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Most Turkish cities and resorts carry on as normal during Ramadan. Those that do fast normally do so with dignity - you won't know they are fasting. Drinks (including alcohol) are still served and the fabulous food Turkey is famed for still dished up in tourist resorts with a smile.

Every day, across the country, Turks drink thousands of glasses. Starting with at least two cups, alongside a traditional Turkish breakfast, in business and offices, a brew is on the boil for most of the day.

The whole city is part of the festival named the Istanbul Tulip Festival (Istanbul Lale Festivali) and all the different municipalities take part planting tulips just about anywhere there is space - roundabouts, avenues, and of course parks where literally millions of tulips are planted per annum.

Despite the vast number of restoration projects already undertaken, many more are still ongoing and receive more attention than others because of their iconic status and popularity.

The city of Mardin is memorable for tourists, yet ironically still unknown to many who live in Turkey. Its stunning architecture draws you to explore the meandering lanes and stone houses which unwind down the hillside.

Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, and his legacy shines through in his work that transcends social boundaries caused by race, religion, and culture. Rumi was also a scholar and philosopher, founded the most famously known Mevlevi Sufi order and lived in Konya til he passed away.

Turkey hosts many of the best preserved antique theatres from the Greek and Roman civilizations in the world. The small Hellenistic Antiphellos Theater in Kaş claims one of those spots.

You do not have to be an expert in Seljuk architecture, to admire the social importance of caravanserais in Turkey. In 2000, the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism submitted the Seljuk Caravanserais from Denizli to Dogubeyazit to UNESCO for consideration to the World Heritage list.

The dormant volcano of Mount Ararat (Agri Dagi) in the eastern region of Turkey is one of the world’s most respected terrains, both historically and in the present day.

September the 13th was just an ordinary day for many people in Turkey, but for members of the history world, it was a cause for celebration. The 3rd century Roman sarcophagus of Hercules arrived back in Turkey, after a 7-year legal battle.

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