the city and the other goes to the ruins of the old town.

How to go to Assos? 400 kms to Istanbul, 734 to Ankara, 238 to Izmir, 126 kilometers to Ayvalık, but there is no direct bus to Assos. It is necessary to reach Ayvacık with minibuses departing from Çanakkale Bus Station and from there to Behramkale. Edremit route from Izmir is followed and after Küçükkuyu, the road to Assos is reached. When Ankara exit point is taken, Assos is through Eskişehir - Bursa - Balıkesir - Edremit road.

Places to visit in Assos

The first folk of Asos is declared that it was the Lelegian people. The city where Lesbos (Lesbos) was founded by a group from the beginning of 7th century BC, lived in 560 BC in Lycia and 545 BC in Persian dominion. Eubolos, one of the wealthy of the city, proclaimed his kingd…

Izmir Tourism Centers

I have already given general information about this beautiful city of Aegean in the context of Life in Izmir. Let's take a look at the tourist attractions of Izmir, the city I live in now.
Ephesus Antique City For more information, read the Ephesus Antique City article.
Kadife Kale

According to the legend, Alexander the Great came to Izmir, then fell to sleep under a plane tree while hunting at the Nemesis sanctuary in Kadifekale called the Pagos Hill covered with forest. The two Nemesis, whom he sees in his dream, ask Alexander to set up a brand new Izmir on the skirts of the hill , and Alexander, who wakes up from his sleep, asks the idea of Oracle Apollon of Claros’ .The Oracle says just a sentence “The people who setle here on Pagus Hill will be four times happier before.” Instead of relying on İskender's dream of Pagus Hill in the founding of the new Izmir, instead of relying on the development of the commercial potential of the era that developed at sea and land, It is a…

Fethiye Holiday Guide

In ancient times, Telmessos, which is the name of the province of Muğla Fethiye, is the most frequented port of the blue voyage boats. You can also walk around as well as on foot around Fethiye.
How to get to Fethiye? Fethiye, 720 from Istanbul, 650 from Ankara, 360 from Izmir,and 40 km away from Dalaman Airport. Most of the bus companies have direct drive to Fethiye.
Accommodation in Fethiye Holiday resorts, hotels, pensions are located in many centers as Fethiye, Oludeniz, Karagozler, Hisaronu, Ovacik, Belcekız, Faralya, Gocek, Calis, Üzümlü.It is possible to reach the phone numbers of hotels and pensions in Fethiye center and vicinity from Muğla Tourism Directorate's web page (
Places to Visit in Fethiye The Old Mosque and Fethiye Hammam Paspatur Bazaar which was built in 1791 belonging to the Ottoman period in Fethiye is located in the Bazaar. There are many sarcophagi and rock tombs in and around the district. The Lycian period monumental grave de…

Marmaris Holiday Guide

Tourism is constantly developing in Marmaris, Muğla. Any kind of holiday is possible in Marmaris. Centrally located luxury hotels, lively bars or calm quiet beaches in İçmeler or blue tour boats around Turunç.

How to get to Marmaris? Marmaris, 840 to Istanbul, 675 to Ankara, 278 km to Izmir. Most of the bus companies have direct service to Marmaris. Dalaman Airport is 100 km from Marmaris.
Accommodation in Marmaris In and around Marmaris (İçmeler, Pamucak, Hisaronu, Kumlubük, Bördübet) accommodation options are possible.
Marmaris Beaches Icmeler
5 km to Marmaris. The back side of the beach in the form of a bowl is covered with pine trees. Lodging options in the region are rich.
Sedir Island There are two small islets beside the Sedir Island in the Gulf of Gökova, which are called Middle and Small. Sedir Island, which houses the remains of the ancient city of Kedrai, has many historical relics from the Roman and Byzantine periods, as well as the antique theater planned on the northern…

Bozcaada (Tenedos)

Bozcaada, named as Tenedos in antiquity sources, is the third largest island of Turkey after Gökçeada and Marmara Island with an area of 36 square kilometers.

Bozcaada was an important military base throughout history due to its position on the way to the Dardanelles. After the reign of Ionia, Persia and the Delos Union, it was under the Roman domination in 63 BC. Aydınoğlu Umur Bey's eight-ship fleet plundered the island in 1328. The island was empty in the 14th century. in the time of II. Mehmet (Fatih) it was used as the base of the navy . The Venetians captured the island in 1656, but were taken back in 1657. During the Russian occupation (1807) the castle (New Castle) was rebuilt in 1842.
How to go to Bozcaada? The ferries to Bozcaada are departing from the Geyikli Port in Ezine. Bozcaada is reached at the end of a half hour ferry journey. There are sea bus services between Canakkale and Bozcaada. To reach Ezine from Istanbul, it is necessary to come to Çanakkale first. Fo…


Gökçeada, the largest island of Turkey, is mentioned as İmbros in the epic of Homer's Iliad. The villages of the island beaches that join the slow cities (Cittaslow), is famous for authentic coffee houses. It does not disappoint you.

How to go to Gökçeada? The transportation to Gökçeada, which is connected to the province of Çanakkale, is provided by the ferry that departs from Kabatepe Port located on the Gelibolu Peninsula. It is 333 kilometers from Istanbul to Kabatepe.
Mansions It is possible to find clean and comfortable small hotels in the island center. The new Bademli and Ugurlu villagers stand out with their pensions.
Food There are many restaurants in the island center that serve meat and homemade meals. The best fish restaurants are located on the coast of Kaleköy. You can also eat pancakes and drink tea and water pipe in Yörük tents.

It is possible to swim almost every coast in the island. Windsurfing can be done on the coast of Aydıncık (Kefalos). Yı…

Hagia Sophia Museum

The Hagia Sophia Museum is a church built in 532 by the command of Emperor Justinian. This structure, which was constructed with the destruction of a church in the same spot, was built in a short period of 6 years. After such a splendid construction in such a short time according the rumours say, Justinian shouted to Hagia Sophia and said, "Suleiman the Prophet I am superior than you now."

Hagia Sophia, which is thought to have been built on the Temple of Artemis, is such a magnificent interior adornment with its mosaics and unique architecture. In addition, the interior section is also striking. Even with its interior architecture, it is known as one of the wonders of the world. The 33-meter-wide dome is 55.6 meters above the base. After the conquest of Istanbul, the building was transformed into a mosque and at that time 4 dome was added.

From 1934 till today, it is being used as a museum. Haghia Sophia Museum, which is one of the most tourists points of Istanbul, has …

Ephesus Antique City

EFES is an ancient Ionian city in Western Anatolia. The ruins of this city having the name of "Ephesus" in those days are 3 km. away from the Selçuk district of Izmir. It is in the west. The city was built on the slopes of Mount Prion. According to Greek writers, the first inhabitants of this city are the "Amazon". An old belief here says the Ions came in 1000 years. During the following centuries Ephesus was conquered by the Kimmerians, the King of Lydia, Croesus. B.C. VI. by the Persians in the 20th century and Athens in the 19th century. At the beginning of the next century, it was taken by the Persians again, and then they were under the domination of Macedonian King Alexander the Great. Alexander established a democratic administration here. After his death, it passed on to the Greeks and later on to the Romans . In the century XIV, in the time of Timur, was deleted from the map. There are various historical artifacts in Ephesus, which has changed many hands …