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

Alanya Castle

When visiting Alanya it is hard to miss the massive fortifications that dominate the skyline. This fort, beautifully situated on the promontory overlooking the sea, is the goal of many hikers who got tired of the continuous sunbathing. Can the area of the fortress (tr. Alanya Kalesi), known in town simply as 'kale' (the castle), hide any secrets and little-known nooks and crannies? It is worth to set off on a hike, discover many interesting places and become enchanted by the stunning panorama that extends from the top of the castle hill.

The church of St. George from the Byzantine period - Inner Fortress in Alanya
The church of St. George from the Byzantine period - Inner Fortress in Alanya

Belevi Mausoleum

Belevi Mausoleum is a monumental tomb from the Hellenistic era that stands near Selçuk in the Aegean province of Izmir. It is the second-largest ancient mausoleum in Anatolia, slightly smaller than the most famous building of this type; that is the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. However, Belevi Mausoleum is much better preserved than one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Belevi Mausoleum
Belevi Mausoleum

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