15 Interesting Facts about Turkey

Turkey or Republic of Turkey is a country located mainly in Western Asia(large portion) and Southeast Europe(small portion). Read to know interesting and amazing facts about Turkey.

Turkey or Republic of Turkey is a country located mainly in Western Asia(large portion) and Southeast Europe(small portion). Here are some interesting and amazing facts about Turkey.


1. Turkey Name Fact

The name of the country Turkey means "land of the Turks". The english name Turkey is derived (via Old French Turquie) from the Medieval Latin Turchia, Turquia; and GreekΤουρκία.


2. Capital and Largest city of Turkey

Ankara is the capital of Turkey while Istanbul is the largest city of Turkey.


3. Historical Istanbul

Istanbul was the capital of three empires, the Roman empire, the Ottoman empire and the Byzantine Empire for about 2,000 years:


4. Languages

Turskish is the official language of Turkey. Languages like Kurmanji, Arabic, Zaza and Kabardian are also widely spoken here.


5. Neighbours of Turkey

There are total eight neighbours countries that are bordered by Turkey . These are Greece and Bulgaria in Europe, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia in the Caucuses, and Iran, Iraq, and Syria in the Middle East.


6. Turkey is Troy

The place where Turkey present today is ancient city of Troy. The great Trojan war took place here.


7. Two of Seven Wonders of World are in Turkey
There are two wonders of world in Turkey. They are the Temple of Artemis and Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.


8. Grand Bazaar Of Istanbul

There is a marketplace called Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey. It is a very big marketplace where you can buy almost anything you want to buy. There are total 64 streets, 4000 shops and 25000 working people in the Grand Bazaar.


9. Santa Claus is from Turkey

Turkey is the home of Santa Claus. Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus was born in Turkey.


10. UNESCO World Heritage Sites

There are seventeen UNESCO World Heritage Sites found in Turkey. The name of these sites are Aphrodisias, Archaeological Site of Ani, Archaeological Site of Troy, Bursa and Cumalıkızık: the Birth of the Ottoman Empire, City of Safranbolu, Diyarbakır Fortressand Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape, Ephesus, Göbekli Tepe, Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia, Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği, Hattusha: the Hittite Capital, Hierapolis-Pamukkale, Historic Areas of Istanbul, Nemrut Dağ, Neolithic Site of Çatalhöyük, Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape, Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex and Xanthos-Letoon.


11. Turkish peoples are very patriotic

The peoples of Turkey are very patriotic. You will never see them to complain or say bad and nasty things about their country.


12. Vote for Womens

Turkey was one of the first countries that allowed women to vote.


13. Funny Ice-Cream Sellers

The ice cream street sellers of Turkey are also perform funny tricks to attract visitors toward their shop.


14. First Known University

The first ever university known to man is located in Harran, Turkey.


15. First Man-Made Church

The first man-made Christian Church was discovered in Antioch, Turkey.

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