Hierapolis – Pamukkale

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 9.12.1988 List Reference: 485 Criteria: Natural/ Cultural   SACRED LAND CLAD IN WHITE According to the legend that spread the mystery of Hierapolis to the wide world, an ugly shepherd girl, fed Click More »

Göreme National Park and the Rock Site of Cappadocia

Cappadocia Baloon   Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1985 List Reference: 357 Criteria:Natural/ Cultural   DESIGNED BY NATURE: CAPPADOCIA Cappadocia, which was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985 on natural and cultural criteria, Is Click More »

Selimiye Mosque and it’s Social Complex

EDIRNE Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 27.06.2011 List Reference: 1366 Criteria : Cultural A Master work of Classical Ottoman Architecture Edirne was the capital of the Ottoman Empire prior to the Click More »

Nemrut Mountain

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1987 List Reference: 448 Criteria: Cultural   THE SUN RISES AND SETS WITH A UNIQUE MAJESTY AT NEMRUT MOUNTAIN! The Nemrut mountain side with the tumulus containing the tomb of King Antiochus Click More »

Historic Areas of Istanbul

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1985 List Reference: 356 Criteria: Cultural   Love of Continents: ISTANBUL The historical areas of Istanbul, which has been the capital of three great empires, were inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage Click More »

Hattusa The Capital City of Hittites

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 28.11.1986 List Reference: 377 Criteria: Cultural   OPEN-AIR MUSEUM Hattusha, which was the capital of the Hittite Empire during antiquity, has been in the List of World Heritage since 1986 on cultural Click More »

Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1985   List Reference: 358 Criteria: Cultural     THE MOSQUE WHERE STONES WERE DRESSED WITH LOVE   The first Turkish building inscribed to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the Great Mosque and Click More »

City of Safranbolu

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 17.12.1994 List Reference: 614 Criteria: Cultural   ORIGINAL EXAMPLE OF THE TRADITIONAL Safranbolu, an Anatolian city that brings history to life through its mosques, market, neighbourhoods, streets and original houses, was inscribed Click More »

Turkey in World Heritage

Unesco World of Heritage List   Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.   Click More »


Hatay: Located at Turkey’s southern tip, Hatay is a center of civilization abounding in historical and cultural legacies in every corner. The city is positioned at the geographical location connecting Anatolia the Middle East and has an incomparable historical heritage Click More »


Sakarya: is one of Turkey’s fastest developing cities surrounded by a lush green landscape abounding in natural wonders. With a history dating back to the 8th century, the city has been one of the main settlements of major empires.  Naturally, Click More »


Van: Turkey’s sixth largest city and cultural legacy rich in history, monuments, natural beauty and unique flavors One of the border cities of Turkey, Van welcomes visitors from all over the world particularly for its culture and winter tourism. The Click More »


Rize is blessed with the most beautiful nature that has been preserved over the centuries. The fresh air of Rize has a regenerative effect on you with every breath you take. Located in the greenest area of Turkey, the Eastern Click More »

Turkey Outlets and cheap shopping addresses

Turkey Outlets and cheap shopping addresses in Turkey Shopping is an indispensable part of our daily life. Outlet shops have become the addresses for cheaper shopping. Many brands manufacture cheaper products especially for their outlets. List of some outlet center Click More »


Balıkesir: Blessed with numerous islands where lush green forests stretch along the shores of the infinite sea, Balıkesir province is also the habitat of abundant olive groves. Founded by the Mysians in ancient times, Balıkesir has been one of the Click More »


Amasya:  The city where the Sultans’ sons were educated and the legendary city where Ferhad had to mine the mountains to reunite with his beloved Shirin, Amasya has been one of the major cities of many civilizations since the ancient Click More »


Mersin Mersin: One of the warmest and most beautiful cities of the Mediterranean region that can be visited for its authentic flavors and beautiful beaches any time of the year. Mersin is one of the most developed cities of the Click More »


Burdur Burdur: Located in the western part of the Mediterranean Region, Burdur is a major city where scenic beauties meet with historical archaeology Settled for the first time in 7000 BC, Burdur has been home to many civilizations and ancient Click More »


Yalova: Surrounded by the Marmara Sea, Yalova is a peaceful and relaxing city rich in thermal springs and abundant nature. It is estimated that Yalova was founded in the 7th century BC by Bithynians from Thrace. Yalova is rich in Click More »


