Turkey, Eastern Mediterranean
This is a country that spans two continents, (Europe and the larger part in Asia) playing a very important strategic role in the world. Turkey has a long and varied history, from the Neolithic Period, 7000 B.C., through the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, and Anatolia’s Dark Age, 700 – 490 B.C. During these times Turkey flourished, but soon things went dark. A close look at Turkey’s history fills volumes. The country is now 96% Muslim. Christianity was very important, and many locations mentioned in the New Testament still exist. Explore the Mediterranean coast, Lycia, Dereagzi’s Byzantine castle, mountainside ruins of Arykanda, Olympos, Yanartas, Andriake, the Kikov peninsula, Kale, Kalkan and Patara.
A city at the crossroads of history, it spans two continents, and many cultures, making Istanbul the place to visit. Old Town’s Sultan Ahmet Mosque (called the Blue Mosque for the tiles that cover it’s interior) built beginning in 1609 and completed in 1616. Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottomans for more than 400 years, built in the mid-1400s, features beautiful tile work. The Grand Bazaar was built in the 1460s and is still one of the largest covered markets in the world.
On the Bodrum peninsula, in Bodrum is the Mausoleum one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Castle of St. Peter, the Greco-Roman Theater, and one of Turkey’s prime yachting ports. This is also the place for nightlife.
Kusadasi is a resort town, with beautiful beaches, good restaurants and bars, nightlife, the Dilek National Park’s sandy beach. Try a Turkish bath. From here visit Ephesus, built in the 11th century. It is the best preserved ancient city in the Eastern Mediterranean. See the House of the Virgin Mary, the Basilica of St. John…..
The 80 km long narrow peninsula separates the Gulf of Gokova from the Gulf of Hisaronu. The town of Datca is located at it’s half-way point. There are olive groves, beaches, excellent cafes, and a very short trip takes you to the Greek islands. See the beach at Kargi, the ancient port of Knidos, and the restored ancient Old Datca.
“God sends his subjects to whom he wants to give long and healthy lives to Datça…” Strabon of Cappadocia (56BC – 21AD)