10 Top Tourist Attractions in Istanbul - Travel Video
Istanbul is a city that wears its cultures and history well, blending them into an exciting city that has much to offer travelers from around the world. Founded during Neolithic times, Istanbul today is a modern city that remains true to its historic heritage through its mosques, basilicas and ancient bazaars. Standing between the East and the West, Turkey’s largest city offers an aura of intrigue and charm that will appeal to all visitors. Here’s a look at the top tourist attractions in Istanbul:
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Pamukkale, 'Cotton castle' in Turkish is a small town in Denizli province and a popular tourist attraction. This video is based on my visit to the travertines (thermal pools) of Pamukkale which is also must do activity if you are on a trip to Turkey. I have shared information on entrance fee, opening-closing time, Do's and don'ts, touched a bit of history of Hierapolis which is an ancient city adjacent to the travertines.
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12 TOP RATED - Best Tourist Attractions in Turkey
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1. Aya Sofya - Beautiful Museum! Hagia Sophia was first constructed as a Church and was then converted into a Mosque.
2. Ephesus - A must visit place in Turkey itinerary. Rich in history with most parts of the greeko-roman city been
excavated. House of Virgin Mary, mosque etc are all wonderful.
3. Cappadocia - Area in Central Anatolia in Turkey best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities, cave
churches and houses carved in the rocks.
4. Topkapi Palace - It is very interesting place! Huge! Many interesting details. Maps and signs are good, well secured
5. Pamukkale - Amazing place to visit. The water was spectacular and the water quality was superb.
6. Sumela Monastery - What an impressive structure. Very secluded place at high mountains hidden in forest. It is definitely
7. Mount Nemrut - Wonderous, avoid weekends for sunset or sunrise. Mount Nemrut has structures of the beheaded gods on both
the sides - the east with better lighting during Sunrise and the west with better lighting during Sunset.
8. Ani Ghost City - a ruined medieval Armenian city now situated in Turkey's province of Kars.
9. Aspendos - Very well preserved theatre. A walk up the hillside behind the theatre gives a great view.
10. Cruising the Mediterranean - Cruising on a yacht is the number one activity for visitors to Bodrum and Fethiye for good
11. Pergamum - a rich and powerful ancient Greek city in Aeolis.
12. Ölüdeniz - an absolutely beautiful place, the views, scenery and and beaches are breathtaking.
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Although it is the world’s second smallest continent, Europe welcomes more than half of all the tourists worldwide. In fact, 7 of the 10 most visited countries in the world are European nations. It’s easy to see why; a well-preserved cultural heritage, rich history, safety and efficient infrastructure makes visiting Europe a breeze. Here’s a look at the best places to visit in Europe:
Amazing Turkish Food and Attractions in Istanbul - Istanbul, Turkey, Travel Guide!
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Day 9: Istanbul, Turkey - This was a day of sightseeing at some of the most famous attractions in Istanbul that I’ve wanted to visit my entire life including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. And the read highlight of the day for me was the incredible Turkish food, especially the kebabs.
Museum Pass Istanbul - 85 TRY ($28.88) - Before getting started with the things we did in this video, I purchased a Museum Pass for Istanbul, which granted me access to a few of the attractions without having to stand in line. I’m not sure if I really saved much money, but it did save time.
2:00 Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque) - Our first stop of the day in this attractions in Istanbul video was the Sultan Ahmet Camii, which is commonly known as the Blue Mosque due to its blue tiles on the inside. We actually arrived a little too early in the morning, so they were not open yet, so we walked around the Hippodrome of Constantinople for a few minutes. When the Blue Mosque opened, we went inside. Both inside and outside are incredible to see.
5:37 Hagia Sophia - One of the most famous pieces of architecture in all of Istanbul and one of the most famous attractions is Hagia Sophia. It started off as a church, later became a mosque, and now it’s an official museum. After entering, you can walk around the main room, but the highlight of visiting Hagia Sophia for me was walking up to the upper galleries for some amazing views from above.
8:24 Topkapi Palace - Finally, one more of the most famous attractions in Istanbul, and located right in the same area as Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque is Topkapi Palace, which was an Ottoman Palace. You can walk around the gardens and palace structures, which are now galleries. I especially enjoyed the Imperial Harem, which was a section of the palace reserved for women, and the best preserved area of the palace.
