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Turkey gains two more World Heritage Sites

Turkey’s rich culture has been recognised at the latest UNESCO World Heritage Session, after the country was granted two new World Heritage Sites bringing its total number to 13.The first new Site in Turkey is the Birth of the Ottoman Empire at Bursa and Cumalıkızık in the southern Marmara Region....

Posted on 24 June 2014

Rough Guides includes holiday home hot spots in its ‘not to miss’ list for Turkey

Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, Turkey’s picturesque south-west coast, a walk between Ölüdeniz and Antalya, and a beach near Kalkan all feature as highlights of a visit to Turkey, according to the latest edition of the Rough Guide to Turkey. Situated inside the walled city of Istanbul, in the Faith district, the...

Posted on 25 March 2014

Istanbul’s British Connections

Many of the ten million or so visitors Istanbul attracts annually are lured by its long, exotic past. The soaring, mosaic-encrusted dome of the Haghia Sophia, surmounting what was once the greatest church in Christendom, is a reminder of a time when the city was the heart of the Byzantine...

Posted on 19 February 2014

Istanbul: A brief tale of many cities

Watching the visually stunning “Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities”, first screened on BBC 4 towards the end of 2013, makes for a better introduction than most to one of the world’s most compelling cities, Istanbul. Its presenter, the erudite historian and writer Simon Sebag Montefiore, is an engaging companion,...

Posted on 21 January 2014

How a Little Drink from Turkey (Izmir) Helped form the Modern World

The world is so connected nowadays, and we think we know pretty much everything about how the way of life we enjoy today emerged. I thought this, but then the other day I found out that Coffee, the drink so many of us enjoy around the world today, originated in...

Posted on 05 August 2011

Turkey Tourism: 2010 to be the Year of Patara

Patara in Turkey has ranked 4th in the TripAdviser top 5 World Destinations for 2010. Patara is known around the world for its 12 mile-long beach which has been made into a national park. The coastline at Patara has been an important piece of ground since Roman and Lycian times,...

Posted on 23 December 2009

Turkish Government Continues to Turn Turkey into International Influencer

The Turkish government will likely go down in history as one of the most adept at building and strengthening international relations and building the country's international presence. Erdogan has just returned from official meetings in Mexico and in Washington, where he met with the President. During the visit Erdogan secured...

Posted on 12 December 2009

Turkey Becoming Known as Force for Peace and Bridge Between West and East

Turkey's presence in the world is growing as it becomes known as force for change and peace within the region and a bridge between the Middle East's Muslim population and the western world. This is making the news now; with turkey reaching out to normalise relations with Armenia, with Obama...

Posted on 18 September 2009

Santa Claus is coming to town in Turkey

Saint Nicholas of Myra is the primary inspiration for the Christian figure of Santa Claus.  He was a 4th century Greek Christian bishop of Myra in Lycia, a province of the Byzantine Anatolia, now in Turkey.  Nicholas was famous for his generous gifts to the poor.  He was very religious...

Posted on 16 December 2008