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MAJOR RELIGIOUS SITES IN TURKEY

EDIRNE: Located on Turkish-Greek and Bulgarian Border, Edirne is full of magnificent Ottoman Monuments. Captured by Murat I in 1361, Bursa became second great capital of the Ottoman Empire. Even after the fall of Constantinople in 1453, Edirne stayed as a favorite retreat place for the Ottoman Dynasty.

ISTANBUL: Istanbul houses the most famous mosques of the Muslim world. Among these, one can mention the Blue Mosque, famous because of its tiles; Suleymaniye Mosque, masterpiece of architect Sinan the Great.

HOLY RELICS: Topkapi Palace, besides its fascinating Crown Jewels, houses the most sacred Relics of the Muslim Faith. Among these objects, one can admire a hair from Mohammed's beard, his footprint, his seal, soil from his grave, his coat. In the same section Holy Flag of Muslim Faith, the casket of the Holy Black Stone of Kaaba are displayed.

EYUP DISTRICT OF ISTANBUL: Located towards the end of the Golden Horn harbor, Eyup district is considered one of the most sacred areas in Istanbul. Eyup al-Ansari, a friend of Prophet Mohammed and standard bearer of the Muslim Army, was killed by an arrow during the Arabic siege of Constantinople. Buried by his friends, Eyup's tomb was re-discovered by the Mehmet the Conqueror and his teacher after the fall of Constantinople. In the following centuries, Eyup District became one of the greatest cemeteries of the Orient.

BURSA: Located in the south of Istanbul, Bursa houses magnificent early Ottoman buildings. Captured by the Ottoman Turks after a long siege, Bursa became the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Besides its early Ottoman monuments, Bursa has "royal burial grounds" where tombs of founders of the Empire are located.

ANKARA HACI BAYRAM VELI CAMII AND TOMB: Located in the old city near the Temple of Augustus, Haci Bayram Veli Mosque and the tomb of Bayram Veli are sacred places for Muslim people.

KONYA: Konya houses sacred shrine of Whirling Dervishes, and tomb of Mevlana, great religious figure, philosopher whose son, Sultan Veled, established the famous order of Whirling Dervishes.

KAYSERI: Kayseri, which was one of the major cities on the silk Road, was the capital city of Cappadocia. The city houses great monuments of Seljuk and Ottoman times.

HACI BEKTAS VELI: Located in the Central Anatolia in Kir├čehir, Hacibektas is birth place of Haci Bektas Veli, the founder of the Bektasi order who venerate a trinity of God, Mohammed and Ali.

ERZURUM: Erzurum, which houses great number of Seljuk monuments, is one of the major cities of the East Anatolia. Two theological schools with elaborate stone carvings place Erzurum among the most attractive towns worth visiting.

SIVAS: Sivas which was a major city on the former trade roads houses great number of Seljuk mosques and theological schools.

DIYARBAKIR: Diyarbakir is one of the oldest continuously occupied cities of the Middle East. The city rivals Istanbul with its great number of mosques.

DIVRIGI ULU CAMI

The Ulu Camii of Divrigi which was built in the 13th century, is one of the most factinating monuments of Turkey.

 

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