11:25 Sehzade Erzurum Cag Kebab (Şehzade Cağ Kebap) - There are many different types of Turkish food, and cag kebab is a type of kebab from Erzurum in Eastern Turkey. According some some men I met while eating the amazing kebabs, this is the best restaurant for cag kebab in all of Istanbul. The type of kebab is made from lamb, and instead of being on a vertical skewer like other types of kebabs, it’s grilled on a horizontal skewer. The meat is cooked with wood fire, and slice off onto smaller skewers to be served. If you get a chance to try cag kebab, it’s an absolutely stunning Turkish food. The entire meal was delicious, but the best part was meeting the owner of Sehzade Erzurum Cag Kebab and eating a slice of the meat right off the roll hot and fresh. Out entire meal cost 85 TL ($28.88).
20:34 Basilica Cistern - 20 TRY ($6.80) - Arter the amazing Turkish food lunch, we headed over to see the Basilica cistern, one of many underground cisterns in Istanbul. It was interesting to see. We then headed to the hotel for a rest, and then went out again for dinner.
23:27 Dinner at Balkan Lokantasi - Beşiktaş is a neighborhood in Istanbul and we walked over to a restaurant for dinner in that neighborhood called Balkan Lokantasi. It was an extremely busy restaurant serving all sorts of different Turkish food in a cafeteria like style. You walk through the line, choose whatever dishes you want, and pay for what you get. You can eat a serious feast for a pretty good price. I got a little confused and didn’t really know what I was doing, so ended up ordering what was way too much food. But that’s alright, it was all really delicious.
It was fantastic day of Turkish food and visiting some attractions in Istanbul that I had wanted to visit my entire life.
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Top 9 Beautiful Places to Visit in Algeria
Top 9 Beautiful Places To Visit in Algeria. Is Algeria Safe to Travel or Work? Read full articles before your journey.
Algeria (Country in North Africa) Despite many western advisory warnings against visiting Algeria, the security situation is getting better. Terrorism in 2005 was focused only in isolated areas such as heavily wooded mountains in less developed regions of the center and attacks near the Libyan or Malian border caused by war in those two countries. Security forces are doing their best to protect visitors to these areas, but tourists must take caution when visiting these places. They have to give their itinerary and plans to the local police before taking the road.
Do not travel after nightfall; travel by plane if you can rather than car; avoid minor roads; ask the police if you are unsure about your surroundings and nothing unusual should happen to you. Also, you should trust only official travel advisories when it comes to personal safety when you travel to a foreign country.
As with most Muslim countries, prostitution is illegal and punishments are severe, so it's best to avoid it while staying here.
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#1. Algiers (Capital of Algeria)
Algiers is the capital city of Algeria, on the country’s Mediterranean coast. It’s known for the whitewashed buildings of the Kasbah, a medina with steep winding streets, Ottoman palaces and a ruined citadel. The 17th-century Ketchaoua Mosque is flanked by 2 large minarets. The Great Mosque has marble columns and arches. The clifftop Catholic basilica of Notre-Dame d'Afrique features a large silver dome and mosaics.
#2. Oran (City in Algeria)
Oran is a port city in northwest Algeria, known as the birthplace of rai folk music. Fort Santa Cruz, an Ottoman citadel rebuilt by the Spanish, sits atop Mount Murdjadjo and has views of the bay below. Nearby is the whitewashed Chapelle Santa Cruz, built after a cholera epidemic. In La Blanca, the Turkish old town, is the 18th-century Pacha Mosque with an octagonal minaret. Nearby, Kasr El Bey is an Ottoman palace.
#3. Constantine (City in Algeria)
Constantine, also spelled Qacentina or Kasantina, is the capital of Constantine Province in north-eastern Algeria. During Roman times it was called Cirta and was renamed Constantina in honour of emperor Constantine the Great. It was the capital of the same-named French département until 1962. Slightly inland, it is about 80 kilometres from the Mediterranean coast, on the banks of the Rhumel river. Regarded as the capital of eastern Algeria and the centre of its region, Constantine has a population of 448,374, making it the third largest city in the country after Algiers and Oran. There are museums and important historical sites around the city. It is often referred to as the City of Bridges due to the numerous picturesque bridges connecting the mountains the city is built on. Constantine was named the Arab Capital of Culture in 2015.
