Turkey is rich with amazing natural wonders, grand cities and original villages, fertile mounty plains and azure sea coasts. Due to its convenient location between Europe and Asia, Turkey has always played a unique role in the universal geography, history, and commerce. For many centuries the fertile peninsula called Anatolia, or Asia Minor, has served as a bridge between the two continents. Centuries of migration to this fertile land have left us with an unprecedented mix of cultures, incredible history and plenty of cultural and architectural relics to enjoy.
Turkey’s history begins in ancient times, and many important events in the world’s chronology have taken place here.
The Trojan War took place on the territory of modern Turkey. This is the place where the classic Hellenic culture and art were born, where the famous Greek philosophers, scientists and artists lived and created.
Anatolia once was a large Roman province, and even today we can see the magnificence of the Ancient Rome with our own eyes. The ancient city of Ephesus was one of the largest Roman cities, second only to Rome itself. This land witnessed St. Paul’s sermons as he traveled to the seven Asian churches. St. Paul himself had been born in Tarsus, a town on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Did you know that Our Lady spent her last days in a small hut near Ephesus, and that this fact is confirmed by Vatican? Or that St. John had written his Gospel in Ephesus? Or that Santa Claus, however strange that may seem, lived in what today is Turkey? Or that two of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus – were also located here?!
Take a stroll down the ancient town streets, feel the warmth of Pamukkale’s thermal springs – the favourite resort of the ancient Romans, investigate the fantastic landscape of Cappadocia – where the first Christians had built their underground cities and monasteries! After that, rejuvenate your body in Turkish sauna and taste the Turkish kebab and fresh seafood, or the great variety of cold snacks – for they do not say in vain that there are only three really rich cuisines: French, Turkish and Chinese!
Imagine a country whose history counts thousands of years, where the mysterious East, natural beauty and the joys of modernity blend together and become a part of everyday life! And now imagine just how interesting and magical the centre of this merging must be - Istanbul, the only city in the world that spans two continents, with its glittering and sparkling gem, the Bosphorus Strait. Three great empires - Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman – ruled the world from this city and each left behind a unique cultural heritage. Modern-day Istanbul is an open-air museum where history textbooks come to life – wherever you go, you see historical monuments, churches, mosques, synagogues and palaces.
Istanbul is a modern city with a breathtaking pace of life. It marches on into the future following the footsteps of the past. Historical and cultural heritage, magnificent modern hotels, restaurants, night clubs, cabarets, ancient bazaars and shops, international congresses and festivals – all these are the reasons why Istanbul a world-known touristic destination.