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8 Mysterious and Haunted Places in Turkey

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We all have seen so many Turkish horror movies that start with ‘based on true events.’ While the statement may scare some of you away, the curious ghost hunters think otherwise.

The country’s ancient history and connections with Greece, Persia, and Rome are enough to make it a centre of attraction for tourists. So, even if you are not really into spooky stuff, these mysterious places in turkey would be a treat for your eyes.

However, here is a little disclaimer. These places have been declared haunted for a long time. So this isn’t for the faint hearted.

Let’s delve into the top 8 haunted places in Turkey.

#1 The Haunted Mansion of Baltalimani Hisar Streat

Perili Kosk (Turkish), which translates into the haunted mansion, has many stories associated with it. People who have visited Perili Kosk talk about hearing faint piano sounds echoing throughout the building. The construction of the mansion that dates back to 1922 still remains unfinished because, as per the rumours, construction workers claim they saw the late wife of Ottoman Pasha, Yusuf Ziya.

Location:  Perili Kosk , Baltalimani Hisar Caddesi No.5| Sariyer, Istanbul 34470, Turkey

#2 Cemil Molla Mansion

In search of haunted places in Turkey, Istanbul has a lot to offer. One of the mysterious places in Turkey is Cemil Molla Mansion. The mansion was once home to the Minister of Justice, who died, and then the next two owners left the world in uncertain circumstances.

In 2004 during the renovation of the spot, many workers left the job upon the strange sighting of ghostly figures. Many claim that a dark cloud still hangs over the Cemil Molla Mansion.

Location:  Kuzguncuk, Mesa No:23, 34674 Üsküdar/İstanbul, Turkey

#3 Sumela Monastery

Next comes the thousand-year-old Monastery located on the edge of the sheer cliff face on Turkey’s Black Sea coast. The Sumela Monastery was home to Greek Orthodox monks for hundreds of years, and locals believe that the area is still haunted by monks.

Location: Maçka, Trabzon Province, Turkey

#4 Topkapi Palace Museum

Topkapi palace museum comes at the top of the list when talking about haunted places in Turkey. The place is believed to have been home to Ottoman Empire Sultans.

Although Topkapi Palace is one of the largest museums, tourists have noticed strange activities and ghostly apparitions. The palace tells its story itself through its architecture and collection of idols, where visitors claim to feel an unsettling feeling , making it one of the mysterious places in Turkey.

Location: Cankurtaran, 34122 Faith/Istanbul, Turkey

#5 Palais de Hollande

Palais de Hollande has a heart-wrenching story associated with it. Cornelis Calkoen was appointed to Istanbul in 1727, where he fell in love with Circassioan ex-slave called Beyazgül (White Rose). However, the story took a heartbreaking turn when the Dutch government recalled Calkoen back to the Netherlands. Despite his repeated attempts to return to Turkey, the government didn’t allow him to.

Calkon died at the age of 67 before he could meet Beyazgül again, who also died while waiting for his love at the gates of palais de Hollande. Staff workers have reportedly heard ghostly footsteps, window shutters that move by themselves, and apparitions in the bedrooms at night.

Location: İstiklal Caddesi No. 197, Beyoğlu

#6 Derinkuyu

Cappadocia had 36 underground cities where people lived for safety and security. The place has long underground passageways and multiple levels. People believe that those who excavated this place became lost there. Some of the tourists who happened to visit Derinkuyu talk about witnessing the spooky shapes and ghostly figures. The activities have also been recorded in unexplainable photos and videos.

Location: Bayramlı Mahallesi, Niğde Cd 50700 Derinkuyu/Nevşehir, Turkey

#7 Basilica Cistern

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Another popular tourist destination that has made its way into the mysterious places in turkey is Basilica Cistern in Istanbul. The construction dates back to the 6th century and was used to supply water for hundreds of years.

Once you enter inside, the space seems huge and endless, and this is why it is said that its construction had cost the lives of thousands of slaves. There are rumours that Basilica Cistern is haunted by the ghosts of slaves. Nevertheless, this place is a treat for explorers and has underground water chambers with ancient cravings and it is definitely a place worth visiting.

Location: Alemdar Mh., Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, 34410 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

#8 Kayakoy

Kayakoy is one of the most mysterious places in Turkey. The village of Kayakoy has a history of abandonment. It was in 1923 when the Greek settlement of Kayakoy left 350 homes, a church, and a school in a population exchange with Greece.

Walking through the crumbling buildings takes you into another time while you witness the remains of an ancient ruined city.

Location: KayaKoy, Fethiye/Mugla, Avanos-Goreme Highway, Turkey

So, if you are curious about exploring the tales of mystery that have been prevalent through the centuries, you already know where to go.

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