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Central Anatolia

Turkey’s heartland is home to some of the world’s earliest civilisations, in neolithic Çatalhüyük and Göbekli Tepe. In their footsteps came Hittites, with their capital at Hatussa, and Phrygian King Midas at Gordion. The Seljuks built their great mosques in Konya and Divriği and the Ottomans added their handsome mansions. From the Lakes District and stony wastes of Cappadocia with its cave churches and extraordinary landscapes of fairy chimneys, the scene is dotted with monuments, while modern civilisation peaks at the capital, Ankara, another city with ancient roots.


Famous for its carpets and the Lydian Hoard, Uşak is a small provincial capital on the Izmir–Ankara road.


Roman Iconium, this ancient Anatolian city was a stop along the Silk Road. After 1084 it became the capital of Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, and Seljuk architecture still gives the city its flavour.

8The Lakes District

Snow-capped mountains look down on a scattering of lakes, the ruins of Sagalossos and Isparta, City of Roses

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