Interesting facts about Turkey


 
  • Turkey is located at the point where Europe, Africa and Asia are closest together
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  • Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Tamerlane all passed through Turkey on their campaigns
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  • Western Turkey (near modern day Bodrum) was the home of the ancient Greek poet Homer
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  • The first church built by Man was built in Antakya (Antioch)
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  • The oldest human settlement is in Catalhoyuk in central Turkey
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  • Two of the Seven Wonders of the World were located in Turkey (The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus)
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  • Turkey introduced the Tulip, Cherries and Coffee to Europe
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  • Noah’s Ark landed on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey
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  • St Nicholas or Santa Claus was from Turkey – the bishop of Demre
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  • Turkey produces the majority of the world’s hazelnuts