Like the land that makes up this vast, contradictory landscape, Turkey straddles East and West, modern and traditional. But if Turks are having problems defining who they are, then foreigners are completely in the dark. The omission of some of civilizations’ most significant influences (Hittites, Selçuks, and Ottomans) in Western history books just feeds the emptiness of what Westerners know about Turkey. Considering the depth and breadth of what Turkey has to offer, this is shameful.
Frommer's Turkey explores the highlights of a country that is an amazing and diverse treasure trove of architectural styles and ancient ruins, most of which are still being excavated. You'll learn how to navigate the chaotic bustle of Istanbul, buy a rug and get the best deal, find the best and most undiscovered ruins, and the ins and outs of getting a Turkish bath. Readers also get language and etiquette tips, exact prices and directions, logistical advice, detailed two-color maps, and much more.