#4. Tamanrasset (City in Algeria)
Tamanrasset is an oasis city and capital of Tamanrasset Province in southern Algeria, in the Ahaggar Mountains. It is the chief city of the Algerian Tuareg. It is located an altitude of 1,320 metres.
#5. Béjaïa (City in Algeria)
Béjaïa, formerly Bougie and Bugia, is a Mediterranean port city on the Gulf of Béjaïa in Algeria; it is the capital of Béjaïa Province, Kabylia. Béjaïa is the largest principally Kabyle-speaking city in the Kabylie region of Algeria.
#6. Annaba (City in Algeria)
Annaba is a port city in northeast Algeria. On the Cours de la Révolution, the main street with a broad central promenade, architecture reflects the city’s French colonial past. St. Augustine Basilica, completed in 1900, towers on a hill to the south. Below it sprawls the ruined city of Hippo Regius, with the remains of Roman villas and baths. The Musée d’Hippone exhibits mosaics and objects from the site.
#7. Tlemcen (City in Algeria)
Tlemcen is a city in northern Algeria. It’s known for Moorish buildings, such as the 11th-century Grand Mosque, with a tall minaret and elaborate mihrab (prayer niche). The tomb of Sidi Boumediene, a 12th-century Sufi teacher, is a place of pilgrimage. Its adjacent mosque is an example of Almoravid architecture, with carved stucco. In the city center, the 12th-century palace of El Mechouar is protected by high walls.
#8. Ghardaïa (City in Algeria)
Ghardaïa is the capital city of Ghardaïa Province, Algeria. The commune of Ghardaïa has a population of 93,423 according to the 2008 census, up from 87,599 in 1998, with an annual growth rate of 0.7%.
#9. Djémila (Village in Algeria)
Djémila, formerly Cuicul, is a small mountain village in Algeria, near the northern coast east of Algiers, where some of the best preserved Berbero-Roman ruins in North Africa are found.
NANJING, China Travel Guide - Best Things to Do & Travel Tips
In this travel guide to Nanjing, China, I'll show you all the must-see attractions, as well as places to look for street food and enjoy the local Jiangsu cuisine in Nanjing. The ancient capital can be reached within a few hours by train from major cities like Shanghai and Beijing. It’s a good idea to add Nanjing to your travel itinerary.
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3. Laomendong 02:13
4. Confucius Temple Area 02:26
5. Republican-era Buildings (Presidential Palace, 1912 Bar & Club Street) 02:46
6. Purple Mountain Area 03:13
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The Best Hotels in Belek, Turkey
Belek is a township with own municipality in Serik district in Turkey's Antalya Province. Belek is one of the centers of Turkey's tourism industry and is as such home to more than thirty four-star and five-star hotels and many other accommodation, services and entertainment facilities. The town and the surrounding area are famous for their spas and mineral waters received from seven springs.
The Kurşunlu Waterfall is a place in Belek. There are over 100 bird species living by this natural wonder. The hidden cave at the back of the waterfall is a popular place for visiting. Near Belek there is the Hellenistic city of Perge, which is rated second after Ephesus and the great amphitheater of Aspendos that still today can hold over 15.000 spectators. The ancient Aspendos amphitheatre holds 20,000 people, is over 2000 years old and still hosts open- air classical, ballet and opera festivals today. The Roman ruins at Perge are some of the best preserved archaeological sites in Turkey. Side is one of the best known classical sites in Turkey.
The Best Hotels in Belek:
The 5-star Calista Luxury Resort is located on the sandy beach. Calista Luxury Resort has been welcoming guests to its luxurious rooms since 2007.
This hotel is situated 2.2 km away from Garden of Tolerance, Dallas Rafting and The Land of Legends Theme Park. The property is located within a 30-minute walk to the center of Belek. The hotel offers 600 rooms featuring satellite TV, a minibar, free Wi-Fi, an in-room safe and individual climate control as well as tiled bathrooms with a shower cabin, a bidet and a Jacuzzi. Breakfast is served in the restaurant each morning. The hotel’s exceptional restaurant serves a variety of Mediterranean dishes.
