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Turkey is a land of contrasts bringing together a mixture of East and West has so much to offer her visitors.

  • Istanbul is the only city in the world located on two continents, Europe and Asia.
  • Catalhoyuk is known as one of the earliest settlements in the Neolithic Age.
  • Two of the world’s seven wonders are located in Turkey; Temple of Artemis, Halicarnassus Mausoleum.
  • Virgin Mary in Selcuk, is a very popular pilgrimage site for Christians.
  • Delicious reputation of the Turkish Coffee spread all around Europe in the 17th century.
  • The word Turquoise comes from Turk, meaning Turkish, and was derived from the perfect blue of the Mediterranean Sea on the southern Turkish coast.
  • The world’s greatest mosaic museum is Zeugma and second greatest mosaic museum is Antakya in Turkey.
  • The most valuable silk carpet in the world is in the Mevlana Museum in Turkey.
  • Church of St.Peter is widely considered to be one of the earliest Christian houses of worship.
  • Anatolia is the birthplace of many historical figures such as Phrygian King Midas, Herodotus and St.Paul.
  • Yoghurt is one of the healthiest foods in existence and is derived from the original Turkish Yoghurt.
  • Nicholas was born in Patara and served as the Bishop of Myra on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.
  • Mugla has the longest coast in Turkey, streching from Bodrum to Fethiye and beyond.
  • According to the Legend of Great Flood told in both the Quran and the Old Testament, Noah’s Ark landed on Mount Agri in eastern Anatolia.
  • The seven churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation; Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamon, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea are all found in Turkey.
  • Tulips were first introduced to Europe by the Ottomans and quickly became all the rage over there.
  • Troy where the Trojan wars recounted in Iliad by Homeros of Smyrna were fought is situated in a small village Tevfikiye of Canakkale in western Turkey.
  • One of the first most accurate world maps were drawn by the well known Turkish cartographer and navigator Piri Reis in 1513.
  • Sanliurfa is known to be the City of the Prophets where Prophet Abraham, Prophet Job, Prophet Elijah and Prophet Jacob lived.
  • Gobeklitepe Temple complex in southeast Turkey, is the oldest ancient temple built by mankind anywhere in the world.
  • Kayseri derives its name from Augustus Caesar, when it was called Caesaris.
  • The first coinage in human history began in Anatolia.
  • 300 years ago somebody flew from Galata Tower in Istanbul.
  • Turkey is one of the world’s largest yacht manufacturers.

 

Source: goturkeytourism.com

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