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Find out what to see and do when travelling or backpacking around Turkey.

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Istanbul, Turkey
The largest city in Turkey and situated on the Bosphorus, Istanbul is the meeting point of European and Asian cultures. There is a wealth of ancient architecture to see, with the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods are all represented through sights such as the Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. As well as the ancient sights, Istanbul is also a thriving modern city with many great bars, restaurants and galleries to visit.
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Ankara, Turkey
Ankara is the capital of Turkey and home to numerous tourist attractions. Amongst the must-sees are the many archaeological remains such as the Citadel, Roman Baths & Theatre and the Temple of Augustus. Other impressive sights include the Mausoleum of the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, and the modern Atakule tower.
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Pamukkale, Turkey
Situated in South-Eastern Turkey, Pamukkale is an ancient spa town where visitors can benefit from relaxing in the mineral-rich hot springs. Literally meaning 'Cotton Castle', Pamukkale consists of natural pools and shelves made from calcium carbonate which cover the hillside overlooking the town. Another sight worth seeing nearby is the Roman amphitheatre of Hierapolis.
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Gallipoli, Turkey
The Gallipoli Peninsula is best known as the site of numerous First World War battles and visitors to the region can see the three battlegrounds and various memorials to both Turkish and Allied forces. Other places to visit in this area include Gelibolu Milli Park and the ancient fortress of Kilitbahir.
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Bodrum, Turkey
Bodrum is one of Turkey's major tourist destinations and is situated on the Southern Aegean coast. Many tourists visit for the beaches and nightlife but there is also a variety of ancient sites including Bodrum castle, Bodrum amphitheatre and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.
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Ephesus, Turkey
Near to the town of Selcuk on the Aegean coast, the Roman city of Ephesus was the second largest city of the Roman Empire. Now the largest collection of Roman ruins in the eastern Mediterranean, there are numerous sights to see, including the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Artemis, the Odeon and the Basilica of St. John.
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