Gloria Verde Resort. This large beach-front resort is located in Belek, next to a 45-hole golf course. Gloria Verde features freshwater pools, a spa center and a beach with unique marine wildlife. The air conditioned rooms at the Gloria Verde Resort & Spa offer free internet access and satellite TV channels. They include bathrooms with bathtubs and a private balcony or terrace. Guests can enjoy Asian cuisine at the Garuda Restaurant and a fusion of Turkish, Mediterranean and Mexican food at the main Mythos Restaurant. Both eateries focus on healthy, low-calorie dining.
Riu Kaya Palazzo Golf Resort, the new address of luxury and glory in the most popular holiday destination of Turkey, has opened its doors to guests in July 2013 at facilities including a 3,500 square meter spa center, sea-view rooms, a mini club offering unlimited fun for kids, suites with private pools, a congress center promising to be the new address of magnificent congresses, a la carte restaurants offering the finest dining with selected flavors from the world cuisine and many other exclusive services.
The 5-star Maxx Royal Belek Golf And Spa is set just 2.4 km from Troy Aqua & Dolphinarium, Garden of Tolerance and Dallas Rafting. Maxx Royal Belek Golf And Spa has been welcoming guests to its beautiful rooms since 2011. Museums and the amphitheater as well as parks are in a short distance from the property. The rooms in Maxx Royal Belek Golf And Spa come with heating, a laptop safe, LCD TV, a stereo system and high-speed internet. Guests can enjoy a magnificent view over the sea. The guestrooms offer a soothing interior and marble floor. The family restaurant serves Irish dishes. The Poolside bar serves a large variety of tea and coffee as well as snacks and barbeque.
Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort is a spectacular 5-star hotel set close to Dallas Rafting, Troy Aqua & Dolphinarium and Lara beach park. Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort has been welcoming guests to its classic rooms since 2014. The hotel comprises 530 rooms equipped with climate control, a laptop-size safe, a microwave, TV with satellite channels and a minibar. Some rooms feature views over the Mediterranean Sea. An electric kettle, a dishwasher and coffee/tea makers as well as detached bathrooms with a shower, a hairdryer and a Jacuzzi are available in each room. The luxury snack bar offers billiards and an outdoor terrace.
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ATATURK MAUSOLEUM ANITKABIR (HE NEVER DIED!!)
ATATURK MAUSOLEUM (ANITKABIR)
Anıtkabir or Ataturk Mausoleum is situated in the Ankara, which is the capital of Turkey and home to one of the country’s most significant masterpieces. This notable example of modern Turkish architecture was decorated by Turkish great architect Emin Onat and erected between 1944 and 1953.
WHO WAS MUSTAFA KEMAL ATATURK?
Being nationalist leader of Turkish people and founder, Atatürk is the first president of the republic of Turkey. He is not only important for Turks but also the other people from many different countries. When he died on 10th November 1938, his body moved to Etnography while Anıtkabir was building.
THE BUILDING STORY OF ANITKABIR
Ataturk did not say anything where he wanted to be buried before he died. However, while he was conversing with his friends, he stated that of course I will die someday. If I die, Çankaya (a province of Ankara) is very good location for my grave. Because of that, the Turkish people tried to fulfil his request in order to reflect their love and respect against him.
Once upon a time there were many Phrygian graves (the ruins of tumulus) belonging to B.C XII century in today’s Anıtkabir. Within those tombs includes valuable goods but later they were sent to the Archaeological Museum.
Its place was determined by Turkish deputy Mithat Aydın and the Turk committee of the period. Rasattepe with 906 altitudes was chosen for that famous Ataturk's tomb. Moreover, there was regulated an international competition by the same committee in 1941. Totally 47 countries with valuable projects such as Turkey, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, Czechoslovakia were participated in this contest.
At last the projects belonging to Professor Emin Onat and Associate Professor Orhan Arda were accepted. The construction of Anıtkabir was firstly begun in 1944 but later it was completed in 1953.
