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BLUE MOSQUE The Blue Mosque is an historical mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design. Besides being tourist attraction, it's also a active mosque, so it's closed to non worshippers for a half hour or so during the five daily prayers. There are three entrances to the mosque interior. The wealthy and colorful vista inside created by the paintings, tiles and stained glass complements the exterior view.
GRAND BAZAR The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and 5,000 shops, and attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. It is well known for its jewellery, hand-painted ceramics, carpets, embroideries, spices and antique shops. A dozen restaurants in the bazaar allow you to have lunch in the midst of your shopping. Besides the shops, it gives home to two mosques, two Turkish baths, fountains, multiple restaurants and cafes
HAGIA SOPHIA MUSEUM The only Church of Holy Wisdom which was not damaged is Hagia Sophia. There are two other churches, but both were completely destroyed. The architecture for the exterior and interior of Hagia Sophia was highly inspired from the style of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Blue Mosque. Research, repair and restoration work continues to this day and the Hagia Sophia is now an important site for tourism in Istanbul. It is a place that has been part of the cultural fabric of the city in both ancient and modern times.
Location Izmir is the third most populous city in Turkey, after Istanbul and Ankara and 2nd largest sea port. The city of Izmir is composed of several metropolitan districts. IZMIR CITY
Name Origin This ancient city was known as Smyrna until the Turkish Postal Service Law of 28 March 1930 made "Izmir" the internationally recognized name.
History The city is one of the oldest settlements of the Mediterranean basin
Culture Izmir prides itself with its busy schedule of trade fairs, exhibitions and congresses. The annual International Izmir Festival, which begins in mid-June and continues until mid-July, has been organized since 1987. During the festival, many world-class performers such as soloists and dance companies, rock and jazz groups have given recitals and performances at various venues in the city A visit to Izmir can not be complete without spending a few hours wandering round the Market Area of Kemer Alti. This is a bustling Bazaar where literally anything can be purchased. Night life in Izmir is lively and getting livelier all the time, you can find many modern Disco's and Night Clubs around all running till early morning.
CAPITAL CITY Ankara is the second crowded city in Turkey due to many advantages brought by being the capital. It became the capital city of Turkey in October 13,1923. There are good schools, hospitals, work opportunities, government buildings, commercial and industrial sites, etc.
TBMM The Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM)was founded in Ankara on 23 April 1920.
Ankara Ethnography Museum The Ethnography Museum of Ankara is a museum of ethnography dedicated to the cultures Turkish civilizations. The building was designed by architect Arif Hikmet Koyunoglu and was built between 1925 and 1928.The museum temporarily hosted the sarcophagus of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk from November 21, 1938 until November 10, 1953, during the period of the construction of An?tkabir its final resting place. In this museum, there is a fine collection of folkloric as well as Seljuk- and Ottoman-era artifacts.
State Art and Sculpture Museum State Art and Sculpture Museum This museum is close to the Ethnography Museum and houses a rich collection of Turkish art from the late 19th century to the present day. There are also galleries which host guest exhibitions.
CLIMATE Ankara has continental climate, with cold and snowy winters and hot, dry summers. If you come here in winter you need warm clothes!