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Nobody Knows Some of These Facts
About Turkey

Turkey is a unique country that many people are interested in all over the world. The cultural, historical and sociological characteristics of Turkey attract the attention of researchers as well. Here are some challenging facts about Turkey some of which few people know:


- Turkey is the only country having both European and Asian soil.

- Turkey is the 6th most popular tourism destination on the world.

- The world's second oldest subway "Tunel" was put into service in 1875.

- Contrary to widespread misinformation in Europe, there is no desert in Turkey and camels are used for touristic purposes only.

- Tarbush is a type of hat used during the Ottoman period. It is not being used in modern Turkey.

- Historical names such as Homer, Aesop and Saint Paul were born in Anatolia.

- The Grand Bazaar which is one of the symbols of Istanbul, has 64 streets, 4,000 shops and 25,000 employees.

- Tulips entered Europe in the 16th century through Ottoman merchants.

- Prior to 1934, in Turkey surname was not being used.

- It is estimated that the first settlement in Anatolia started 40,000 years ago.

- Turkish delight is one of the oldest known desserts.

- Two of the world's 7 wonders is located within the borders of Turkey:Temple of Artemis / Selcuk and Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.

- The history of Turkish bath culture is based on the bath culture of the Roman Empire

- Those who introduced the cherry to the Roman Empire were the producers in Anatolia.

-Some works of art within the borders of Turkey is placed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

  • Great Mosque and Hospital of Divrigi (Sivas) [1985]
  • Hattusas (Bogazkoy) - Capital of Hittite (Corum) [1986]
  • Mount Nemrut (Adıyaman - Kahta) [1987]
  • Xanthos-Letoon (Antalya - Mugla) [1988]
  • City of Safranbolu (Karabuk) [1994]
  • Ancient City of Troy (Canakkale) [1998]
  • Edirne Selimiye Mosque and Complex (Edirne) [2011]
  • Catalhoyuk Neolithic City (Konya) [2012]
  • Bergama Multilayer Cultural Landscape Area (İzmir) [2014]
  • Bursa and Cumalıkızık: The Birth of the Ottoman Empire (Bursa) [2014]
  • Goreme National Park and Cappadocia (Nevsehir) [1985]
  • Pamukkale-Hierapolis (Denizli) [1988