Turkey is a nation straddling Eastern Europe and western Asia. Ankara is Turkey’s modern capital.
Turkey has cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Istanbul (a very Cosmopolitan city on the Bosphorus Strait) is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring dome and Christian mosaics, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans.
Turkey is a very popular destination for western travellers, partly because of low costs and party because of the extremely sunny weather.
Turkish architecture was influenced by Seljuk and Ottoman architecture, in particular during the First National Architectural Movement (also called the Turkish Neoclassical architecture movement).
Starting from the 1930s, architectural styles began to diverge from traditional architecture, mostly because of an increasing number of foreign architects (mostly German and Australian) being invited to work in the country.
One of the best features of Turkish architecture are the balconies that often command spectacular views over the sea. These are great places to relax or host parties.
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