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Top Choice Ruins in Pamukkale

Hierapolis

Hierapolis' location atop Pamukkale's tourist-magnet travertines is quite spectacular, and the ruins of this ancient spa city are beautifully maintained. Founded as a curative centre around 190 BC by Eumenes II of P…
Top Choice Historic Site in Bursa

Muradiye Complex

Set in a shady park, this Ottoman-era complex incorporates a handsome medrese (seminary; 1426) and the equally handsome Sultan Murat II (Muradiye) Camii (also 1426), but its most interesting elements are the 13 impe…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Pamukkale

Travertines

The World Heritage–listed saucer-shaped travertines (or terraces) of Pamukkale wind sideways down the powder-white mountain above the village, providing a stunning contrast to the clear blue sky and green plains bel…
Top Choice Ruins in Pamukkale & Around

Afrodisias

Added to Unesco's World Heritage List in 2017, this remote site in the Anatolian hinterland trumps many of Turkey's ancient sites for its sheer scale and magical surrounds (Roman poplars, green fields and warbling b…
Top Choice Mosque in Bursa

Yeşil Camii

Built for Mehmet I, the Yeşil (Green) Camii was completed in 1422 and represents a departure from the previous, Persian-influenced Seljuk architecture that dominated Bursa. Exemplifying Ottoman stylings, it contains…
Top Choice Ruins in Lake District

Sagalassos

The sprawling ancient city ruins of Sagalassos, dating from 1200 BC, are set high amid the stark and jagged peaks of Ak Dağ (White Mountain). Rarely troubled by crowds or tour buses, Sagalassos makes a great day tri…
Top Choice Historic Site in Eskişehir

Odunpazarı

Eskişehir's protected heritage district is a real aesthetic treat. Elegant pastel-shaded traditional homes with distinctive overhanging stories and wood-framed shutters stand on narrow stone lanes, along with mosque…
Top Choice Turkish in Eskişehir

Avlu

Avlu restaurant should be your go-to spot if you're only in town for a night. Its hotel location within a beautifully restored Ottoman mansion in Eskişehir's Odunpazarı historic district is elegant; the kitchen turn…
Top Choice Mosque in Bursa

Ulu Camii

This enormous Seljuk-style shrine (1399) is Bursa's most dominant and durable mosque. Sultan Beyazıt I built it in a monumental compromise – having pledged to build 20 mosques after defeating the Crusaders in the Ba…
Top Choice Ceramics in Kütahya

Lalezar Çini

Housed in a beautifully restored Ottoman mansion, Lalezar Çini is the studio and showcase gallery for the Tek family, who recreate beautiful Iznik-style quartz ceramics from previous centuries and also craft more mo…