DID YOU KNOW ABOUT TURKEY?
» Istanbul, Pamukkale, Mt. Nemrut, Great Mosque of Divrigi, Hattusa, Safranbolu, Goreme Open Air Museum, Hierapolis, Troy, Xanthos and Letoon are sites choosen as Unesco World Heritage.
» Anatolia is the birthplace of historic legends, Homer (the poet), King Midas, Heredotus (the father of history), St. Paul the Apostle and Santa Clause.
» The four bronze horses of San Marco Cathedral welcoming the guests today in Venice, were taken from Istanbul
» The biggest Open - Air temple of Ancient world is located in Urfa - Gobekli Tepe.
» In the middle ages, Istanbul had more than 1400 public toilets in the city meanwhile there weren't any even in the palaces in France and other European cities.
» The first landscape picture of the world found on the wall of a house in Catalhoyuk, depicted erupting volcano (Mt. Hasan) in Neolithic times (6,500 BCE).
» The first university in History is in Harran, Turkey
» Istanbul, the queen of the cities is the only city on the world spread in both Asia and Europe.
» The oldest human settlement known in Turkey is Catalhoyuk (7th Millennium B.C.)
» Hereke is one of the famous carpeting place in the world with the quality of the wool and silk rugs in Izmit (Kocaeli) Turkey.
» The first church built by manpower - St. Peter's Church - is in Antioch (Antakya)
» The Hittites sold Abraham the cave where he buried his wife Sarah, when the Israelites came to Palestine.
» The oldest sculpture in the world found in Urfa remains from 13 century BC.
» Kasikci Diamond (86 carats) one of the greatest pieces of the world and is exhibited in Topkapi Palace.
» Noah's Ark landed on Mt. Ararat (Agri Dagi) in Eastern Turkey.
» The last meal on Noah's Ark, a pudding of sweet and sour taste (Asure), is still served throughout Turkey.
» Tarsus is the birthplace of St. Paul the Apostle.
» Crystal flakes can seen with bare-eyes in Erzurum-Kars region
» The First Ecumenical Council was held in Iznik, Turkey.
» Female goddesses dominated the Central Anatolian Pantheon for thousands of years before these supernatural powers were transformed to male gods.
» Ankara cat is famous with two colored eyes and white fur.
» Alexander the Great cut the intricate Gordian knot in the Phrygian capital, Gordion.
» Angora wool is derived from Ankara Goats and Rabbits.
» The most precious silk carpet in the world is in the Mevlana Museum in Konya.
» Central Anatolia is home of the capital cities of 3 major empires: the Hittite Empire in Hattusa, the Phrygian Empire of King Midas in Gordion, and the Seljuk Empire in Konya.
» The Million Stone in Sultanahmet square Istanbul was the zero point of the world once upon a time.
» Wine production started in Cappadocia region in 4,000 BCE.
» 3 of the 10 remaining mobile mosaic icons of the world and according to the belief of Orthodox, Jesus Christ's cross which he was crucified are in Greek Orthodox Patriarchate
» Sarcophagus of Alexander, First peace treatment of the world are exhibited in Istanbul Archeology Museum.
» Hagia Sophia was the biggest cathedral in the world for thousands years and still it is the 4th biggest one.
» First bridge of Bosphorus made by ships tied each other in Persian Invasion at 4th century BC.
» Constantinople was founded on seven hills like Rome.
» The world largest numbers of cave churches are in Cappadocia, many with in-situ frescos.
» The earliest domesticated wheat, Einkorn, can still be found growing wild in Cappadocia.
» Three of the greatest fathers of the Christian Church, Saint Basil, Saint Gregory of Nazianzus, and Saint Gregory of Nyssa, were all Cappadocians.
» Pottery has been making in Avanos for 10,000 years.
» The most famous Dradon Slayer, Saint George was born in Cappadocia and the crusades spread his fame to Europe on their way back to home.
» Cappadocia region has about 30 known underground cities that could safely hide 100,000 people in troubled times.
» St. Nicholas, also known as Santa Clause, was born in Demre, on Turkey's Mediterranean Coast.
» The best preserved Roman Theater is located in Aspendos , Antalya.
» The House of Virgin Mary where she spent her last days, situated on the top of Bulbul dagi (Ephesus), is considered as a holy place for all religions.
» The famous Trojan Wars took place in Truva town.
» Ephesus and Halicarnassus - two of the most famous places of the ancient world - are both in Turkey.
» Seven Churches of Revelation are all in Aegean Region in Turkey (Ephesus, Sardis, Tyatira, Pergamon, Philadelphia, Smyrna, Collosae)
» The Color "Turquoise" comes from the clean see color on the Aegean Cost in Turkey.
» The world's greatest amphora and glass collection is in Bodrum Museum in Bodrum Castle.
» The House of Virgin Mary in Ephesus is visited by Pope the 6th Paul and Pope Jean Paul as well.
» Lydia which is one of the greatest civilizations lived in Anatolia has still got some remainings around Salihli (Sardis) and it's the first civilization which coined money.
» The philosopher Aristotales lived in Assos for three years.
» 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.
» In Black sea region, there are more than 100 unnamed and 200 different endemic plants in flora.
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