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Turkey is the country where the East intersects with the West. Situated at the very tip where Western Asia and Eastern Europe merge. As a country, Turkey derives its cultural identity from the Roman, Byzantine, Greek, Ottoman and Persian empires. The city of Istanbul boasts of a mesmeric amalgam of scenic and ancient beauty.
While the Bosphorus Narrows render the city a wondrous natural charm, the Hagia Sophia captivates human imagination with its towering dome and Christian mosaics. Also notable are the Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque dating back to the17th century, the Sumela Monastery, the awe-inspiring ruins at Ephesus, the rock valleys at Cappadocia, the mammoth statues at Mount Nemrut, the Roman spa town, the Roman Theater of Aspendos, Hierapolis atop the Natural pure white travertine terraces are all exclusively magnificent. Turkey is also blessed with gorgeous white sandy beaches, hidden coves, sylvan, forest-clad slopes and dozens of heavenly islands where the outdoor activities rule the roost. Turkey's natural bounty coupled with her mesmerizing sights most certainly make her a traveler's dream destination.
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