Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Ankara

Museum of Anatolian Civilisations

The superb Museum of Anatolian Civilisations is the perfect introduction to the complex weave of Turkey's ancient past, with beautifully curated exhibits housing artefacts cherry-picked from just about every signifi…
Top Choice Museum in Konya

Mevlâna Museum

For Muslims and non-Muslims alike, the main reason to come to Konya is to visit the Mevlâna Museum, the former lodge of the whirling dervishes. It's Celaleddin Rumi (later known as Mevlâna) that we have to thank for…
Top Choice Monument in Ankara

Anıt Kabir

The monumental mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881–1938), the founder of modern Turkey, sits high above the city with its abundance of marble and air of veneration. The tomb itself actually makes up only a smal…
Top Choice Tomb in Amasya

Tombs of the Pontic Kings

Looming above the northern bank of the river is a sheer rock face with the conspicuous cut-rock Tombs of the Pontic Kings. The tombs, cut deep into the limestone as early as the 4th century BC, were used for cult wo…
Top Choice Islamic Site in Sivas

Şifaiye Medresesi

Dating to 1218, this was one of the most important medical schools built by the Seljuks and was once Anatolia's foremost hospital. But it wasn't just built to help the sick. It was built to look good, and 800 years …
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Boğazkale, Hattuşa & Yazılıkaya

Hattuşa

The mountainous, isolated site of Hattuşa was once the capital of the Hittite kingdom, which stretched from Syria to Europe. At its zenith this was a busy and impressive city of 15,000 inhabitants with defensive wal…
Top Choice Museum in Amasya

Amasya Museum

This superb museum packs in beautifully laid out treasures from the Bronze Age and the Hittite, Pontic and Roman eras. Look out for the famous Statuette of Amasya, a bronze figure of the Hittite storm god Teshub. Th…
Top Choice Museum in Tokat

Tokat Museum

Tokat's impressive museum is housed within the beautifully restored Arastalı Bedesten (covered market). The collection packs in intricately decorated Bronze Age and Hittite artefacts, Phrygian ceramics, Hellenic jew…
Top Choice Museum in Konya

Tile Museum

Gorgeously restored, the interior central dome and walls of this former Seljuk theological school (1251) showcase some finely preserved blue-and-white Seljuk tilework. There is also an outstanding collection of cera…
Top Choice Islamic Site in Sivas

Çifte Minare Medrese

Commissioned by the Mongol-İlkhanid vizier Şemsettin Güveyni after defeating the Seljuks at the battle of Kosedağ, the Çifte Minare Medrese (1271) has a çifte (pair) of mighty minarets. In fact, that's about all tha…