Nature of Turkey - national parks and reserves for active recreation

Geographically, the Republic of Turkey is like an ancient bridge between old continents. The Anatolian peninsula is the westernmost protrusion of Asia that is divided from Europe by the Bosphorus and Dardanelles. This Muslim state is a continental country, and the geographic name “Asia Minor” describes it the best. This land is, indeed, like a small continent in many aspects such as climate. In some provinces, the difference in temperatures within 24 hours can reach 15°C.
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This land is also very diverse in terms of populations that inhabited it. Since prehistoric times, many nations settled here. Some were building whole civilizations and some moved deeper into the continents. Consequently, this plot of land was very important from a strategic and geographic point of view. Within the last ten thousand years, more than 20 different nations left their trace in the history of this region. Civilizations appeared and were destroyed; some became victims to invasions of enemies, some died because of epidemics, and some died because of natural disasters such as flood and drought.
The first natural reserve in Turkey was founded 60 years ago. Since that time, the number of reserves in the country has increased substantially. Some areas protected by the government that were initially created for archaeological excavations later turned into areas with rich wildlife and rare flora. For example, Olympos Beydagları Coastal National Park, which is always popular with tourists, is famous for its rare flora and fauna. Köprülü Canyon National Park at the east of the province has become home to unique ancient forests. Natural forests of this type do not grow anywhere else in the world. Besides its unique archaeological and geological treasures, Mugla Dalyan is famous as home to rare species of plants and animals. Copyright
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The Republic of Turkey is one of the seven countries in the world with the biggest number of thermal springs – Anatolia has almost 1,290 thermal springs scattered in its territory. Of course, the presence of seismic faults makes the landscape of the country very rich in this regard. The warmth of these hot springs fluctuates between 20°C and 110°C, and they produce 4 – 500 liters a second. Turkey uses only a small percent of its mineral spring potential, but nowadays the country’s Ministry of Tourism and private investors try to develop resort tourism of this Muslim gem.
Disco ship in sunset at Side, Turkey Earthquake in a densely populated area, which leads to numerous deaths and significant damage, can be of the same power as disasters in remote areas that mostly scare wild nature. People often don’t even notice big earthquakes, which take place under the oceans. The north-west of Turkey, a very densely populated part of the country and an important industrial center, was damaged by two massive earthquakes in 1999. On the day of the catastrophe, the local government declared a state of emergency and asked for international help. Low amplitude shocks are not rare in this part of the country.
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Mountains close to the seaside do not let the influence of the Mediterranean Sea to spread deeper into the continent. This territory has a continental climate with changing seasons. The Anatolian plateau is more prone to extreme weather conditions than coastal regions. Winters are particularly harsh at the plateau. In mountain regions of the east, the temperature can fluctuate from 30°C to -40°C. The snow lasts up to 120 days a year. In the western part of the country, the winter temperature is rarely below -1°C. Summer is usually hot and dry with the temperature of more than 30°C. Annual precipitation is 400mm on average, but it is not the same in different regions of Turkey. Konya plateau and Malatya plateau are the driest regions.
Marmaris Humanized landscape of Turkey is inseparable from its culture. Even in the most isolated and hard-to-reach parts of the country, foreign tourists can find historic landmarks and ruins of abandoned cities that are now wild and uninhabited. In the past, it was home to ancient civilizations, large villages, and vibrant cities. When walking on an ordinarily looking road, there is always a chance that this road was used by great warriors of the East and West and colorful caravans thousands of years ago. Perhaps, this was the road that Saint Paul or his followers, or Sufis were walking on. There is always a chance that Alexander the Great or King Croesus fought with their enemies on the site where tourists stroll or have fun.
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Reference information
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National and city parks of Turkey
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Famous places and sights of Turkey

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

From the series “Seven Wonders of the World”
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is the fifth wonder of the world. Its history is closely linked with the history of the temple of Artemis at Ephesus. It was built simultaneously with the second temple of Artemis, which was being rapidly restored after the fire. The building was constructed in an era when Caria was ruled by King Mausolus, so it was named after current ruler. King Mausolus was known for his tough-minded and inflexible nature. During his reign, the city of Halicarnassus was declared the capital of Caria.

Construction of the mausoleum in the capital began long before the ruler's death in 353 BC. Best architects and sculptors of ancient Greece were invited to build and decorate this place. According to available data, several hundred talented artists took part in the … Read all

Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

From the series “Seven Wonders of the World”
One of the seven wonders of the world has been located in the Greek city of Ephesus thousands of years ago. It was the great temple of Artemis. However, only a few columns and part of the foundation have survived to these days. The prominent landmark can be seen in the small Turkish town of Selcuk, which is located in the southern part of the province of Izmir. The history of the grand building is incredibly complicated and full of tragic events. The first temple in Ephesus was built in the 6th century BC.

Construction lasted less than 300 years. The temple was completely burned by Gyrostat, and then restored. A few years later it was sacked by the Goths. Finally, the temple has been destroyed in the 4th century, and a Christian church was built in its place. The ephesus temple dedicated … Read all
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