Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Detailed Historical Turkey’s Ancient Structures

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Detailed Historical Turkey’s Ancient Structures

There are many things in the world that can fascinate you. However, looking at what Turkey has to offer, especially its architecture, you would be hard pressed to find anything as intriguing.

1. The Library of Celsus.

The library was built in honor of the then Roman senator Julius Celsus. The senator later died and was buried beneath the library just at the entrance. It was believed that the construction of the structure started at around 117 AD, and it took about 20 years to complete.

2. St. Peter's Castle (Bodrum Castle)

Built in the 14th century by the Knights of St John whose headquarters where on the island of Rhodes, as a further stronghold on the mainland in defence of an attack by the Seljuk Turks.

3. Amphitheatre in Miletus

Originally a Greek city on the western coast of Anatolia and considered one of the wealthiest and greatest ancient Greek cities. When constructed around 4th century BC the theatre could seat a mere 5,000 but then later renovated by the Romans to a larger capacity of around 25,000.

4. Basilica Cistern

Deep below the city of Istanbul there are hundreds of ancient cisterns designed to hold filtered water for many parts of the city, the largest of all being the Basilica Cistern, the roof is supported by 336 marble columns, reportedly built by over 7,000 slaves many of whom met their death working on the construction.

5. Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Built in the 1600's after the war with Persia the then sultan decided to build the mosque to reassert Ottoman power. The mosque is lined with over 20,000 handmade tiles and some of the finest hand carved marble sculptures.

With flights to Turkey ever more affordable the history and culture of this great empire are within easy reach of all budgets.

Flights to Istanbul start at around £120 per person, with the coastal resorts of Dalaman, Izmir, and Bodrum even cheaper during low season.

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