Karabük Karabük is situated on an important trade route between Amasra on the coast and central Anatolia. Karabük is a town and the capital district of Karabük Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Karabük was built in the 1930s as the seat of the iron and steel Click More »


Antalya is a pretty, historically rich city that has beeen located in south of Turkey on Mediterranean shore. It has been keeping the speciality that it has been an important trade center from the past untill today. The historical origin of Antalya is as old as that of humanbeing. At the south of the city, the archeological excavations and researches which have been carried out in Karain Cave in Şam Mountain located in foot of Toros Mountains from 1946 untill today, have achieved to bring to light numerous quite rich finds belong to Paleolitic and Neolitic ages.

The first settlement location of Antalya had been set on a place whose recent name is Kaleici. The remnants belong to old city, South, East and North gates have being presented untill today. The North gate has been called as City Gate, the East gate consisting three arches has been called as Emperor Hadrianus Gate and South Gate has been called as Hidirlik Gate. Today’s road starting from the port passing through the midde of the city reaching at the North gate has been located on the old road.

Antalya, which had been named as Attalia in Archaic age, has taken its name from Pergame King II.Attalos who had stayed on the throne between the years of 159 and 138 B.C Attalos who had desired to enlarge the lands of his kingdom when he had been on throne, had started campaigns to South and to East; during these campaigns, he had gotten hold of Antalya located in Pamfilya Region, then he had transformed the city into a trade center and a military base.

According to a legend, King Attalos had declared that he had been looking for an heaven that exists on earth but its location had been unknown and he had wanted his soldiers to look for it. During the conquest, the Navy of King Attalos had captured Pampilya, then they had come to Mediterranean shore. When they had reached at “Kaleici” of today, they had thought that they had found the heaven and they immediately had informed about their finding. Attalos had started to change this place into a perfect city.

As it could be seen on Roman Maps; the first name of the city was Attalia. Afterwards, this word has been transformed into Adalya, then. Sadalia and finally Antalya name has been arrived at today. Untill now, as a result of the archeological excavations and researches which have been carried out in Antalya Region, almost a hundred Archaic settlement have been achieved to bring to light. Hittite, Lidia, Persian, Ionia, Macedonian, Roman and Byzantine hints have been found in the settlements.

The settlement located in here such as Perge, Side, Demre and each of them had been important trade centers for the Anatolia of Archaic age. Another important feature of Antalya is its leadership in ship construction. There had been constructed so pretty and strong ships by consumption of hard and sweety smelling Cedar wood as main material brought from Toros Mountains. Toros Cedar had also been the most preferable type of wood in temple and palace contsructions. Thousands of trees cut on Toros Mountains and they had been transported from the port of Antalya to Islands of Aegean Sea and to Syria and Egypt.

The famous Cedar tree of Toros Mountains had been used in the construction of Suez Canal that has been opened to transportation in XIX. Century and also huge amounts of Cedar wood had been exported to U.S.A. for many years.

Antalya was in a very important position during the period of Seljuks. Because, the goods transported by trade ships come from Syria and Egypt had been generally brought to this port and they had been reshipped to Middle Anatolia Region. In 1182, Sultan 11. Kihg Asian, had wanted to take also this city after the conquest of Kiitahya. However, in 1207, Antalya have been conquered by Seljuks Empire as a result of the attacks accomplished by Giyaseddin Keyhusrev. Duing the period of Seljuks, especially in the years that Alaattin Keyubat had been on the throne, there had been constructed excellent buildings such as Yivli Minare (Ribbed Minaret), Kesik Minare (Cut Minaret), Mevlevihane (Mevlevi Lodge), Turbe (Grave) which are better than another. At the shore of Mediterranean Sea, having a temperate climate, Antalya has a dense tourist potential in each month of year. When it is being swam at the beaches, at the same time, it can be skied in Toros Mountains and it can be benifited from any kind of winter sports. Antalya is one of the leader tourism center of Turkey. As a result of the archeological excavations which have been carried out in ruins of Archaic settlements such as Perge, Termessos, Demre, Alanya and Side, very valuable archeological materials have been achieved to bring to light and they have being exhibited in Antalya museum.