Cappadocia’s hot air balloons attract 437,500 tourists; Yenisafak

Hot balloon ride in Turkey’s splendid touristic hub Cappadocia generates $86M revenue in January-September…

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AP PHOTOS: Sunset on Turkey’s massive stone heads; Emrah Gurel; AP

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Visitors snap photos of massive stone heads that stare down on them from the summit of Mount Nemrut, in Turkey’s southeastern Adiyaman province, their faces illuminated by sunset lighting. Perched at an altitude of 2,150 meters (over 7,000 feet), the statues are part of a temple and tomb complex that King Antiochus I, of the ancient Commagene kingdom, built as a monument to himself. A 50 meter (164-foot) -high, man-made mound _ the presumed tomb of Antiochus _ sets the background. Son of the founder of the Commagene kingdom, Antiochus reigned between 64 and 38 BC, until he was deposed by the Romans.

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Clouds and fog drift over Selimiye Mosque; Hurriyet Daily News

An aerial view of northwestern Edirne province shows clouds and fog drifting around the famous Selimiye Mosque, on Oct. 2.

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The mesmerising ultramarathon you need to add to your bucket list; Steve Thomas; SCMP

The Cappadocia Ultra Trail weaves in and out of fairy-tale chimney rock formations and incredible valleys…

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Reclaiming our Ancient Heritage: Portasar (Göbekli Tepe); Adriana Tchalian; The Armenian Mirror-Spectator

During Adriana Tchalian’s first visit to Armenia, she expected to find a rugged and muscular terrain, given the steady diet of cliched images she had consumed over the years of one very famous, snow-capped mountain range. What she found instead was a mild and feminine landscape where ribbons of…

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Autumn arrives in Ani, the cradle of civilizations; Daily Sabah

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Troy tourist hotspot since ancient era; Hurriyet Daily News

Excavations in the ancient city of Troy, which is located in the northwestern province of Çanakkale and considered one of the important areas of archaeological studies in the world, have revealed that the region was a favorite of tourists 2,500 years ago, too.

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Turkey’s most underrated experience: mountain biking in Cappadocia; Sofia Levin; The Journal

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Ancient price list undergoing restoration; Aydin; Hurriyet Daily News

A nearly 2,000-year-old edict setting price limits for goods and services in the ancient city of Aphrodisias is undergoing restoration. The edict, engraved on the front of the basilica wall, will soon be on display…

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Göbeklitepe ready for hot air balloon flights; Hurriyet Daily News

In the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, the first hot air balloon took off in Göbeklitepe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is described as the “zero point in history.”

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The Troy of Legend Now Thought to Be Much Older; Phil Butler; Argophilia

Recent excavations at the city of Troy of Legend the Çanakkale province of Turkey reveal a much older history than previously thought.

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Useful tips to make most out of Turkey package tour; Kim Hyun-Bin; Korea Times

Some people prefer planning their own trips abroad starting from booking their plane ticket and hotels and setting up detailed timetables on which destinations to explore. But for people who don’t want to bother dealing with all the hassle and want everything planned out, a package tour might be the best option, especially for a large country like Turkey, where key cities and attractions are hundreds of kilometers apart.

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Troy: Full-Day Tour from Istanbul; Get Your Guide

Explore the legendary ancient city of Troy on a full-day tour from Istanbul. Learn about Trojan mythology and see the ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage site, as you walk in the footsteps of Achilles, Hector, Helen, and Paris.

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Enamored with ephesus; Edu Jarque; Philstar.com

After the hot air balloons of Cappadocia and the mighty Bosphorus in Istanbul, you wonder if Turkey has exhausted its wonders. Far from it! by Edu Jarque

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Turkey’s thermal paradise; Anadolu Agency

Pamukkale, one of southwest Turkey’s oldest tourist attractions, hosted some 70,000 local and foreign tourists over five days of celebration during the Muslim religious holiday of Eid al-Adha.

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More Chinese drawn to Turkey’s ancient Gobeklitepe; TourExpi

‘Chinese tourists were mostly going to Cappadocia, but now we have included Gobeklitepe,’ says Ankara envoy in Beijing.

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Cappadocia visitors up 27% in July; Anadolu Agency

Cappadocia, one of Turkey’s most attractive tourist destinations, saw nearly 27% rise in its visitor number in July compared to last year, according to a local data.

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Visiting Turkey, UK MPs awed by world’s oldest temple; Yeni Safak

British Conservative Party deputies advise all people to visit ancient Göbeklitepe in southeastern Turkey…

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Göbekli Tepe, the oldest known temple in the world; EFE

At roughly 12,000-years-old, Göbekli Tepe in southeast Turkey is quite possibly the oldest temple in the world and harks back to an era when humans first started to cultivate crops and domesticate animals…

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10D8N Turkey Itinerary: Discover the Heritage of City Ruins, Ancient Mosques and More!; Jean Wong; TripZilla

Eat, shop and travel in Turkey to your heart’s content!

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