Explore Turkey - A Nation that bridges Continents

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25 Amazing facts about TurkeyFact 1: Turkey is the only country in the world that is located on two continents: Asia and Europe.

Fact 2: Istanbul, formerly Constantinople, is the only city in the world that straddles two continents.

Fact 3: The Turkish city of Troy was the setting for Homer's epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey.

Fact 4: The world's oldest known temple, Göbekli Tepe, is located in southeastern Turkey and dates back to around 9600 BCE.

Fact 5: Turkey is home to the ancient city of Ephesus, known for its well-preserved Roman ruins, including the Library of Celsus.

Fact 6: Turkish cuisine is renowned for dishes like kebabs, baklava, and Turkish delight.

Fact 7: The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world.

Fact 8: Turkey has unique underground cities, such as Derinkuyu and Kaymaklı, carved into the Cappadocia region's soft volcanic rock.

Fact 9: Mount Ararat in Turkey is believed by some to be the final resting place of Noah's Ark.

Fact 10: Turkish tea is a cultural staple, and the country is one of the world's top tea consumers.

Fact 11: The Whirling Dervishes, a Sufi Muslim order, originated in Turkey and perform a mesmerizing dance called the Sama.

Fact 12: Turkish coffee, known for its strong and finely ground beans, is an integral part of Turkish culture.

Fact 13: The ancient city of Troy, mentioned in Homer's Iliad, is located on the western coast of Turkey.

Fact 14: The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul has a history as a church, mosque, and now a museum, showcasing various periods of Turkish history.

Fact 15: Turkey has 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the archaeological site of Troy and the historic areas of Istanbul.

Fact 16: Turkish baths, or hammams, are a traditional part of Turkish culture, offering a unique bathing experience.

Fact 17: The Turkish Riviera, also known as the Turquoise Coast, is famous for its stunning beaches and clear blue waters.

Fact 18: The Turkish alphabet is based on the Latin alphabet and was introduced in 1928 by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Fact 19: Turkey is home to Mount Nemrut, where colossal statues stand on a summit built by King Antiochus I of Commagene.

Fact 20: Turkish oil wrestler, or Yağlı güreş, is a traditional sport where wrestlers compete by dousing themselves in olive oil.

Fact 21: Turkey is one of the world's leading producers of hazelnuts, and it's a key ingredient in Nutella.

Fact 22: The ancient city of Hierapolis in Pamukkale is known for its terraces of hot springs and the well-preserved theater.

Fact 23: Turkish delight, or lokum, is a popular sweet treat made from sugar, starch, and various flavors.

Fact 24: The annual oil-wrestling festival, Kirkpinar, is one of the world's oldest sporting events, dating back to 1362.

Fact 25: The Turkish Van cat breed, known for its distinctive color pattern and love for water, originated in eastern Turkey.

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