Ten fun facts about Turkey


Fact 1
Western Turkey was the site of the famous Trojan Wars. The Trojan horse rests there to this day.

Fact 2
The cave church of St Peter is located in Antakya, Turkey and is considered to be one of the oldest churches in the world. Some sections date way back to the 4th or 5th century.

Fact 3
It was on Eastern Turkey’s Mount Ararat that Noah’s Ark landed. This mountain is also called Agri Dagi.


Fact 4
Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul is the world’s only city that is built on two continents.

Fact 5
Goltepe which is situated 60 miles to the south of Tarsus houses the world’s oldest tin mine.

Fact 6
Catalhovuk in Turkey is where the first Neolithic paintings were found on man-made walls.

Fact 7
Turkey’s Mediterranean region is the site of the world’s oldest shipwreck. It was excavated in Uluburun which is situated near Kas.

Fact 8
Julius Caesar uttered the famous words, “Veni, Vidi, Vici” when he defeated Pontus in Turkey. This Black Sea region was considered to be a very formidable kingdom.

Fact 9
A total of 472 species of birds have been recorded in Turkey. Of these 70 are accidental or rare ones and only four have actually been introduced to the country by humans.

Fact 10
Ranked in order of area, Turkey is the 37th largest country in the world. It is bordered by three different seas – the Black Sea, the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.


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Short about Turkey
Is a transcontinental country largely located in Western Asia on Anatolia and on Southeastern Europe on East Thrace.


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Population
76,667,864

Sources
CIA The World Factbook



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