The Maiden’s Tower

The Maiden’s Tower was known as the Tower of Leandros during the ancient Greek and medieval Byzantine periods. It is situated in an islet off the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul. It was built in 408 BC to help in controlling the movements of the Persian ships.

The tower underwent a major renovation in 1998, and steel supports were placed after an earthquake a year after. For centuries, the tower served as a lighthouse. Its interior was then converted into a café and restaurant. The latter occupies the first floor and the café is at its top. There are private boats that go to the location several times a day.

The tower has other reasons for its “claim to fame.” It was used as a location in a scene of the James Bond movie, “The World Is Not Enough” and another film entitled “Hitman.” It was also used as a stop point in the 7th season of the popular reality TV show, Amazing Race.

Sanliurfa

Sanliurfa is dubbed as the “city of prophets.” This is where the cave that served as the birthplace of the prophet Ibrahim can be found.

Legend says that the lakes situated here, such as the Halil-Or Rahman and Aynzelihe, were formed after Ibrahim was thrown into the fire by Nimrod, and God turned the fire into water to save the prophet. Many people actually believe this to be true.

The city is now a considered a “holy place” to visit. Some of its attractions include the mosques of Halil-tir Rahman and Rizvaniye, and the cave where Ibrahim was born, which is situated on the outskirts of the Urfa Castle.

Library of Celsus

The ancient building of the Library of Celsus can be found in Ephesus in Anatolia. It was built from Celsus’ own wealth.

Celsus was among the earliest men with pure Greek origin who became a consul. The library served as a special honor to Celsus, who was buried in a sarcophagus under the building’s main entrance.

Although what remains now are only ruins, the site still features prime examples of Roman public architecture. There are guided tours that you can join if you want to learn more about the structure and its importance, as well as check out the other landmarks which can be found in the city.

 Dolmabahce Palace

In Istanbul, at the European side of the Bosporus, another magnificent work of genius stands, namely the Dolmabahçe Palace. This structure served an important role during the Ottoman Empire in 1856 up to 1922, excluding the years 1887 to 1909, during which it became the empire’s main administrative center.

The traditional beauty of the structure has been preserved and remains intact. Its design is a mixture of elements from styles such as Rococo, Neoclassical and Baroque. In 1984, the palace was renovated and opened as a museum. It is now an ideal venue for any culture- and art-related activities.

Kaputas Beach

In the southwestern part of the country, specifically in between Kas and Kalkan, you will find a breathtaking long beach that is known as Kaputas Beach. It is 20 km away from Kas and 7 km away from Kalkan, to be exact.

Its main attraction is its untouched natural beauty, which has made it quite popular among tourists and locals. It is also a favorite stop-over point for those who are yachting along the Blue Cruise.

Take note though that you should bring your own things and snacks when going to this beach, as there are only a few vendors who set up small stalls, usually during the daytime. Despite the lack of fixed amenities on the beach, lots of people still come to appreciate the simple beauty of the place. It is especially ideal for nature-lovers and people who simply want to spend the day relaxing, away from all the hustle and bustle of work.

The beach is securely guarded by the municipality of Kalkan. It can be reached through stairs that descend from the road.

 

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