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Things to do in Turkey

After checking into your hotel, make sure you allot some time to what you want to do while in Turkey. There are so many places to go in Turkey and things to do that it is a good idea to map out exactly where to start first. There are wonderful museums and art galleries all around the country and art aficionados are sure to fall in love with each one of them. A visit to Istanbul is sure to allow you to cross off several things on your must do list, including gazing upon the most famous historical monument in the city, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, which was erected under the emperor Justinian. Istanbul also features the most famous bazaar in the country, depicted in numerous cinematic movies.

Other places to visit in Turkey include the two World War I battle fields and the ruins of Aphrodisias in ancient Ephesus. The ancient tomb of Van is marked by a camel-shaped rock and the ancient site of Termessos gives visitors a glimpse into Turkey's past. Be sure to see the colorful Roman mosaics in Gaziantep, and travelers through Turkey will love the ancient Hittite sites in Hattusas.

If you would like to take in the natural beauty of Turkey, there are many attractions. Some must see destinations include: Nemrut Daği national park, the acclaimed long distance walking path, Lycian Way, and the ruins of Ani, a must see attraction whether you are into architecture or not.>

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