4 Reasons We Love Turkey (And You Should Too!)

We talk about Turkey a lot here at loombrand, but what’s the big deal? Here are 4 great reasons we absolutely adore Turkey, and why you should too.

4) The Food Is Absolutely Delicious

Kofta Kebob

Turkish meatball, usually made out of beef or lamb, mixed with spices and/or onions.

Absolutely delicious,  Credits to Amy Kundrat .
Kofta Kebob – Mouthwateringly delicious, Credits to Amy Kundrat .

Want to make it? Here’s a recipe.

Lahmacun

Sometimes known as the “Turkish Pizza.” Lahmacun is a round, thin piece of dough topped with meat (beef & lamb), minced vegetables and herbs including onions, tomatoes and parsley. The pie is then baked and servied with lemon juice.

Lahmacun, turkish food
Lahmacun, Credit to Garrett

Want to try your hand cooking this dish? Here’s a great recipe.

3) The Grand Bazaaar and its’ Incredible Textiles

The Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı), built in the 15th century, is the oldest covered market in the world. Covering an area of 54.653 square meters, it also still ranks as one of the world’s biggest covered markets.

Textile Merchant in Istanbul, Turkey. Thanks to  Ben
Textile Merchant in Istanbul, Turkey. Thanks to Ben for the photo

There’s a reason we sell Pestemal (Turkish towels). Turkish fabrics and patterns are some of the best in the world. They’re bright, incredibly soft and do a good job at looking absolutely beautiful in any situation.

Jalal is one of the shopkeepers who sells carpets in the Grand Bazaar. Credit to
One of the shopkeepers selling carpets in the Grand Bazaar. Credit to Guillermo

2) Turkish Baths are About the Most Relaxing Thing Ever.

turkish hamam bath
4 men enjoying a hamam. Thanks to la imagen for the photos

The Turkish bath (called hammam) is renowned around the world for treating ailments and soothing the body.

It starts with relaxation in a warm room heated with a flow of hot, dry air. Bathers are guided into an even hotter room (known as the hot room) before they refresh themselves with a douse of cold water. After performing a full body wash and receiving a massage, bathers finally retire to the cooling-room for a period of relaxation.

Throughout this process bathers wear what’s called a Pestemal.

1) The Sights are Absolutely STUNNING.

Antalya City

Beautiful shot of Antalya, Turkey
Beautiful shot of Antalya, Turkey
Sunset from Antalya bay .
Sunset from Antalya bay .

Once seen simply as the gateway to the Turkish Riviera, Antalya today is very much a destination in its own right. Situated smack on the Gulf of Antalya , the largest Turkish city on the western Mediterranean coast is both classically beautiful and stylishly modern.

Pumakkale – The “Cotton Castle”

Beautiful Pools, thanks to Maria for the photo.
Beautiful Pools, thanks to Maria for the photo.

Pamukkale is a natural site in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water.

The ancient Greco-Roman and Byzantine city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white “castle” which is in total about 8,860 ft long, 1,970 ft wide and 525 ft high. It can be seen from the hills on the opposite side of the valley in the town of Denizli, 20 km away.

Hagia Sophia

 

Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia, whose name means “holy wisdom,” is a domed monument originally built as a cathedral in Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey) in the sixth century A.D.

It contains two floors centered on a giant nave that has a great dome ceiling, along with smaller domes, towering above.

 

And that’s why we love Turkey! Have you traveled to Turkey? Tell us what your thoughts in the comments below.

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