Turkey

Attraction

Archaeological Site of Troy

Troy, an ancient city located in today’s northwestern Turkey, was seized by Spartan and Achaean warriors from Greece in the 13th or 12th century B.C. This historical fact was immortalized by Homer in the Iliad, which has served as an inspiration to artistic creations ever since. In the Greek myth, Paris, a prince of Troy, took the beautiful Helen of Sparta from her husband Menelaus, king of Sparta. The furious king then allied with other city-states in Greece to declare war on Troy. In order to attack the heavily fortified Troy, Odysseus thought of a subterfuge later known as “the Trojan horse”. A select force of Greek men hid inside an enormous wooden horse, and let the Trojans pull it into their city as a victory trophy. When night fell, the hidden Greek men crept out of the horse and opened the gates for the rest of the Greek army. It was the night when Troy was conquered.


Based on the excavation discoveries from the famous German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, there is a historical core to the ancient city and the war, which most scholars now accept. Whether the war was waged for the beautiful Helen is still open to imagination. The majestic city walls in the old days were reduced to ruins today. Yet, it is one of the world’s most well-known archaeological sites for its 4,000 years of history. The site is close to the coastal city Canakkale. It would make a fantastic Turkish night there after visiting the historical heritage.

Mount Ararat

Mount Ararat possesses a unique place in the hearts of many Christians. It was where Noah’s Ark finally rested after experiencing 40 days of the biblical flood. God sealed His promise with a rainbow in the sky, with peace and vitality returned to the earth. Armenia, the world’s first Christian country, has venerated Mount Ararat as a sacred mountain, and has it drawn on the country’s coat of arms. However, the lofty mountain with an altitude over 4,000m actually sits in the Ağrı Province, a Turkish province 32km away from Armenia. Still, Armenians see the mountain as their spiritual sustenance.


The “Ararat anomaly” is the boat-shaped object on the mountain. Some Christian believers claimed it as the remains of Noah’s Ark. In 2005, the Media Evangelism, a para-church organization in Hong Kong, was joined by the first Chinese research team to go for an investigation. Unfortunately, they didn’t get close enough to the legendary resting place of the ark. It was not until 2010 that an expedition team formed by Hong Kong and Turkish members climbed up the snow-capped Mount Ararat and searched for the ark’s remains in the glacier. They located the wooden structure, which was a significant discovery in history, and successfully made their way into it for studying. The expedition team believed that the discovery together with abundant evidence presented show that the wooden structure is the biblical Noah’s Ark. When visiting Mount Ararat, you may take your time to ponder the insights from the Bible, and pray for true peace to come.

Düden Waterfalls

Antalya is a renowned resort city distinguished by its yacht-filled Old Harbour and beaches flanked by hotels. On the outskirts of the city, there sits the spectacular Düden Waterfalls. It is Antalya’s famous landscape, and has been the locals’ ideal spot for a relaxing weekend for its delightful scenery and the verdant environs designed as a picnic area. The waterfalls also attract tourists who would like to experience the diversity of landscape in Turkey.


“Düden” means “a hole that swallows water sources” in Turkish. If you simply want to look at the waterfalls from a distance, you may take a boat trip setting off from the Antalya Old Harbour. Or you can stay close to the waterfalls by walking into nature to feel its power. There are Upper Düden and Lower Düden, of which the former consists of relatively more stunning sceneries. The waterfalls’ terrain connects numerous natural trails that sometimes may lead you to the caves, where you can have a view of the tremendous momentum of the running water. The waterfalls meet to form rapids, along which restaurants and open-air teahouses are established. There, visitors can savour delightful dishes while being embraced by the beauty and tranquillity of nature.

Cappadocia

Often seen on Turkey’s tourism promotion videos are colourful hot balloons flying above the bizarre rock formations. You would feel like your heart soar with those hot balloons as well. Cappadocia is where you can find this fairytale-like scenery.


Located in south-central Turkey, Cappadocia is home to 36 known underground cities. Christians who escaped to Cappadocia from religious persecution built their settlements underground with religious buildings such as churches and convents. You will be amazed by the Christians’ wisdom and sheer piety when visiting the Goreme Open Air Museum. The most impressive part about Cappadocia has to be its unique landscape - fairy chimneys. The giant, ice cream cone-like rock formations were created by the erosion of the relatively soft volcanic ash around them over time. To have a full picture of this extraordinary geological feature, flying to mid-air in a hot balloon would definitely be an excellent way. It may even feel like living a dream if you can have the morning light as the backdrop. Cappadocia is also a paradise for trekkers with diverse hiking trails. Delightful sceneries and valleys are along the way. After hiking to the sunset viewpoint, you can sip a drink at a café, and embrace the vivid masterpiece by nature in front of your eyes.

Pamukkale

Pamukkale’s check-in pictures showing snow-white travertine terraces, and thermal pools reflecting the blue sky are no strangers on your friends’ social media. The surreal Pamukkale truly is your dream destination to explore.


“Pamukkale”, literally “Cotton Castle” in Turkish, was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1988. This majestic “castle” is where nature assumed the role of an artist. The calcium in the limestone was transformed into snow-white rock formations after exposure to the sun. The cascade of pools was then formed after experiencing long-term weathering and chemical interactions with the minerals in the thermal pools. It resembles a magnificently energetic white waterfall when looking from a distance. When visiting Pamukkale, you can start off with a hot balloon ride to fully view this snow-white picturesque scenery from mid-air. Upon landing, take off your shoes, and step on the terraces of “cotton”. You can bath your feet in the limpid thermal pools, which feels as amazing as in paradise.