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Basilica Cistern

The Basilica cistern is situated right next to the Hagia Sophia and opposite the police station. This cistern was used for the provision of water for the Great Palace in earlier Constantinopel. Right above the cistern was a basilica that’s why it’s called like this. The water within the cistern was brought from Belgrade back then and provided the emperor’s family and household. Sights in istanbul The cistern consists of twelve rows of 28 columns and can store up to 80,000 cubic metres of water. In the back of the cistern you can find two heads of medusa. The entrance fee is 15 TL.
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Derinkuyu Underground City

Speaking of Dwarves and Tolkien, the Derinkuyu Underground City just might fool you into thinking you are in Middle Earth or at least in the middle of the earth. This city built possible between the 8th - 7th century BC is an underground settlement roughly 60-70 meters in depth. This city would have been home to roughly 20,000 people. It has 5 levels which are connected by a vertical staircase and it has a single ventilation shaft. The city has everything from stables, wineries to chapels. Moreover, this is not the only underground city, there are more, one of them, Kayamikli, is connected to this via an 8 KM tunnel. Even the best fantasy writers and their imagination can't beat this place.
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Ephesus Theatre

Ephesus is located in Selcuk, Izmir, Turkey. It was one of the most important cities on the Aegean coast of Asia Minor in the ancient world. The history of the city goes back to 3000 BC. The city was ruled by kings until the latter half of the second century BC, when the Romans took over Asia Minor from Pergamene Kingdom.It was a harbor city and also the capital of Roman Asia during the Roman period. The city was also the most important commercial and financial center in the Asian dominions of Rome. Paul made numerous conversions among both the Jews and Greeks during his two visits to Ephesus on his second and third missionary journeys. The total area of the city is nine square kilometers. The fame and prosperity of Ephesus started declining in the second half of the fourth century A.D. Severe earthquakes, which happened between 369-370 AD, devastated the whole city. The city began loosing its importance after the fifth century AD because that tens of thousands of people had died in the earthquakes and the harbor was damaged and silted up by the river Kystros.
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The sacred city boasts of some wonderfully intriguing ruins and a thermal pool....

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TURKEY!!!...

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Turkey has a very unique landscape and history which set's it apart from the rest of the region....

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Although national currency is Turkish Lira, Euros are accepted throughout Turkey. 2....

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Maybe not everyone fancy what the ancient people left for us to see. ...

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Everywhere in Turkey, you also find Kahavalati which literally translates to 'Breakfast'....

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Why I chose Turkey?...

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It has so much to offer right from the fast paced city life to the ancient cities with their ruins, volcanic rock formations, underground cities and not forgetting the amazing coast line with the turquoise waters....

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With over 1600 km in distance ahead of me, I told myself that everything would be ok as I began my hitchhiking adventure from Turkey to Georgia!...

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Turkey has be by far my most unforgettable trip among the 9 countries I have travelled....

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Post lunch we visited Kusadasi which is one of the main ports in Turkey....

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Turkey is a standout amongst the most delightful nations of the world....

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But honestly, Turkey never figured in the top five on my must visit list....

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During my recent and my first visit to Turkey, we decided to make Istanbul as our base....

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Actually, that applies for Turkey as a whole....

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Turkey Trip was one of my first international Backpacker's trip....

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Day 5: Leave for Cappadocia-a short flight away- which is an ancient city with the dreamiest landscape and exceptional natural wonders....

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Pamakkule - the natural wonder of Turkey After breakfast, strolled through the ruins of ancient Roman City Hierapolis and then transferred to Kusadasi....

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I truly hope that we get to visit again as I don’t think Turkey is done with me yet!...

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Kayaköy (Levissi Karmylassos) is a village 8 km south of Fethiye whas many ruins left from the population exchange between Turkey and Greece in 1923....

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