The famous Trojan Wars took place Western Turkey, around the site where the Trojan horse rests today.
  The first church built by man, St. Peter’s Church is in Antioch (Antakya), Turkey
  The oldest known human settlement in Turkey is Catalhoyuk (7th Millennium B.C.)
  The first Neolithic paintings found on man-made walls are in Catalhoyuk.
  Ephesus and Halicarnassus – two of the most famous places of the ancient world are both in Turkey.
  St. Nicholas, also known as Santa Clause, was born in Demre, on Turkey’s Mediterranean Coast.
  Noah’s Ark landed on Mount Ararat (Ari Dagi) in Eastern Turkey.
  The last meal on Noah’s Ark, a pudding of sweet and sour taste (Asure), is still served in Turkey.
  The Turks were who introduced coffee to Europe.
  The famous Dutch Tulip comes from Turkey.
  Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents.
  Turkey is noted for having one of the three (together with French and Chinese) most famous and distinctive traditional cuisines in  the world.
  The First Ecumenical Council was held in Iznik, Turkey.
  Anatolia is the birthplace of historic legends, Homer (the poet), King Midas, Heredotus (the father of history), St. Paul the Apostle   and Santa Claus.
  The Hittites sold Abraham the cave where he buried his wife Sarah, when the Israelites came to Palestine.
  Julius Caesar proclaimed his celebrated words, “Veni, Vidi Vici (I came, I saw, I conquered)” in North Anatolia when he defeated the Pontus, a formidable kingdom in the Black Sea region of Turkey.
  The color “Turquoise” comes from the clean see color on the Aegean Cost in Turkey.
  Female goddesses dominated the Central Anatolian Pantheon for thousands of years before these supernatural powers were   transformed to male gods.
  In Antalya, in the spring time you can both ski in the mountains & swim on the coast.
  Virgin Mary’s house where the she spent her last days, situated on the top of Bulbuldag (Ephesus), is considered as a holy place   for all religions.



The number of species of flowers in Turkey is approximately 9.000 (in Europe 11.500), of which 3.000 are endemic… This shows  the richness of flora and fauna in Anatolia.
  UNESCO declares Pamukkale and Zelve Open Air Museum as world heritages.
  Three of the 10 remaining icons of the world and according to the belief of Orthodox, Jesus Christ’s cross which he was crucified are in Hagia Yorghi church.
  Homeland of Iskender Doner (Shorma / Gyro) which is very famous all around the world is Bursa.
  The philosopher Aristotle lived in Assos for three years.
  Lydia which is one of the greatest civilization lived in Anatolia has still got some remaining around Salihli (Sardis) and it’s the first civilization which coined money.
  The world’s greatest amphora and glass collection is in Bodrum Museum in Bodrum Castle.
  The Best preserved Roman Theater is located in Aspendos Antic City, Antalya, Turkey.
  The First University in History is in Harran, Turkey.
  Writing was first used by people in ancient Anatolia. The first clay tablets in the ruins of Assyrian Karum (Merchant Colony) date back to 1950 B. C.
  Alexander the Great cut the Gordian knot near Ankara. The double knotting technique used in Turkish rugs is also called as Gordian knot.
  The Garden of Eden in the Book of Genesis was said to be watered by a river which separated into four streams as it left the garden; two of them the Tigris (Dicle) and Euphrates (F¦rat) rise from the mountains of Eastern Turkey.
  The Seven Churches of Apocalypse are all situated in the Aegean region of Anatolia; Ephesus, Smyrna (Izmir), Pergamum, Thyatira (Nazilli), Sardis, Philadelphia (Alasehir) and Laodicea.
  Sultan Beyaz¦t II dispatched the Ottoman Navy to bring the Jewish people who were expelled from Spain in 1492 and they were brought safely to the Ottoman lands..
  Historical Sirkeci Train Station was the last stop of the Orient Express-“kings of trains and train of kings”- between Paris and   Constantinople (Istanbul) from 1883 to 1977. Agatha Christie was one of the passengers of this famous train.
  Turkey has hundreds beaches and marinas which have the “Blue Flag” (an European award for the best clean water) on the Mediterranean and Aegean.
  The first recorded international treaty in the world was the Treaty of Kadesh between the Hittite and Egyptian Empires, Hattusilis III   and Ramses II, in c 1275 B.C
  The oldest known shipwreck on Earth was found and excavated in Uluburun near Kas, in the Mediterranean region of Turkey.
  In 640 BC, for the first time in history, coins made of electrum were used by the Lydian king Croesus in Sardis, in Aegean region of Turkey.
   
 
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