Tour Consultant Drew D. returned from Turkey with a camera full of images capturing Turkey’s natural beauty as well as the remnants of the ancient civilizations that once populated the countrysides. Here, he shares his favorite five.
The Blue Mosque in Istanbul was completed in 1616. It is still a working mosque and is famous for its over 20,000 handmade ceramic tiles and its domination of the skyline of old town Istanbul.
The amphitheater in Pergamon, Anatolia could fits to 15,000 people and was once host to public announcements, plays and executions. Even from the top of the seats, you can clearly hear a person speaking below.
The library at Ephesus was found mostly intact and was the focal point of the main street of the ancient Greek city on the Ionian coast. In the 10th century, it shared the street with vendors, public bathhouses and even homes with running water.
Pammukkale (or “cotton castle”) is home to travertines created by the minerals left behind by the constant flowing water of the hot springs. Roman citizens visited these springs for their healing and therapeutic properties.
Roman aqueducts outside of Antalya, Turkey. Roman engineers tapped into springs in the mountains and then used gravity to pipe the water directly into the city for use in everything from fountains to sewers.
Have you ever been to Turkey? Tell us your favorite part—or where you’d love to go—in the comments!