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Spending New Year’s Eve in Turkey…

Istiklal Caddesi, Istanbul

isn’t that a good idea? There are many alternatives to welcome the arrival of the new year under the best auspices.

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Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia

Goreme Valley

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A cave church in Cappadocia among others, one of Gülşehir

The Church of St. John

     A couple miles from Nevsehir Airport to Cappadocia lies Gülşehir, a small town that has two little-known attractions, including a church in all beauty.

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Cappadocia, an unique region of Turkey


          If you are sensitive to the beauties of nature combined with those created by the hand of man, the Cappadocia region of Turkey located in central Anatolia, is certain to dazzle and surprise you. Read the rest of this entry »

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The UNESCO list of World Heritage places in Turkey

The UNESCO list of World Heritage places has 11 locations from Turkey. In 1994, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee launched the Global Strategy for a Representative, Balanced and Credible World Heritage List. Its aim is to ensure that the World Heritage List reflects the world’s cultural and natural diversity of outstanding universal value. Eleven properties in Turkey have been listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Two of these properties are listed as mixed (Natural & Cultural) Heritage, the rest as cultural only.

  • UNESCO’s Natural and Cultural Heritage properties in Turkey
    • Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia
    • Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  • UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage properties in Turkey
    • Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği
    • Historic Areas of Istanbul
    • Hattusha: the Hittite Capital
    • Nemrut Dağ
    • Xanthos-Letoon
    • City of Safranbolu
    • Archaeological Site of Troy
    • Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex
    • Neolithic Site of Çatalhöyük
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The Dark Church in the Goreme Open Air museum

The Goreme Open Air Museum in Cappadocia which is classified as World Heritage by Unesco, is the main point of visiting this unique part of Turkey.
Upon opening, the site is invaded by thousands of tourists from around the world and if you are alone, it is better to come in mid-afternoon when the groups are gradually leaving the site.
The monastery contains an impressive number of chapels and churches, and a stunning beauty, Karanlik Kilise, “the Dark Church”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cavusin, a beautiful village in Cappadocia

The village of Çavuşin is worth a look. It is just 2 miles north of Göreme, the most famous tourist attraction in Cappadocia.
It is easy to get there is by taking the main road from Göreme to Avanos, or to hike along Güllüdere Vadisi “Rose Valley”, a pleasant path parallel to the main road. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hot Air Balloons, Cappadocia

Hot Air Balloons Cappadocia Turkey

Photograph by Kani Polat, My Shot

This photo was selected as best of September 2011 by National Geographic.

The success of a photograph almost always comes from planning, and luck definitely favors the prepared. In this shot of hot air balloons over ancient rock formations in Turkey, the photographer no doubt planned ahead to make sure he was in the right place at the right time. First, the cone-shaped rock formations complement the similarly shaped balloons. I especially love that one larger formation is included on the left. Not only is it a bold shape to have close to the camera, but it also has a curious, cave-like element and speaks to the geological history of the setting, giving the image that all-important sense of place. Second, the early-morning light raking in from the right is perfectly lovely, as are the soft clouds, which were a lucky element. Finally, the balloons are beautifully placed across the sky, but the red balloon in the upper left of the frame is the final, key element to the success of the image.— Catherine Karnow

Photo Tip: Planning ahead is essential to getting successful photographs: Be in the right place at the right time, and be ready for a lucky moment.
via National Geographic
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