Rock Sites of Cappadocia and Goreme National Park in Turkey

Rock Sites of Cappadocia and Goreme National Park in Turkey

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Cappadocia is one of those rare places that must be experienced at least once in a lifetime with soaring rock formations, uniquely-rippled landscapes, splendid walking trails, mysterious underground cities and rock-cut churches. Millions of years ago violent eruptions of the volcanoes Mt. Erciyes and Mt. Hasan covered the surrounding plateau with tuff. Wind and weather have eroded the soft volcanic rock into hundreds of strangely shaped pillars, cones and fairy chimneys, in colors ranging from pink to green and yellow. Humans have settled in this area since the Bronze Age and have left their own mark on this weird and wacky moonscape by burrowing into the soft volcanic rock to live. The World Heritage property Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia is subject to legal protection in accordance with both the Protection of Cultural and Natural Resources and the National Parks.

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Ephesus – Exploring Ancient City

Ephesus – Exploring Ancient City

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The ancient city Ephesus is located in Selcuk, a small town 30km away from Kusadasi. The Greek city of Ephesus was famous for its Temple of Artemis, which was recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was built in the 10th century BC on the site of the former Arzawan capital by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists. The city flourished after it came under the control of the Roman Republic in 129 BC. According to estimates, Ephesus had a population of 33,600 to 56,000 people in the Roman period, making it the third largest city of Roman Asia Minor after Sardis and Alexandria Troas. A legendary city that housed many important names like Cleopatra, Mark Anthony, Augustus, St. Paul, Virgin Mary, John the Apostle… It is visited by over 2 million people each year.

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Mausoleum of Mustafa Ataturk in Ankara, Turkey

Mausoleum of Mustafa Ataturk in Ankara, Turkey

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The An?tkabir, crowning a prominent hill in the center of Ankara, is the Mausoleum of Kemal Atatürk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic. It was designed by architects Professor Emin Onat and Assistant Professor Ahmet Orhan Arda, whose proposal beat 48 other entries from several countries. It overs 700.000 square metres of land and includes a Peace Park, which contains plants from all parts of Turkey and the world. The construction of An?tkabir took nine years and spanned four stages, commenced on 9 October 1944 with the ceremony of laying the foundation stone.

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Family Portrait of G20 Leaders

Family Portrait of G20 Leaders

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Family portrait of G20 leaders during the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey. The 2015 G-20 Antalya summit was the tenth annual meeting of the G-20 heads of government. The members of the G20 are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.

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Rocky Landscape of Cappadocia, Turkey

Rocky Landscape of Cappadocia, Turkey

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Cappadocia caves are located near the city of Goreme, one of the most beautiful and characteristic locales in the Cappadocia region. The famous fairy chimneys and fantastic colorful shapes of the landscape, make this region a natural wonder of the world. Erosion shaped the incredible landscape of the Göreme valley, but thousands of years ago humans took a cue from Mother Nature and began carving an incredible chamber and tunnel complex into the soft rock. The World Heritage property Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia is subject to legal protection in accordance with both the Protection of Cultural and Natural Resources and the National Parks.

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