Tucked away in the middle of eastern Europe and western Asia lies a majestic nation of Turkey. The country has a rich culture backed by historical connections to some of the world’s greatest empires from ancient Greece, Rome, Persia, Byzantium, and the great Ottoman Empire. To this day, some of the influences of these countries remain visible in Turkey’s historical structures and relics, their food, and even down to their fashion and culture. Discover the wonders of this cultural melting pot and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Turkish nation:
Be astounded by Aya Sofya
The impressive Aya Sofya is one of Istanbul’s most important monuments. Commissioned by the Byzantine emperor Justinian, it was sanctified as a church in the year 537. It was then converted to a mosque by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453. Finally, it was declared a museum in 1935 by Ataturk, a former president of Turkey. Today, it stands as one of the most defyingly beautiful and religiously important structures in the country. Witness its grand architectural form first-hand and take in the views of all its towering glory. Take photos beside the intricate columns in a show-stopping ochre tunic, or complement the ornate dome of the Aya Sofya with a Mediterranean-inspired printed dress and gold bangles to pull the look together.
Explore the beautiful ruins of Bergama Acropolis
The Acropolis of Pergamum in Bergama is home to some of Turkey’s most impressive archaeological sites. This ancient settlement was once the capital of the Attalid kings during the Hellenistic period. The Temple of Trajan, which was used to worship emperors Trajan and Hadrian and the god Zeus, still stands tall with its colossal marble columns intact. Other places of worship like the Temple of Dionysus and the Altar of Zeus have withstood the test of time. Keeping its place at the forefront of the scenic landscape is the Hellenistic theatre, which is actually built into the hill itself. Explore the sites on foot and experience the Acropolis’ glory days. Traipse from one destination to another in a light sundress to fend off the heat of the sun, and to stand out in photos by the historical sites.
Get your keepsakes at the Kemeralti Market
There’s no better way to immerse yourself in a foreign country than exploring its local bazaars. The Kemeralti dates back to the 17th century. Here, you’ll find shops, eateries, artisans’ workshops, mosques, coffeehouses, tea gardens, and synagogues. It is within the packed stalls of this crowded market that you will find the beauty in the exotic. Take a glimpse into the fashion and beauty scene of the locals at the boutiques, and even buy an outfit or two for yourself to don afterward. And don’t worry if you get lost–it’s all part of the bazaar’s allure. Venture into unknown spots and take unfamiliar routes to uncover a hidden treasure you can keep forever.
Delve into the magnificent and historically rich country of Turkey with Turkish Airlines. Gearing towards making aviation history, Turkish Airlines is set to make the great move to the new Istanbul Airport on April 6, 2019. The 45-hour move is considered to be one of the greatest airport projects in the world. Enjoy one of the most modern airports when it opens to the public and traverse the curious yet wonderful land of Turkey with Turkish Airlines.