Northern and Middle Aegean Coast
Turkey is a crossroads for Asia and Europe and as such has become a melting pot of cultures over the centuries. The country's amazing history is the modern traveler's gain; there are a number of different styles within the country's borders, especially in its major cities Ankara and, of course, Istanbul.
Istanbul, once the capital of Christianity in its former incarnation as Constantinople, features numerous nods to its ensemble past with Roman aqueducts along with palaces and houses of worship from the Byzantine and Ottoman eras. Among its endless unforgettable sights are Topkapi, a magnificent Ottoman palace; the six minarets of the Blue Mosque; the Aya Sophia; the Grand Bazaar; and the Kariye Camii.
Ankara is emerging in its vibrancy and modern feel despite roots that date back centuries. The city's museums and homes bear reminders of its Hittite and Neolithic ancestors. The great mausoleum of Anitkabir and the towering Atakule are key markers in the Ankara cityscape. Travel outside the city and you'll find Kutahya, an old city known for its ceramics; Isparta, overrun with rose gardens; and the lake district, a sumptuous, green area with bands of freshwater and saltwater lakes.
Other places of interest include the Monastery of the Black Virgin at Sumala, one of the oldest in existence. The Greek Orthodox structure is built into the side of Mela Mountain on a high cliff, and according to legend was built by two monks after witnessing a vision of the Virgin Mary in a nearby cave.
The cottages we offer are just the tonic for the weary traveler when your energy level runs low and it's time to relax. Each Turkish cottage is unique, yet each provides all the comforts you expect in a well-equipped vacation home.
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