Turkey’s sublime Seven Lakes National Park

The breathtakingly beautiful Seven Lakes (Yedigöller) National Park is one of the gifts of nature to Turkey’s Bolu. Lying 42 kilometers north of the city centre, the park is named after seven large and small lakes formed by landslides. It is popular for its mesmerizing monumental trees, waterfalls, hiking trails and picnic areas .

 

 

 

 

 

 

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River rafting in Turkey’s tourism capital Antalya

River rafting in Turkey’s tourism capital Antalya is a challenging recreational outdoor activity where one uses an inflatable raft to navigate down a river.

 

 

 

 

Erdogan and Putin launch construction of Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant

Turkey’s 1st nuclear power plant Akkuyu breaks ground in Mersin, Turkey on April 3, 2018. Groundbreaking ceremony held with the participation of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin via video conference from Ankara. The Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant is a nuclear power plant under development at Akkuyu, in Büyükeceli, Mersin Province, Turkey. It will be the country’s first nuclear power plant.
In May 2010, Russia and Turkey signed an agreement that a subsidiary of Rosatom — Akkuyu NGS Elektrik Uretim Corp. (APC: Akkuyu Project Company) — would build, own, and operate a power plant at Akkuyu comprising four 1,200 MW VVER units. The agreement was ratified by the Turkish Parliament in July 2010. Engineering and survey work started at the site in 2011. In 2013, Russian nuclear construction company Atomstroyexport (ASE) and Turkish construction company Ozdogu signed the site preparation contract for the proposed Akkuyu nuclear power plant. The contract includes excavation work at the site. The official launch ceremony took place in April 2015. Major construction is expected to begin in March 2018,  and the first unit is expected to become operational in 2023.
Financing is provided by Russian investors, with 93% from a Rosatom subsidiary. Up to 49% of shares may be sold later to other investors. Potential investors are Turkish companies Park Teknik and Elektrik Üretim. Turkish Electricity Trade and Contract Corporation (TETAS) has guaranteed the purchase of 70% power generated from the first two units and 30% from the third and fourth units over a 15-year power purchase agreement. Electricity will be purchased at a price of 12.35 US cents per kW·h and the remaining power will be sold in the open market by the producer.

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful scillas bloom in Turkey’s Black Sea

Beautiful scillas bloom in Turkey’s Black Sea amid arrival of spring.

 

 

 

 

 

The crews planted over 600,000 tulips all around Turkey’s Malatya

Due to Malatya Metropolitan’s Municipality Park and Garden crew’s amazing efforts, tulips have started to blossom throughout Turkey’s central province Malatya. The crews planted over 600,000 tulip bulbs all around Malatya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turkey’s Akdamar Island teems with wildlife

Historical Akdamar church is seen enclosed with trees in blossoms at Akdamar Island in Lake Van during spring time in Turkey’s Van province. Dozens of animal species that live in the island and almond tree blossoms become a tourist attractions as spring comes to Van district of Turkey. Akdamar Church, located in Akdamar Island in Van Lake, was constructed by architect bishop Manuel between 915 and 921 A.D. under the supervision of King Gagik I.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stunning aerial views of Istanbul

Istanbul historically known as Constantinople and Byzantium, is the most populous city in what is modern-day Turkey and the country’s economic, cultural, and historic center. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, straddling the Bosphorus strait (which separates Europe and Asia) between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies on the European side and about a third of its population lives on the Asian side. The city is the administrative center of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (coterminous with Istanbul Province), both hosting a population of around 15 million residents. Istanbul is one of the world’s most populous cities and ranks as the world’s 7th-largest city proper and the largest European city. Istanbul is viewed as a bridge between the East and West.
Founded under the name of Byzantion (Βυζάντιον) on the Sarayburnu promontory around 660 BCE, the city grew in size and influence, having become one of the most important cities in history. After its reestablishment as Constantinople in 330 CE, it served as an imperial capital for almost 16 centuries, during the Roman/Byzantine (330–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin (1204–1261), and the Ottoman (1453–1922) empires. It was instrumental in the advancement of Christianity during Roman and Byzantine times, before the Ottomans conquered the city in 1453 CE and transformed it into an Islamic stronghold and the seat of the Ottoman Caliphate.
Istanbul’s strategic position on the historic Silk Road, rail networks to Europe and the Middle East, and the only sea route between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean have produced a cosmopolitan populace, although less so since the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1923. Overlooked as a candidate for the new Turkish capital Ankara during the interwar period, the city has since regained prominence in geopolitical and cultural affairs. The population of the city has increased tenfold since the 1950s, as migrants from across Anatolia have moved in and city limits have expanded to accommodate them. Arts, music, film, and cultural festivals were established at the end of the 20th century and continue to be hosted by the city today. Infrastructure improvements have produced a complex transportation network.
Approximately 12.56 million foreign visitors arrived in Istanbul in 2015, five years after it was named a European Capital of Culture, making the city the world’s fifth most popular tourist destination. The city’s biggest attraction is its historic center, partially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its cultural and entertainment hub can be found across the city’s natural harbor, the Golden Horn, in the Beyoğlu district. Considered a global city, Istanbul has one of the fastest-growing metropolitan economies in the world. It hosts the headquarters of many Turkish companies and media outlets and accounts for more than a quarter of the country’s gross domestic product. Hoping to capitalize on its revitalization and rapid expansion, Istanbul has bid for the Summer Olympics five times in twenty years.