Turkey has a rich heritage dating back thousands of years ranging from contemporary modern through to ancient ruins. Istanbul is the main film production centre and all must travel from there.
Turkey is a huge country that borders Greece, Bulgaria, Syria, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Georgia and Armenia. So it’s no surprise it can offer a variety of climates and locations including stunning beaches, exotic islands, spectacular mountains, deserts and diversified forests. The popularity of Turkey works at two levels. Firstly, it can mimic other settings.
The Taurus Mountains, for example, look like the Alps; Northern Turkey is like Ireland, England, Scotland or Scandinavia and South-eastern Turkey can resemble the Middle East. This latter point is a key consideration given the unrest in that region at present. Secondly, Turkey has unique locations like capital city Istanbul, which offers a mix of classic architecture, café culture and twenty-first century modernity. And if you’re looking for something really unique then there are awe-inspiring sites like Cappadocia, Bodrum, Mardin & Pamukkale. Cappadocia, home to unique and unusual rock formations, was a location for Nic Cage’s Ghost Riders 2.
You can shoot spring, summer, autumn and winter scenes throughout the year. For example, you can shoot a skiing scene on a snowy mountain and then a swimming scene on the beach in the same day in Antalya for about 9 months of the year. (kftv)
Situated in Alaca town in the city of Corum, Alacahoyuk predominantly shows the Hittite influence during the Bronze Age, although ruins belonging to four different cultural phases can also be seen.
Situated in the Cilicia region in Adana province, the founding date of this ancient city is not known. It emerged during the Roman era but was somewhat overshadowed by Tarsus, the capital of the Cilicia region. In later times, Anazarbus continuously passed hands among the Arabs and Byzantines.
Situated in the Serik town in Antalya province, Aspendos impresses its visitors with its elegant amphitheatre and other ancient remains. Because of its location close to the trade routes and the Koprucay River, Aspendos has always been a rich town many rulers desired to dominate.
Founded approximately in 300 BC by the generals under Alexander the Great, Zeugma is situated in the Nizip town of Gaziantep. The famous mosaics of this ancient city are exhibited in the Zeugma Mosaic Museum.
The ancient citadel of Ani is situated on the barren plains above the Arpaçay Valley which separates Turkey and Armenia. The site is surrounded by an imposing fortified city wall, currently undergoing intensive restoration. This one time prominent city used to house over 100.000 citizens in it’s hey-day.
Ancient Perge, one of the chief cities of Pamphylia Perge, the long-established city of Pamphylia region, is located 18 km east of Antalya and 2 km north of Aksu Village. The Archaeological site of Perge has been excavated systemically by Istanbul University since 1946.
Telmissos is on the Bodrum-Turgutreis road, three kilometres past Ortakent. The site is in the village of Gürece, which is two kilometres before the turn for Gümüslük, with the hill where the remains are to be found to the north of the main road.
Situated in the outskirts of Denizli province, Colossae is one of the six great cities of Phrygia. It reached its wealthiest period under the Persian rule but lost its importance when Laodicea was founded.
The archaeological site of Sagalassos is located in southwest Turkey, near the present town of Aglasun (Burdur province); roughly 110 km to the north of the well-known port and holiday resort of Antalya. Large-scale excavations started in 1990.
Founded 9 thousand years ago in the Cumra town of Konya, Catalhoyuk is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Among the earliest human settlements in history, Catalhoyuk reveals a variety of lifestyles.
Situated in the town of Selcuk in Izmir province, Ephesus is one of the twelve cities of Ionia. Founded in the 6th millennium BC, this magnificent city is home to many civilizations. The ancient city of Ephesus lived its heyday under the Hellenistic and Roman rule.
The capital of the Hittites, located in Bogazkale in the city of Corum, Hattusa is enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage. Its first settlements dating back to 3000 BC, Hattusa was highly developed in arts and architecture. The unique archeological findings include containers in the shape of bull head .
Situated in the town of Kas in Antalya province, also known as Kalkan, is impressive for its closeness to the ancient cities in the region and for its natural beauty. The city’s historic significance is partly due to its location on the Lycian Way that leads to the cities of Lycian Civilization and partly due to its quality as a safe harbor. The ancient cities of Patara, Letoon and Xanthos are close by. Also of interest is the Pigeons Sea Cave, home to a large number of pigeons.
