Subscribe: – Let’s go visit Kızlarağası Hanı which is a restored Ottoman-built bedesten (warehouse or market) dating from 1744 and which is similar to the İç (Inner) Bedesten in İstanbul’s famous Grand Bazaar. It’s touristy, with most items for sale harking from from the far end of the Silk Road (China), but the building itself – which also functioned as a kervansaray (caravansarai) in its heyday – is extremely handsome.
Izmir is a city on Turkey’s Aegean coast. Known as Smyrna in antiquity, it was founded by the Greeks, taken over by the Romans and rebuilt by Alexander the Great before becoming part of the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century. Today, its expansive archaeological sites include the Roman Agora of Smyrna, now an open-air museum. The hilltop Kadifekale, or Velvet Castle, built during Alexander’s reign, overlooks the city.
Turkey is a nation straddling eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Cosmopolitan Istanbul, 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. Ankara is Turkey’s modern capital.
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