Turkey is a culmination of cultures, great civilizations and a breathtaking natural beauty. It is a paradise of sun, sea, mountains, and lakes. More than half of the places referred to in the Bible are located in modern day Turkey - from Noah's landing on Mt Ararat in the east and also the birth place of the Prophet Abraham, to the Aegean coast in the west where the Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her final mortal years and the Seven Churches of the Revelation were built. The Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians and Lydians, just to name a few, were all important civilizations in the Old Testament and have left remnants of their existence in Turkey.
In Turkey you can pursue in the footsteps of St Paul or simply relax on the golden Mediterranean sands of the beach. Vibrant Istanbul, straddling the blue waters of the Bosphorus separating Europe from Asia, beckons with its skyline pierced by countless minarets, chaotic bazaars and a history redolent with harem intrigue and despotic Sultans. Turkey also boasts more than 300 archaeological sites and numerous world heritage listed regions. Explore civilization through time, from the world's oldest city Catal Hoyuk, which is just south of Konya and also know for its whiling dervishes, the surreal rock-chimney landscape of Cappadocia to the renowned Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara. Absorb the giants such as, Troy, Ephesus, Pergamum, Miletus and Afrodisias and step back in time to eastern Anatolia which hosts some of the most ancient civilizations and settlements in the world.
Turkey has so much to offer the traveler with its, unique historical sites and the famous Turkish hospitality and there is no doubt that one visit will not be enough, and you will want to come back again and again as you discover one extraordinary place after another. All of them, no matter how different, have one thing in common: the friendly and hospitable people of this unique country