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Top 5 Undiscovered Tourist Places to Visit in Turkey

These are not the typical touristy stops in Turkey. This is serious traveling for serious travelers. If you are at all interested read on.

 

Turkey is fast becoming one of the most visited places in the east. With lots of tourist coming from Europe and America, the country is becoming a hot spot for diversity. And yet, if you are not OK with the crowds, the common things to do in turkey, and you have visited the Hagia Sophia, the Goreme, the library of Celsus, then stick around and I’m going to take you to the lesser known places in Turkey.

 

Bayezid II Complex

Bayezid II Complex

Bayezid II Complex

For those of us that love culture this is a must stop when you are traveling through the Marmara Region on the country. It is a complex which has a main mosque in the middle of a wide array of buildings. It was commission by the sultan Bayezid II. It was finished in 1488. This colossal complex is worth your way out of the beaten path with its very traditional Arabic architecture.

 

Seyh Zafir Complex

Seyh Zafir Complex

Seyh Zafir Complex

 

Located right in the middle of Istanbul it is often overlooked by tourists. This is a great opportunity for culture lovers to spend quality time with this great although small complex. The architecture is in the style of the old Ottoman Empire and consists of the tomb of Seyh Zafir, a library and a fountain.

 

The Ephesus terrace Houses

The Ephesus terrace Houses

The Ephesus terrace Houses

 

If you are traveling to the Hadrian Temple in the Agean region of Turkey, take a look at this beautiful Terrace houses. They date from the 1 to the 7 century; they are a group of six houses that were built during the Roman period. They are important because it is a window to how people actually lived back in the first couple of centuries. There are very few of these left in the world, so come and take a look.

 

The Cakiraga Mansion

The Cakiraga Mansion

The Cakiraga Mansion

 

This is one of the hidden gems that everybody should know about. This is a real 3 story mansion built in the late 1700 and it is still one of the best conserved examples of urban Ottoman architecture. After its restoration in the 70s it was open to the public in 95. The ceilings and walls are all decorated with traditional Ottoman art with bright colors and intricate patterns.

 

Yazilikaya Eskisehir

Yazilikaya Eskisehir

Yazilikaya Eskisehir

 

In Eskisehir province in the central Anatolia region of Turkey you’ll find the archeological remains of an inscription mentioning the fabled King Midas. If this is not enough to guarantee that you’ll grave one of those cheap flights to turkey, I don’t know what will. This is one of the only mentions of the king in stone. The inscription is in the old Phrygian language and probably dates from the 7th or 6th century BCE. It was excavated by the French before World War II and later by Turkish archeologist. It was wrongly identified as King Midas tomb, but now we know it is not a tomb at all.

 

Well there you have it, if you want to experience Turkey without experiencing turkey tourism, go to any one of these places.