Over 20 mln tourists visit three sites in Turkey

Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Mevlana Museum attracted most local and foreign tourists in 2009 in Turkey.

Over 20 mln tourists visit three sites in Turkey

Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Mevlana Museum attracted most local and foreign tourists in 2009 in Turkey.

According to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, more than 20 million tourists visited the three sites in the first 11 months of 2009.

Hagia Sophia, or Ayasofya, is an Ottoman era-mosque in Istanbul that Turkey later turned into a "museum" and also a former Byzantine church. Hagia Sophia is universally acknowledged as one of the great buildings of the world.

The Topkapi Palace is located in Istanbul. It was the official and primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for centuries. The palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments and is a major tourist attraction today, containing the most holy relics of the Muslim world such as the Prophet Muhammed's cloak and sword.

The Mevlana Museum, located in Konya, is the mausoleum of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Sufi mystic also known as Mevlana or Rumi. It was also the dervish lodge (tekke) of the Mevlevi order, better known as the whirling dervishes.


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