Anadolu Destanı (Remastered)

Anadolu Destanı is Turkey’s Cultural Heritage and Travel Guide, prepared by Şerif Yenen, first edition in 2001, second edition in 2007 and last edition in July 2022.
The guide consists of 768 pages and was published by Alfa Publications with 661 color photographs, 20 maps, 38 illustrations and plans.

Anadolu Destanı, Türkiye’nin Kültürel Mirası ve Gezi Rehberi

Anadolu Destanı(2001, 2007, July 2022) by Şerif Yenen

768 pages
661 full-color photographs, 20 maps, 38 illustrations & plans
Published by Alfa Yayınları
Cover: Füsun Turcan Elmasoğlu
Illustrations, Maps & Plans: Cemil Cahit Yavuz
Dimensions (in centimeters): 19,5 x 25,5 (Hardcover: 20 x 26)
Barcode: 9786254495960 (Hardcover: 9786254495977)

Cultural Heritage of Anatolia

Anatolia, also known as Asia Minor, is a historical region located in modern-day Turkey. Throughout its history, Anatolia has been inhabited by a diverse array of cultures, civilizations, and peoples. Here’s an overview of some of the notable groups that have lived in Anatolia from the past to the present:

  1. Hittites (c. 1600–1180 BCE): The Hittites were an ancient Anatolian people who established the Hittite Empire. They left behind significant archaeological and historical records, including the famous Hittite capital of Hattusa.
  2. Phrygians (c. 1200–600 BCE): The Phrygians were another ancient Anatolian group known for their distinctive culture, including the famous rock-cut monuments at Gordium.
  3. Lydians (c. 1200–546 BCE): The Lydians were known for their advancements in commerce and minting of coinage. The ancient city of Sardis was their capital.
  4. Persians (c. 6th–4th centuries BCE): Anatolia fell under the control of the Persian Empire, particularly during the Achaemenid period.
  5. Alexander the Great and Hellenistic Period (c. 4th century BCE): After the conquests of Alexander the Great, Anatolia became part of the Hellenistic world. Greek influence was prominent, and many cities were founded or transformed during this time.
  6. Romans (c. 1st century BCE–4th century CE): Anatolia became a significant part of the Roman Empire, and important cities like Ephesus, Pergamon, and Antioch flourished.
  7. Byzantines (c. 4th–15th centuries CE): Following the division of the Roman Empire, Anatolia became a center of the Byzantine Empire. The capital of the Byzantine Empire, Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul), was strategically located at the edge of Anatolia.
  8. Seljuks (c. 11th–13th centuries CE): The Seljuk Turks migrated into Anatolia and established the Sultanate of Rum, marking the beginning of Turkish presence in the region.
  9. Ottoman Turks (c. 13th century–1922): The Ottoman Empire, originating in Anatolia, expanded to become a vast empire that encompassed diverse cultures and regions, including Anatolia.
  10. Modern Turkey (from 1923 onward): After the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the Republic of Turkey was founded under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The modern Turkish state emerged, and Anatolia remains an integral part of Turkey to this day.

Throughout this history, Anatolia has seen the rise and fall of various empires, cultures, and religions, contributing to its rich and diverse heritage. The region’s history is complex, and this overview only scratches the surface of the many groups that have lived in Anatolia over the centuries. “Anadolu Destanı, Türkiye’nin Kültürel Mirası ve Gezi Rehberi” edited by Şerif Yenen, aims to help you find your way in this complexity. In addition, natural beauties, important tips and travel routes are supported with color photographs and maps. This unique guide will be a unique guide at hand during your trip to Türkiye.

If you want to visit Istanbul and Turkey under the guidance of Serif Yenen, you can visit Discover Istanbul & Turkey with Serif Yenen ↗ and buy a special tour for you.