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Every year, press releases about a new discovery or a planned excavation dig gains immense attention across the Internet.

The huge amount of historical places to visit in Turkey can be credited to the fact that the country sits on the edge of ancient Mesopotamia, that is often referred to as the birthplace of civilization, so it is not a surprise that many empires have conquered, ruled, and lost their reign of the region.

I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the Roman terraced houses that belonged to wealthy citizens, the Celsus library that was the third largest in the ancient world, and the Grand Theatre where the rioters of Artemis ganged up on Saint Paul.

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So this article is about my favourite historical places in Turkey but there is still so many that I am yet to visit so I have teamed up with my friend Yuksel Tasdemir, who lives in the neighbouring resort of Kusadasi.As a travel guide and Turkey tours agency owner, he has amassed a wealth of information regarding Turkish history and when he is not jetting off around the world, promoting the country in travel fairs, he is more than happy to indulge in my passion for this travel niche. First place undoubtedly has to go to Istanbul because it was the capital-ruling centre of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and many of their former buildings still stand today.Ask me to write a recipe for a Turkish food dish or pen an article about some ancient ruins and the ruins will always win.Perhaps my fevered enthusiasm is because the number of historical places to visit in Turkey runs into thousands, scattered from the east to the west, and that is only the ones that the archeologists, excavators, and university professors know about.If you visit Ephesus, stay overnight trip, and also take a slight detour to see the…

Anyone who knows their stuff might be surprised to see Gobeklitepe on the list, because not only it is in the southeast of Turkey where very few tourists venture but also because excavations are in the earlier stages and historians are still deciphering the artefacts and ancient structures.Around the corner is the Topkapi Palace, first home of the Ottoman dynasty when they invaded Constantinople in 1453.Nearby is the Basilica Cistern, Istanbul Archeological Museum and further afield is the Grand Bazaar, Galata Tower, and Suleymaniye Cami, the biggest mosque in Turkey.However, please do not think I am a number snob because more importantly, it is the extensive work that has gone into restoring much of them to their original appearance that should be admired.I haven’t visited many other countries but I’m willing to bet that Turkey has some of the best quality ancient sites of the modern world.Should the initial findings also be correct, it presents many inaccuracies in religious studies and the beginning of humankind.