Did You Know ?
1) 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.
2)The first church built by man (St. Peters Church) is in Antioch (Antakya), Turkey.
3) 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 (Firat) rise from the mountains of Eastern Turkey.
4) Noahs Ark landed on Mount Ararat (Agri Dagi) in Eastern Turkey.
5)The last meal on Noahs Ark, a pudding of sweet and sour taste (asure), is still served throughout Turkey.
6) 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 1284 BC.
7) St. Nicholas, also known as Santa Claus, was born in Demre, on Turkeys Mediterranean Coast.
8) The first church dedicated to Virgin Mary is in Ephesus.
9) Early Christians escaping from Roman persecutions found shelter in Cappadocia.
10) The First Ecumenical Council was held in Iznik, Turkey.
11) Tradition in Turkey says that a stranger at ones doorstep is considered "Gods guest" for at least three days.
12) Turkey is noted for having one of the three most famous and distinctive traditional cuisines in the world.
13) Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents.
14) Istanbul has the historical building of Sirkeci Train Station. This was the last stop of the Simplon-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.
15) The oldest tin mine was found in Göltepe, 60 miles south of Tarsus.
16) The first Neolithic paintings found on man-made walls are in Catalhöyük, Turkey.
17) Anatolia is the birthplace of historic legends, such as Homer (the poet), King Midas, Herodotus (the father of history), and St. Paul the Apostle.
18) King Midas lived in Gordion, capital of Phrigia.
19) Female goddesses like Cybele dominated the Central Anatolian pantheon for thousands of years before these supernatural powers were transformed to male gods.
20) The Hittites sold Abraham the cave where he buried his wife Sarah, when the Israelites came to Palestine.
21) Turks introduced coffee to Europe.
22) Cherry was first introduced to Europe from Giresun (Northern Turkey)
23) Turkey has hundreds beaches and marinas which have the "Blue Flag" (an European award for the best clean water) on the Mediterranean and Aegean.
24) Ephesus and Halicarnasus (the place for the two of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world) are in Turkey.
25) The oldest known shipwreck on Earth was found and excavated in Uluburun near Kas, in the Mediterranean region of Turkey.
26) 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.
27) Julius Caesar proclaimed his celebrated words, "Veni, Vid, Vici (I came, I saw, I conquered)" in Turkey when he defeated the Pontus, a formidable kingdom in the Black Sea region of Turkey.
28) Alexander the Great cut the Gordian knot near Ankara. The double knotting technique used in Turkish rugs is also called as Gordian Knot.
29) The oldest known human settlement is in Catalhoyuk, Turkey (7th Millenium B.C.)
30) Turks gave the Dutch their famous tulips.
31) The famous Trojan Wars took place in Western Turkey, around the site where the Trojan horse rests today.
32) Sultan Beyazit 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.
33) 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.
34) The number of species of flowers in Turkey is approximately 9,000, of which 3,000 are endemic. In Europe for instance there are 11,500 species. This shows the richness of flora and fauna in Anatolia.