It was initially built as a Greek Orthodox church, but later it was converted into the imperial mosque of the Ottoman empire. And finally, the Turkish government converted it into a museum. This is touted to be one of the best places to go in Turkey in October as the cool breeze blows, the crowds are less, and you can take in the magnificence of the building in peace!!
Location: Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydani No:1, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
Timings: 9 am to 5 pm from Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed on Monday.
Price: 72 TRY or 847 INR
Topkapi Palace Museum
But by virtue of its unique architecture, the Topkapi Palace Museum still remains among the best places to go to Turkey in October! The visitors can witness here the unique display of the artifacts and murals, ranging from the Ottoman period of time.
Location: Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
Timing: 9 am to 6 pm from Friday to Wednesday. It is closed on Thursday.
Price: 72 TRY or 847 INR. You can skip paying for this by getting an Istanbul Tourist Pass.
Back in the day, it would provide a filtration system to the Great Palace of Constantinople, but nowadays, not much water is stored in it to allow access to tourists. For all budding historians, this is the place to be- it tells you a lot about the issues faced and addressed by our ancestors!
Location: Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd 1/3, 34110 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey.
Timing: 9 am to 5:30 pm on all days of the week.
Price: 20 TRY or 235 INR. Entry is free for children below the age of 7.
Location: Senlikkoy, Florya Caddesi, Yesilkoy Halkali Cad No 93, 34152 Bakirkoy/Istanbul, Turkey.
Timing: 10 am to 7 pm on weekdays, and 10 am to 8 pm on weekends.
Many people even claim a certain structure is shaped like a dragon, and few others say that it is in the form of Mother Mary holding Jesus! So if you do let your imagination run wild, you may come up with a whole lot more of uniqueness here!
Location: Devrent Mevkii No:1, 50500 Aktepe/ Avanos/ Nevsehir, Turkey.
Timing: Open 24 hours
Price: 2 hours tours of the valley cost close to $40 or 2863 INR.
Location: Bereketzade, Galata Kulesi, 34421 Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey
Timing: 9 am to 7 pm on all days of the week.
Price: 7 TRY or 82 INR. Free for children below 7. The Istanbul Museum Pass is not valid for the Galata Tower.
Museum of Anatolian Civilisations
It also has various artifacts from Turkey’s own Hittie and Phyrigian periods when the country actually went through quite a few radical changes! Visiting the museum in October has its own charm, as this is not the peak season and hence you would not have to stand in a queue at the ticket counter for hours!
Timing: 8:30 am to 6 pm on all days of the week.
Price: 36 TRY or 425 INR. It is free for children under the age of 8, and the Museum Pass of Turkey is valid here.
The peace park has trees and flowers donated from 25 countries and commemorates Ataturk’s saying-“ Peace at home, peace in the world.” You can stay captivated, looking at its magnificent architecture, or you can take a stroll in the peace park to strengthen the feeling of brotherhood!
Timing: It is open from 9 am to 5 pm in the evening in summer and till 4 pm in winter. However, please note that it is closed from 12 pm to 1 pm on account of a lunch break.
Hamamonu District Neighbourhood
Apart from that, after it was redone properly, tiny shops and restaurants were built to serve authentic Turkish cuisine or sell a few souvenirs. During October, you will not be able to find too many people, and the weather is also pleasant, so you can shop or take a bath at the Hamam in peace!
It basically consists of thermal pools that have unnaturally large calcite deposits that offer a very relaxing and therapeutic vacation. Just slip on a bathing suit, slap on some sunscreen, and take a dip in a pool. Legend says the minerals in the pools can heal digestive issues!
Location- Denizli, Turkey.
In fact, the well-known museum of Anatolian civilizations is located right in the midst of the citadel. The citadel is home to numerous shops, galleries, and cafes, and you can have a panoramic view of Ankara from the top of the castle!
Location: Kale Mh, 06240 Ankara, Turkey
Timing: 10 am to 6 pm on all days of the week.
Old Town Kaleici
It has old structures like the Antalya Clock tower and the Hadrian Gate, and it has bits and pieces of the Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, and Ottoman empires! Now there are a number of boutique hotels and cafes where you can have lavish meals and a relaxing stay!
Location: Selcuk, Uzun Carsi Sk, 07100 Muratpasa/Antalya, Turkey
Timing: Open 24 hours a day all week
Goreme Open Air Museum
Historians still haven’t figured out the real use of the place, though mostly it is regarded as a pilgrimage site for the Byzantine empire, and the biggest attractions here are the Dark Church, Chapel of St Basil and Chapel of Saint Barbara.
Location: Muze Caddesi, Antalya. Turkey
Timing: 8 am to 7:15 pm on all days of the week. Please note that the ticket office closes as early as 4:30 pm.
Price: 54 TRY or 635 INR
It covers a huge expanse and other than a massive open-air gallery, has 13 exhibition halls. Five thousand works of art and artifacts are on display for the public, and about 20,000 more articles are secure in the vaults and are displayed on special occasions. You can get a lot of handmade articles here as a memoir of your visit to the museum.
Timing: 8:30 am to 7 pm on all days of the week
Price: 20 TRY or 236 INR
Yivli Minare Mosque
This is the place to be in Turkey for history and anthropology lovers as it is, in fact, considered to be the sole landmark of the town of Antalya and has been placed in a list of Tentative Heritage Sites in Turkey.
Location: Selcuk, Iskele Cd, 07100 Muratpasa/Antalya, Turkey
Zelve Open Air Museum
Location: Aydinli Mahallesi Yavuz Sk No:1 D.No 1, 50180 Aktepe/Avanos, Turkey
Timing: 8 am to 6:15 pm on all days of the week.
Price: 15 TRY or 175 INR. A few churches may have an extra entrance fee, and parking costs 5 TRY.
Kaymakli Underground City
Because it is made of soft volcanic rock, it is easy to dig tunnels into it, and the Kaymakli people took advantage of it in case of an attack or invasion, by using these tunnels to get to safe places! It has seen the rise and fall of both Hittite and Phrygian periods and provides valuable information from those virtually inaccessible periods.
Now it is a coveted UNESCO World Heritage Site, and people from all across the world flock into this underground city!
Location: Ilhara Road, Antalya, Turkey
The Corinthian columns, vaulted cisterns, and Faustina gate are architectural marvels and encapsulate the engineering brilliance of the Roman artisans of the day!
Location: Namazgah, Talik Sari Sokagi No:29, 35240 Konak/Izmir, Turkey
Price: 12 TRY or 141 INR.
All the artists’ homes are here, and the top-selling articles of this market are coffee, tea, ornaments, and ceramic utensils. This place also has excellent restaurants that will serve you authentic Turkish fare!
Location: Izmir, Turkey
Timing: 9 am to 9:30 pm on all days except religious holidays
You may take a romantic walk with your partner, or you may even get on a horse-driven cart if you want to! But the best experience you could create here would have to be a boat trip at night!
Location: Izmir, Turkey