The Culture Ministry has announced that a total of 20,269,000 people visited Turkish museums and historic sites in the first eight months of 2014. The total number throughout the whole of 2013 was 29,481,000. Here is the list of the top 10 most visited museums in Turkey, according to the latest figures:
1) TopkapÄ± Palace, Istanbul: 3,760,548 visitors
The head of Turkeyâs top religious body has become involved in the heated debate on efforts to build a mosque on a grove in Istanbul Mehmet GÃ¶rmez, head of Turkeyâs Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), has become involved in the heated debate on efforts to build a mosque on a grove on Istanbulâs Anatolian side, saying "love for prayer and love for nature should not be compared."
Never shy about the spectacle, the Ottoman Empireâs leaders were all presented with the sword of Osman, an act to show the legitimacy of rule EyÃ¼p is a small village on the south, southwestern side of the Golden Horn outside the walls of Constantinople or the âOld City,â as it is sometimes known.