Trip Advisor’s 2014 Travellers Choice Awards ranked Turkey the Number 1 travel choice destination. At a glimpse, it’s easy to see why this country would appeal to so many: delicious food, spectacular sights and warm and welcoming people.  It serves as a bridge between Europe and Asia and was a major capital to the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires – truly any cultural-junkie’s paradise! A very unique and always enriching destination, Turkey is definitely one to tick of your bucket list.

A land of mystery, here are 12 things you may not have known about Turkey that may further peak your interest!

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The stunning Blue Mosque at dusk
    • The Turks answer their phones with ‘My Master?’ instead of Hello.
    • Attention caffeine addicts: meet the country behind this sweet and wonderful drug! It was the Turks that first introduced Europeans to coffee in the 1500s.
    • St. Peter’s Church in Antioch is believed to be the first church built by man.
    • Cappadocia was a place of shelter for early Christians looking to escape Roman persecution

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  • Though Turks don’t celebrate Christmas, St. Nicholas (aka Santa Claus) was born in Patara and later became the bishop of Demre, which is located on the Turkish Mediterranean Coast.
  • The Dutch are thankful to the Turks for giving them their famous tulips in the 16th century.
  • Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents.
  • Turkey has a lot of coastline. 1,650km worth of coastline to be exact, which is also the distance from Paris to Berlin.

 

Turquoise waters of the Turkish Riviera
Turquoise waters of the Turkish Riviera
  • Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is a truly lively area: 64 streets, 4,000 shops and 25,000 workers make up this market place
  • Ashure (also known as Noah’s Pudding) is a sweet and sour tasting pudding made of grains, nuts and fruits, believed to be the last meal that was served on Noah’s Ark.
  • ‘Cekoslovakyalilastiramadiklarimizdanmissiniz’, which loosely translates to ‘You are said to be one of those that we couldn’t manage to convert to a Czechoslovak’ is the longest word in Turkish
  • The House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus is the first church dedicated to Virgin Mary and is venerated by Christians AND Muslims.
Relics of Ephesus
Relics of Ephesus

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