Throughout history, Turkey has been caught between empires, countries, ethnic groups, and now, continents. Civilizations and conflicts have come and go, but the country’s epic natural landscapes, majestic ancient ruins, and cultural diversity have only become even more captivating. Find yourself at the crossroads of time in Istanbul, where well-preserved Byzantine and Ottoman architecture betray its title as one of the oldest cities in the world. Next in line to the claim are the biblical city of Ephesus, Byzantine-era Aya Sofya, the ancient thermal salt baths in Pamukkale, and Cappadocia’s underground cities. Explore these one by one while trying local treats like kebab, baklava, and tea!


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