NAME THAT COUNTRY Episode 22

All the clues in this post refer to one Ya’lla Tours destination: Bahrain, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Turkey, or United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi and Dubai).

We’ll show you images of popular tourist sites in our mystery country, along with descriptions of those sites.

See the bottom of the post for the answer.

CLUE #1

This turquoise coast features sleepy fishing villages, jet set harbor towns, pristine beaches, warm, clear waters, ancient ruins, Medieval castles, and pine-covered mountains plunging into the sea. Visitors can stay in sprawling all-inclusive resorts or intimate, boutique hotels or take a rustic cruise along the coast in a gulet, the traditional sailing vessel of the region.

 
CLUE #2

The site pictured below was a major cult center of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and fertility. This was a bustling, cosmopolitan city and the remains are some of the best to be found in our mystery country, and that’s saying a lot. This country is full of ancient ruins from a long list of empires, kingdoms and city-states.

CLUE #3

The largest Christian cathedral for 1,000 years, the building below set the standard for Byzantine architecture. For students of architecture and art history, this place alone is worth a trip to our mystery country. It was dedicated to Holy Wisdom, also known as the Holy Spirit. In the 15th century, it was converted to a mosque, hence the minarets and Arabic inscriptions in the dome and hanging medallions. The building has been a museum since 1935. As of this writing, it is the 2nd most visited museum in our mystery country. 


Can you name that country?

 

Find the answers below.

Find the answers below.

This week’s mystery country is Turkey.

Click to see tours to Turkey.

The sites in the clues are as follows:
Clue 1 – the Turkish Riviera or Turquoise Coast, specifically, from left to right – Lycian tombs at Dalyan, Antalya, Oludeniz beach near Fethiye, and Bodrum
Clue 2 – Aphrodisias
Clue 3 – Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

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