On the Fethiye-Kas highway, Letoon is originally founded in the name of Leto, mother to the Olympian divinities Apollo and Artemis. The ancient city is enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage. Being the city of this proud mother, Leto, Letoon is the religious center of Lycia.
The ancient city of Laodicea, in Denizli province, used to be one of the most well-known and important Anatolian city in the 1st century BC. In addition to the numerous ancient buildings that still survive, Laodicea is unique for Christianity for being the home of one of the seven churches.
Situated near to Soke, a town in Aydin province, Miletus earned its independence in the year 38 BC with the help of Roman emperors. Growing up to the size of a metropolis among the Ionian cities with such imperial support, many remains of Miletus still survive.
An ancient Lycian city, Myra is situated in the fertile lands of the town of Kale in Antalya. Although a Lycian metropolis during the early days of Christianity, the remains from the ancient times have been destroyed except for the great theater.
Situated in the town of Aksu in Antalya province, Perge was founded during the Bronze Age. Considered to be one of the richest and most elegant cities of the Hellenistic era, Perge is home to many civilizations, the precious remains of which survive till today.
Situated in Foca in Izmir province, Phokaia is one of the twelve Ionian cities. Originally founded as a colony by the settlers from Phokis in Grecce, Phokaia quickly developed into an important port city. The Ionian uprisings that lasted until 494 BC finally resulted in the Persian invasion.
The capital of the kingdom of Lydia, Sardis is situated in the Salihli town of Manisa province. Sardis was a great center for trade and commerce during the Hellenistic and the Roman eras, and under Byzantine rule it continued to hold its importance as the center of episcopacy.
Located between Fethiye and Kalkan, the ancient city of Patara is known as the birth place of the Greek sun god Apollo. In time, the ancient port in Patara which once thrived as a capital of the Lycian League, has been covered with sand.
Located close by Fethiye, Telmessos takes its name from the sun god Apollo’s son. Although the ancient texture has remained under modern Fethiye, the excavated structures can be seen. Leaning against the skirts of Mount Mendos, Telmessos has everything to offer from its ancient theater to rock-cut tombs
Located around Fethiye, the ancient city of Xanthos once functioned as a capital of the Lycian League. The city witnessed several wars and was destroyed to be built again eventually. Also the center of episcopacy during Byzantine era, Xanthos is enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage.
Located close by the natural wonder of Pamukkale, the ancient city of Hierapolis was founded in 190 BC. Being a UNESCO World Heritage site, Hierapolis flourished under the Roman era. Today many remains can be seen at the museum and outdoors.
Built on a natural platform on top of the Mount Güllük (Solymos), Termessos is one of the best preserved ancient cities in Anatolia. Due to its natural beauty and historic significance, the site is preserved as National Park in the province of Antalya.
Located in Finike in Antalya province, Limyra served as the capital of the Lycian civilization for a period. Most of the ancient remains from Limyra have survived. A center for episcopacy during the Byzantine era, this ancient city was deserted because of the Arab raids.
Close to Aglasun, a town of Burdur province characterized by its natural beauties, Sagalassos is known to be the first of the Pisidian cities. After natural disasters and several unlucky events, such as the Arab raids, the ancient city of Sagalassos was deserted.
Its history dating back to the 6th century BC, Assos is built on a dormant volcano of andesite rock, in the modern city of Canakkale. Among many others, the famous ancient remains of Assos are the sarcophagi made of andesite rock, known for its hardness and durability.
Pergamon is founded in the county of Bergama (Izmir), where the Aegean and Anatolia regions come together. Pergamon’s ancient riches include many architectural structures such as a temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, revered as the protector of the city.
The Nemrut mountainside with the tumulus containing the tomb of King Antiochus of the Commagene Kingdom and several giant statues was inscribed to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1987.Nemrut Mountain is also known as the highest open-air museum in the world.
This unique ancient city was named after Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and love. The origins of the city could be traced back to the late Neolithic ages.
Göreme , in which there are many fairy chimneys and churches, is declared as an open air museum. Tokali Church, the Priestesses and Priests Monastery, Saint Basil Chapel, Elmali Church, Saint Barbara Chapel, Yilanli (Saint Onuphrius) Church, Karanlik Church, Çarikli Church, El Nazar Church, Sakli Church, Mother Mary (Kiliçlar Kusluk), etc.
Istanbul is where Europe and Asia meets as continents and as culture. Middle Eastern and European coexist and blend together . Istanbul locations of particular interest include the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Bosphorus, Dolmabahçe Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace.