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Aegean Region

Aegean Region is located in the west part of Turkey, surrounded by Aegean Sea on the west, Marmara Region on the north, Mediterranean Region on the south and Central Anatolia Region on the east. Turkey's Aegean coast is beautiful, historic and agriculturally rich. While the archeologists can explore the remains of a 5000-year old ancient civilization, the Nature lovers and photographers can have their full satisfaction in the form of picturesque surroundings and lovely landscapes.

Güzelcamli of Kusadasi

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Güzelcamli of Kusadasi

Güzelcamli, with its unspoiled natural beauty, numerous sandy beaches and warm waters, stretches 23 kilometres southwest of Kusadasi. The town has been inhabited by many different civilizations and was a particularly important site during the Ionian period.

Dilek Peninsula National Park

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Dilek Peninsula National Park

The Dilek Peninsula National Park, known locally as Milli Park, offers a haven of peace and serenity away from the bustle of the city. On the way to the National Park you will find a large farm with many sorts of birds, sheep and many horses.

Bafa Lake

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Bafa Lake

Bafa Lake is situated in southwest Turkey, part of it within the boundaries of Milas district of Muğla Province and the northern part within Aydın Province's Soke district, approx. 30 km from Didim. 

Kyzikos - Greeks from Miletus founded this colony!

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Kyzikos - Greeks from Miletus founded this colony!

To expand their trading activities, Greek settlers from Miletus moved to many new regions, including the ancient Mysian landscape, which corresponds to the modern Balız near Erdek in the province of Balıkesir.

Balıkesir - between Marmara and Aegean Resorts

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Balıkesir - between Marmara and Aegean Resorts

Balıkesir, with about 315.000 inhabitants, is situated between the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean Sea, i. e. between the towns of Istanbul and Izmir in the province of Balıkesir. The town covers an area of 14,500 m² and, with its 1.5 million inhabitants, it is one of the 20 largest of the 81 provinces of Turkey.

Holy City - the Ancient Hierapolis

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Holy City - the Ancient Hierapolis

The ruins of ancient Hierapolis follow the 1200 metre long and 6 metre wide road which is lined with columns all over the travertine terraces of Pamukkale from north to south.

Laodicea: mentioned in the New Testament

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Laodicea: mentioned in the New Testament

Many of the ancient sites we visited in Turkey are closely related to the history of Christian development and are explicitly mentioned in the Bible in this respect, as it is the case with Laodicea.

Laodicea at the Lycos near Pamukkale next to Denizli

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Laodicea at the Lycos near Pamukkale next to Denizli

The founding of Laodicea probably dates back to King Antiochus II, who had built the new town between 261 and 253 BC on the old site of Diospolis and named it after his wife Laodicea.

Pamukkale - The Cotton Castle

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Pamukkale • The Cotton Castle

Pamukkale (Hierapolis) is both, a magical and spectacular natural site, unique in the world and with its ancient ruins it is perhaps the most attractive spot for tourists.

The imposing Temple of Artemis at Sardes

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The imposing Temple of Artemis at Sardes

The ancient city of Sardes next to Izmir was once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia, whose founding, accordingly to the records of Herodot, goes back to the dynasty of Herakleids that saw themselves as descendants of Hercules.

Ski on Bozdag and vist to Lake Gölcük

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Ski on Bozdag and vist to Lake Gölcük

Together with our friends Tony and Linda we decided for a short spring trip from Izmir that would take us to the Bozdağ ski resort just little outside the city of Izmir.

Sardes at Mount Tımulus -ancient Roman City

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Sardes at Mount Tımulus

The ancient city of Sardis, which was known as the capital of the Kingdom of Lydia, is situated near the present day village of Sart in the province of Manisa. The remains are located on either side of the Ankara - Izmir highway 85 kilometres east of the major city of Izmir.

Torba - once home to the Mediterranean monk seal

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Torba - once home to the Mediterranean monk seal

On the north-eastern coastline along the Bodrum peninsula lies the small town of Torba, well hidden in a charming little bay that offers protection and is only 6 kilometers from the city center of Bodrum.

Turgutreis - naming follows the legend of Turgut Reis

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Turgutreis - naming follows the legend of Turgut Reis

Turgutreis, a small town on the west coast of the Bodrum peninsula, is probably just known for its most famous inhabitant, the pirate and later admiral of the Ottoman fleet, Turgut Reis. The naming of the town is at least based on his person.

Gümbet and Aquarium - clear waters invite guests

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Gümbet and Aquarium - clear waters invite guests

Gümbet stretches to the west of Bodrum and there is just a distance of about 3 kilometres between the centre of Bodrum and Gümbet. The region developed rapidly and became an alternative entertainment centre to Bodrum.

Ancient Theatre Bodrum

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Ancient Theatre Bodrum

The theatre is located on the road to Turgutreis. It has an audience capacity of 13.000. The stage area has been excavated and the seats have been restored. On the slopes above the theatre are rock tombs belonging to the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

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