Turkish Night is an evening of dinner, drink, and dance. Accompanied by live music, guests will be treated to traditional folk dances from different parts of Turkey. There’s a belly dancer, a wedding ceremony, and a whirling dervish interpretation among others.
It’s easy to see why Cappadocia’s terrain is ideal for exploring on horseback. According to our guide, the horses know this terrain very well. Cappadocia after all, stems from the ancient Hittite word katpatuka, which means “land of the beautiful horses”.
Together with the moonscape of Cappadocia and the Ottoman charm of Istanbul, these calcium travertines are the main reason why we chose Turkey for our 10th wedding anniversary.
We had already visited Ephesus, Hierapolis, and Laodicea before this leg of our Turkey trip and Aphrodisias for me was the most impressive. It isn’t as grand as Ephesus, but it’s easily the most beautiful.
An ancient city, Laodicea was built by King Antiochus II in honor of his wife Laodice around 260 BC. That makes it almost 2,300 years old.
Referred to as the “Underground Pamukkale”, Kaklik Cave is a lesser known destination that boasts the same travertine structures as its more famous neighbor, except they’re smaller and found inside a cave.
Once the third largest city in Roman Asia Minor and its most prominent seaport, much of Ephesus may lie in ruin today but the structures that are intact — like the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre — will leave you in awe.
With no body of water in sight and little more than a pile of rocks to inspire fantasy, it was hard to imagine it as the thriving seaport it once was. Which is why I think a visit to the Ephesus Archaeological Museum in Selçuk is a must.
Visit the Basilica of St. John & İsabey Mosque — Monuments to Faith on Ayasuluk Hill in Selçuk, Turkey
Like any visitor to Ephesus, the Selçuk leg of our Turkey trip was all about ancient history. Centuries of it in fact — from classical Greece to the Roman empire to the advancement of early Christianity and the Byzantine and Turkish eras.
Meaning “Mother Mary’s House” in Turkish, Meryem Ana Evi is said to be the last house where the Virgin Mother lived before Her Assumption (Catholic) or Dormition (Orthodox).