Six things you must do in Izmir, Turkey
On a wide bay under a range of high hills halfway down Turkey's west coast is a big city with a long history.
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#1 May 20, 2012
Fun & Interesting Facts about Turkey
Turkey is officially known as the Republic of Turkey.
Turkey is a democratic, secular, unitary and constitutional republic.
The Republic of Turkey was founded on October 29, 1923, under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
Turkey is a member of the Council of Europe (1949), NATO (1952), OECD (1961), OSCE (1973) and the G20 industrial nations (1999).
Turkey became an associate member of European Union 1963 and reached a customs union agreement in 1995.
The capital of Turkey is Ankara, while its largest city is Istanbul.
The major religion of Turkey is Islam, while its official language is Turkish. Kurdish, Dimli and Azeri are also spoken in the country.
The monetary unit of Turkey is New Turkish lira.
The part of Turkey in Europe is called Thrace, while the part in Asia is called Anatolia.
The highest peak in Turkey is Mount Agri (5,166 m). It is also said to be the place where Noah's Ark came to rest.
The largest lake in Turkey is Lake Van.
Anatolia, the part of Turkey that is in Asia, was settled by Ionians (Greeks from Attica). It houses the Classical Greek Ionic column.
The Temple of Artemis (Diana), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, was in Ephesus.
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, in southwestern Turkey, was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
St Paul (Saul) was born in Tarsus, situated to the east of Mersin.
Istanbul, initially Constantinople, was the capital of the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire.
St. Peters Church, situated in Antioch (Antakya)- Turkey, is the first church built by man.
St. Nicholas was born in Demre, on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.
It were the Turks who introduced coffee to Europe.
Istanbul is the only city in the world that is spread over two continents.
Cherry was first introduced to Europe from Giresun (Northern Turkey).
All the Seven Churches of Apocalypse are situated in the Aegean region of Anatolia, namely Ephesus, Smyrna (Izmir), Pergamum, Thyatira (Nazilli), Sardis, Philadelphia (Alasehir) and Laodicea.
-The oldest known human settlement is in Catalhoyuk, Turkey (dating back to 7th millennium BC).
It was in ancient Anatolia that writing was first used by people.
The oldest tin mine in the world has been found in Göltepe, 60 miles to the south of Tarsus.
Turkey is the only secular Muslim country amongst all the Muslim countries in the world.
-Turkey is one of the few countries in the world that is agriculturally self-sufficient.
There are approximately 9,000 species of flowers in Turkey, out of which 3,000 are native..
#2 May 24, 2012
what about six things we should do in izmir?!!
#3 May 24, 2012
sing, sense, sit, seek, see, sail.
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