Anıtkabir consists of four separate sections;
In the First Section: It was made the adjustment of land level for the tomb. Additionally, the Reliance Wall was built on the lion road leaning down Ataturk’s mausoleum. It was completed in one year.
In the Second Part: It covers the area of tomb, ceremony and around buildings added later. Also the project of monument’s mass had been planned within that place. Entry towers and an important section of that fascinating organization were finished here. Surrogated by many various trees such as Acacias, Ash Threes, Elm, Honeysuckle, Silverberry and Tamarisk Trees, that location contains the water system which creates a ravishing atmosphere. It takes 5 years.
In the Third Place: The roads meeting the monument and Lion Road were finished in that space. The Parade (Ceremony) Ground and the tomb were furnished here. Moreover, the steps of stairs were made in that location.
The Last Section: It is the last grade of the building breath-taking Anıtkabir. Honour Hall and the vaults were built here. That part was ornamented with the amazing stone profiles and eaves motifs which reflect Seljuk and Italian architectural syles.
Covering 15 m2 areas, Anıtkabir is surrogated Istiklal (Liberty) and Hurriyet (Independence) Towers, Lion Road, Mehmetçik, Müdafa-I Hukuk, Republic, Victory, Revolution, Misak-I Milli (National Pact) and 23 April Towers.
Located on the Anıtkabir, that glorious museum consists of Ataturk’s shave sets, sticks, gifts and other his possessions like many photographs about him and his valuable family. In addition to this, the weapons of famous Sabiha Gökçen (the first woman combat pilot) and Afet İnan (foster child of Ataturk) and the mini Koran belonging to Rukiye Erkine (another adopted daughter of him) given by Ataturk as a present were exhibited here.
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Armenia/Yerevan (City Center) Part 2
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Yerevan (sometimes spelled Erivan is the capital and largest city of Armenia as well as one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country. It has been the capital since 1918, the thirteenth in the history of Armenia, and the seventh located in or around the Ararat plain.
The history of Yerevan dates back to the 8th century BC, with the founding of the fortress of Erebuni in 782 BC by king Argishti I at the western extreme of the Ararat plain. Erebuni was designed as a great administrative and religious centre, a fully royal capital. By the late ancient Armenian Kingdom, new capital cities were established and Yerevan declined in importance. Under Iranian and Russian rule, it was the center of the Erivan Khanate from 1736 to 1828 and the Erivan Governorate from 1850 to 1917, respectively. After World War I, Yerevan became the capital of the First Republic of Armenia as thousands of survivors of the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire arrived in the area. The city expanded rapidly during the 20th century as Armenia became part of the Soviet Union. In a few decades, Yerevan was transformed from a provincial town within the Russian Empire to Armenia's principal cultural, artistic, and industrial center, as well as becoming the seat of national government.
With the growth of the economy of the country, Yerevan has been undergoing major transformation as many parts of the city have been the recipient of new construction since the early 2000s, and retail outlets as much as restaurants, shops, and street cafés, which were rare during Soviet times, have multiplied. As of 2011, the population of Yerevan was 1,060,138, just over 35% of the Republic of Armenia's total population. According to the official estimate of 2016, the current population of the city is 1,073,700. Yerevan was named the 2012 World Book Capital by UNESCO. Yerevan is an associate member of Eurocities.
Of the notable landmarks of Yerevan, Erebuni Fortress is considered to be the birthplace of the city, the Katoghike Tsiranavor church is the oldest surviving church of Yerevan and Saint Gregory Cathedral is the largest Armenian cathedral in the world, Tsitsernakaberd is the official memorial to the victims of the Armenian Genocide, and several opera houses, theatres, museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions. Yerevan Opera Theatre is the main spectacle hall of the Armenian capital, the National Gallery of Armenia is the largest art museum in the Republic of Armenia and shares a building with the History Museum of Armenia, and the Matenadaran repository contains one of the largest depositories of ancient books and manuscripts in the world. The neoclassical Republic Square is the center of the city and the monumental Cascade steps lead from the city center to Victory Park, home of a Luna Park and the statue Mother Armenia overlooking Yerevan.Wikipedia