The Silk Road in Turkey
As China marked the beginning of the Silk Road, Turkey is often seen as the Western entry point. While much of the route splinters out in Lebanon and Syria, modern day Istanbul was the main trading hub linking the Silk Road with Europe. From here, the caravans entered from the Black Sea, whether they came through the Russian route or via Georgia, to land caravans coming from Syria, the Caucasus or even from Iran going through Armenia or directly into Turkey. The main cities along the Silk Road are Konya, Antioch (Antakya today), Cappadocia and the abandoned city of Ani on the modern-day Armenian border.