Anyone interested in historical video production will be hard pressed to find a more unique country than Turkey in which to film. With some of the world’s most eerie and striking historical buildings, sites and cities, one can attempt to recreate the ancient past by shooting video of these locations while narrating the colorful (and sometimes violent) histories of the scene. From the world’s best preserved Roman theater (that is still used for annual festivals) to ornate palaces, jaw dropping mosques and underground cisterns and complexes, Turkey is a prime destination for anyone looking to forever preserve these ancient relics on film.
Listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site, this ornately designed and decorated palace situated in Istanbul was once home to the Ottoman Sultans during the 15th century. The entire compound is lavish and includes courtyards and relics from both the Muslim and Christian religions.
These underground complexes were built over hundreds of years and have recently been open to the public for touring. With hidden entrances, ventilation shafts, intricate connecting passageways and stone doors that could be closed from the inside, these mind blowing cities will fascinate your audience with their depth and clever designs. The largest of these ancient towns once housed more than 20,000 people and contained multiple levels, churches, wells for water access, wine cellars and much more.
This underground wonder, complete with ornate carvings, giant, imposing columns and vaulted ceilings was once used to store large volumes of water beneath the city of Istanbul. Raised platforms are available for visitors and those shooting video to view the few feet of water remaining on the bottom; one can get a feel for how the cistern once appeared at its full storage capacity of over 100,000 tons of water.
This theatre from the times of ancient Rome is so well preserved that it is still used today to seat up to 15,000 people during an annual summer festival. Although the original activities which occurred here would have been far more violent, one can appreciate the amazing architecture which has stood the test of time, perhaps reminding us of the many slaves involved in the construction of this marvel.
these mosques are striking aspects of the Istanbul skyline and are preserved to an incredible level. If the exterior views don't attract enough attention, entering within reveals elaborate adornments that were once intended to please the highest rulers of the land.
Turkey is home to some of the world's most amazing ancient cites and those interested in historical video production won't find a better country in which to create memorable footage to take home and share. While we've just scratched the surface, the country is filled with many additional relics, including castles, cities, war sites and far more. Shooting video no longer has to remain an activity limited to professionals who can afford top of the notch equipment; with a simple smart phone, an open mind and an adventurous spirit, nearly anyone can create incredible historical footage of these dazzling spots that seem to bring people back in time.
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