Ancient Anatolian Peninsula (Asia Minor) Map

History Of Anatolia (Asia Minor) Where The Ephesus Located

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Ephesus ancient city is located on the westernmost of Anatolian Peninsula. Anatolia is considered as the heartland of Turkey. Covering majority of Modern Turkish Republic.

What is Anatolia known as today?

The Anatolian peninsula, also known as Asia Minor or Lesser Asia, is surrounded by the Black Sea from the north, the Mediterranean Sea from the south, the Aegean Sea from the West. Anatolia had been cradle of civilizations in the history. Especially the Western Coasts of Anatolia used to be home to ancient Greek civilizations. Ephesus Ancient City could be one of the best example to these multi-cultured and old cities.

Map Of Anatolia With Ephesus Ancient City Location

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Map Of Anatolia

What does the name Anatolia mean?

The name Anatolia is given by Greeks. In Greek lenguage the meaning of the name Anatolia is: From The East. In Turkish the Word is evolved into Anadolu. The %97 of Turkey is Asia and %3 of Turkey is Europe.

Is Anatolia in Turkey?

Yes Anatolia is located in Turkey. Anatolia has been one of the great crossroads of ancient civilizations. Anatolia is a broad peninsula that lies between the Black Sea & Mediterranean Sea. Romans named it Asia Minor (Lesser Asia),  the land is the Asian part of modern Turkey.

When did Anatolia become Turkey?

The Treaty of Lausanne that signed July 24, 1923, led to the international recognition of the sovereignty of the new-founded “Republic of Turkey” as the successor state of the Ottoman Empire, and the republic was officially proclaimed on October 29, 1923, in the new capital of Ankara. Then the Anatolia became the major part of Turkey.

Is Anatolia part of Europe?

No it is not a part of Europe. Thrace literally part of Europe. The portion northwest of Istanbul and the Bosporus are part of Europe. This area is known as Eastern Thrace.  The Thrace covers the %3 of Turkey while %97 of Turkey Anatolia (Asia).

Where is the Anatolian plateau?

The central massif is located in the western half of the Turkey, between the Pontic and Taurus systems. This elevated zone is often referred to as the Anatolian plateau.

What is meant by Asia Minor?

Asia Minor, a peninsula also called Anatolia or Lesser Asia, comprises most of the Asian part of modern Turkey and the Armenian highland. Majority of Asia Minor is considered as Turkey.

Major Cities To Visit & See In Anatolia (Asia Minor)

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Anatolia Cities

Major Cities To See & Visit In Anatolia

Western coast of Anatolia faces with Aegean Sea. There are lots of ancient cities to visit there. Major cities Çanakkale, Balıkesir, İzmir, Fethiye on the west coast.

Southern coast of Anatolia faces with Mediterranean Sea. Antalya, Mersin, Adana and Hatay (Antioch) is the major cities to visit. Especially Antalya is a good place for holiday.

Northern coast of Anatolia faces with Black Sea. A mild climate, usually rainy. It is recommended to go there to see the beauty of the nature. Good for Hiking and trekking.

In the Central Anatolia there is the capital of Turkey: Ankara. The best area to visit: Cappadocia. Famous for fairy chimneys and volcanic lands.


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