Take a Culture Trip to Turkey

January 28, 2022 2:07 pm


With the last two years behind us, many of us are looking forward to getting back out there and seeing the world once again! If you enjoy exploring all of the beautiful history and heritage around the world, and learning more about ancient cultures and civilisations, one of the best places that you can go to enjoy this is Turkey.

Well known for its beautiful beaches, hot sunshine and fantastic food, Turkey is a much-loved holiday destination for those looking for fun in the sun. With so many places to stay, from family friendly hotels to luxury villas like these you can find at Kas villa rental, there is something to suit everyone.

If it is ancient history and interesting architecture that you like to enjoy on holiday, here are some of the must-see places in Turkey…

The Temple of Artemis – This temple is believed to be the first ever temple that was built from marble. Sadly, it was destroyed by an invading tribe in 268AD. It was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. There is not a great deal left of the temple, but you can visit the site and see the remains in Western Turkey.

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Miletus – This fantastic place is believed to have been a settlement since 3500BC, and it developed quickly with its good trading location near the sea, and its wool production. It endured many years of conflict and saw rule from Persians to Greeks to the Romans. Today you can see evidence of all of these ancient civilisations the main attraction here is the huge amphitheatre that still stands in remarkably good condition.

Assos – This is a tiny hillside town like many others, but it holds a great deal of historical significance. Aristotle once lived here after he left Greece and it was the place of study for many of his student philosophers. You can see the ruins here of the ancient Temple of Athena which was built around 530 BC as well as later additions made by the Romans, the walls and gates of the town. There are also beautiful views over towards the sea from here.

Hierapolis – This site has a natural spring, something that was loved by the Romans and therefore became a settlement. If you fancy it you can yourself have a soak in these spa waters which are surrounded by some of the remaining ancient Roman statues. You can wander around and explore this extensive site, as well as the grand theatre, or simply relax in the natural waters.

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Basilica of St John – This special Byzantine church is said to be the burial place of St John. This is the place where he spent the last days of his life and was also said to have written his gospel, so it is a special place for Christians.