It is difficult to talk about the most beautiful or great cities in Turkey because every city has its own beauty. Turkey is a touristic country with ancient histories, delicious foods, a peaceful and respectful culture, and various types of traditions. If you come to Turkey, you will see the beauty of living peacefully and together with all other people from different ethnicity and race. But of course, every city has different features also
In this article, I wanted to talk about the Popular cities in Turkey.
Istanbul is a city known for its great history, charming Bosporus, high population. Let’s look a bit deeper to learn more about the city.
Istanbul is one of the oldest cities in Turkey and the world, was the capital city of the Roman Empire between the years of 330-395, the Byzantine Empire between the years of 395-1204, the Latin Empire between the years of 1204-1261, the Byzantine Empire again between the years of 1261 and 1453, and finally the Ottoman Empire between the years of 1453-1922.
Besides, Istanbul became the center of the Islamic world in 1517, when the Caliphate passed to the Ottoman Empire, until 1924 when it was abolished. While you are traveling around Istanbul is possible to bump into a historical place even though it’s one of the magnificent cities in Turkey. Because walking in Istanbul is like time travel. Every place has its own story and its own texture. One of the most popular says about Istanbul belongs to Napoleon. Napoleon once said, “If the world was only one country, Istanbul would be its capital!”
Bosphorus, or Bosporos, as it is known historically, is the strait and international waterway that separates the Asian and European continents and connects the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea. It is amazing to see the Bosphorus divides Istanbul into two as the European Side and the Anatolian Side. As I said before Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities in Turkey. You can find the unbelievably beautiful restaurant view for dinner. Because of view, lots of poets, songs, and films mentioned Istanbul. Lots of known people visited the city and mesmerized. After the visit of the world as known writer, politician, and bureaucrat François-René de Chateaubriand said “People were right when they say there is no other place on earth as beautiful looking as Istanbul.”
The population of Istanbul 2020 is around 16 billion, according to estimated data and this is one of the reasons that Istanbul is one of the biggest cities in Turkey. And with this feature, Istanbul is one of the highest populated city in the world. A big amount of the Turkish population lives in Istanbul because Istanbul has so much work and education opportunities than the other city, but binds the population Istanbul known as a living city. All places stay open till the late nights. If you are living in this city you will never feel alone because Turkish people also so warm-blooded, friendly and loves having fun. So it is almost impossible to feel bored or lonely.
Ankara is a city that stays behind Istanbul even though it is the capital of Turkey. Ankara has quality restaurants and cafes and respectable universities and with these features, Ankara is known as the second great cities in Turkey. Besides these, all the governmental areas are here. If you visit Istanbul do not leave before visiting Anıtkabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk, founder of the Turkish republic.
In the entrance of Anıtkabir, there is a special road name is Lion Road, built to prepare visitors for Ataturk's supreme presence, the 262 m. There are 24 lion statues in a seated position on both sides of the long road. Due to the importance Ataturk attached to Turkish and Anatolian history, the lion statues, made in the artistic style of the Hittites who established civilization in Anatolia, represent strength and tranquility.
Ataturk's beloved body is located in a grave dug directly into the ground, on the ground floor of the mausoleum. The tomb room, located right under the symbolic sarcophagus stone on the first floor of the mausoleum, has an octagonal plan in Seljuk and Ottoman architectural style. Its ceiling is decorated with mosaics with geometric motifs.
You can also learn lots of historical stories in this place, which is terrific worthy for Turks. It is clear that all of the cities in Turkey city has its own special features.
It is the farm that pioneered Turkish agriculture, established in 1925 in the west of the second biggest city, Ankara. Inside the Farm, there is a swimming pool, zoo, playground, and restaurants. The farm cooperates with a milk factory, wine, and juice factories.
In the Hamamonu, you can start the day with a delicious breakfast, then taste Ottoman sherbet in its coffee houses. You can find some traditional street food here. You may come across people selling paste and corn in the streets. Hamamonu offers numerous opportunities for those who want to learn about the history of Ankara.
The authentic atmosphere makes the Hamamonu one of the most visited points of the city through to the activities organized during the month of Ramadan.
If you choose to go to Hamamonu during this period, you can have the opportunity to watch the entertainment which happens in terms of the Ottoman Empire, talk programs and events with different themes. Ankara was as one of the important cities in Turkey even in the Ottoman Empire term. After completing your Hamamonu tour, you can go to the Kale region and visit the museums around the Horse Market.
ızmir is the third atrraction points among the cities in Turkey. In these three Izmir is popular with the summer holiday feature. But I can easily say that İzmir is beautiful in every season. Also because the city is border on the Mediterranean Sea you can find delicious seafood restaurants frequently in the city.
If someone goes to the Izmir just for one day she should go to Kordon Street. With the Deep blue sea, the race of seagulls, and ferry voices Kordon Street is one of the oldest streets in Izmir. The view of Kordon Street will amaze you anytime you visit. The Municipality building is built in the Ottoman Empire term and it is a popular figure on Kordon Street. If you like to ride a bike, riding a bike on this street is a lovely experience, and do not need to take your bike with you. You can rent from the bikes that belong to the municipality.
Calcium is the most tourist place in Izmir. Every summer population quintuple increase for the reason for the foreign and local tourists. And the end of the summer it goes back to normal because these people use their houses just in the summer term. Cesme is a magical place that the people who are living there calmly. İnstead of the Metropole life and even though it is one of the unique citie in Turkey Izmir is the dream place with the beaches, restaurants, bars, and sports activities. Because of the wind that Cesme takes it’s one of the best windsurf and sail surface.
Ephesus Ancient City, located in Selcuk district, is an Izmir classic and on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List, BC. The ancient city of Ephesus, which was established in 3.000 BC, is one of the richest cities of its period with its Celsus Library, Hadrian Temple, Skolastika Bath, Marble Street, Temple of Artemis, and the amphitheater. Ephesus Ancient City is visited by 1.5 million tourists every year. And with all these features Izmir keeps the feature of being one of the Great cities in Turkey.