Priene

The ruins of the Ionian city of Priene are picturesquely situated on a slope of Mykale mountain. They provide a spectacular lookout point over the plain where the river Meander winds its way to the Aegean Sea. Priene also offers an excellent practical lesson in archeology and history. The main conclusion of the visit in Priene, combined with a cursory reading of literature devoted to this city, is: nothing here is obvious. The original name of the city was, Kadme, it was founded by Karians, and it was situated in a different location on the shores of the Aegean Sea.

The Temple of Athena Polias in Priene
The Temple of Athena Polias in Priene

Broken Minaret in Antalya

The building now known as the Broken Minaret (tr. Kesik Minare) hides more secrets that one might have expected. This characteristic structure of an actually broken minaret belongs to the ruined Korkut Mosque (tr. Korkut Camii). The history of this building is an excellent illustration that offers a better understanding of the turbulent history of Antalya.

Broken Minaret in Antalya
Broken Minaret in Antalya

Church of the Evil Eye (El Nazar Kilise) in Göreme

Just a short walk from the most famous churches in Göreme open-air museum stands the forgotten church of the Evil Eye. It has been beautifully restored and is now guarded by a custodian who adapted a nearby rock into a stone house. A visit to the church is a nice respite from the crowds, and at the same time - an opportunity to see wonderful Byzantine frescoes. Here, nobody will pay attention as you take a few photos, but remember that the flashlight is harmful to these 10-century-old works of art.

Church of the Evil Eye (El Nazar Kilise) in Göreme
Church of the Evil Eye (El Nazar Kilise) in Göreme

Museum Pass cards for foreign travelers in Turkey

Müzekart system has existed in Turkey for a long time, offering cheaper access to museums and archaeological sites. Unfortunately, Müzekart system has only been offered to the citizens of Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, as well as foreigners with residence permits in Turkey and international students with valid ID cards issued by Turkish universities. For this reason, the usefulness of Müzekart system is negligible for foreign tourists. Fortunately for some time now the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism has been systematically extending an offer of Museum Pass cards, aimed at overseas travelers.

Museum Pass Cappadocia point of sale
Museum Pass Cappadocia point of sale

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