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About Turkey

A Gateway to World of Possibilities

A country of incredible geographic diversity, modern infrastructure for the tourism industry, a rich cultural and historical heritage, competitively priced accommodations and top class facilities for travelers.

Turkey-just the name itself conjures up visions of oriental splendor, mystery and intrigue. This was the meeting point of the world's three great civilizations, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman, former center of Christendom, the crossroads of Asia and Europe. This land of seas, mountain ranges, high plateaus and fertile river valleys is the dividing line between the Orient and the Occident. It was also the nucleus of the 1,000-year Byzantine Empire with its capital established at Constantinople. It was here; too, that early Christianity first took root, to be replaced with the advent of Islam, first under the Arabs, then under the Seljuk Turks and the Ottoman Turks.

Here is a country with more classical ruins than Greece, more monuments of Islam than Arabia and more churches than Rome. But Turkey is not all history. Today's Turkey is a safe, modern country with a booming economy. Her cities with their glittering shopping facilities, business towers, and unparalleled combination of historical sights, state-of-the-art conference facilities and world class hotels make it the ideal destination for exciting and memorable congresses, meetings and incentives.

The tradition of Turkish hospitality declares that every traveler is a guest from God. Wherever you go in Turkey you will be greeted and cared for with generosity. As a nation looking boldly toward the future, Turkey is embracing its role, not as the dividing line between East and West, but rather as the bridge between them.

Here is a country where graceful minarets are silhouetted against the horizon, where ancient churches covered in fragrant honeysuckle stand unannounced next to the shimmering waters of the Aegean, where weatherworn monuments bear witness to 4,000 years of history. All of these sights and sounds and much more- are waiting for you to experience in one single country.

We are ready to welcome you. Come and see for yourself!

There, time becomes life
As in every country, the struggle man wages with nature to win his daily bread is also considered sacred in Turkey. Here daily life consists, on the one hand, of conforming to the needs of time, and on the other, of traces and colors of thousands of years of cultural accumulation. In Turkey, every passing second is new breath, in short, is life itself. And life is a river in Turkey that flows on and on.

There, time becomes a prayer
Turkey is one of the places on earth where God's messages were first heard and taught. From a religious point of view there are many places that are considered as holy. Yet, more important is the fact that Turkey is a country where the members of many religions and sects live together. Thus, it is a place where the teachings of all religions are brought to life. In this way, Turkey is a prayer offered by all religions with one voice for people's happiness and health.. And religion in Turkey means tolerance.

There, time becomes colors
Turkey is country where all the climates on earth find a home. Here, nature means diversity. Mountain and plain, forest and wilderness, sun and snow... contrasts turn into forms of beauty that astound those who observe them. A tree in the sparse, monotonous plain, a secluded bay, a snowy mountainside or a silent forest... Every look turns into a photograph which stirs in people, feelings for the pastoral life. And nature is a richness that increases as it lives in Turkey.

There, time becomes light.
Turkey is at the same time a country of light. Every object that the light shines upon at every moment of the day is reflected to the eye and to the spirit in a different form, and it offers illumination and beauty to people. And perhaps for this reason to watch the day begin at Nemrut Mountain is a tradition that has been sanctified over hundreds of years. The light is the blessing of Turkey's plains. It illuminates the caravan traveling from dreams to the world. It most often turns into the mirage that you want to rise up and follow. And maybe it loves most to play with the water, the light on the Turkish coast. It turns into the golden Phosphorescence glimmering on the sea.

There, time becomes history
There, time turns into history. Time gains meaning with people. And the traces people leave in time become history. If you ask where people first started to leave their mark in time, the answer, you will find in Turkey. The impressions of thousands of years of human history are found over every part of Turkey's geography. The signs of twenty-four civilizations on its landscape form an attractive interwoven motif.

There, time becomes happiness
Being able to rest to the heart's content is the greatest reward that can be received in return for work. On the question of recreation and holidays, Turkey has unrivalled opportunities to offer. The geographical diversity creates many options for tourism.

The abundance of historic sites, where life still continues, amazes the tourist who visits Turkey. Every moment spent resting in Turkey turns into happiness.

Did You Know that TURKEY...

  • is known as the Cradle of Civilization -in fact, many civilizations have been here since 9000BC.
  • is central to Europe, Asia and the Middle East
  • is a long-time member of NATO (since 1952)
  • has 3 sides with 3 major seas - the Black Sea, the Aegean, the Mediterranean
  • was known as Asia Minor; the Asian side of Turkey is known as Anatolia
  • witnessed the first known Human Rights Declaration in 1463, 485 years before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • is where Alexander the Great cut the intricate Gordian knot - a shortcut to ''solving difficult problems''
  • is where state insurance was first provided - for losses of tradesmen, before the 13th century
  • has 70% of its population under 35
  • is the original, and again today's, destination of the most celebrated and romantic train, The Orient Express
  • created the first business standardization for production, regions and trade agreements - in 1502. Today, it guarantees compensation any faulty product granted by its Standards lnstitute Stamp (TSE)
  • was the center of two of the major empires in history, Byzantine and Ottoman.
  • provides 70% of the world's hazelnuts - probably the nut in your chocolate bar was grown in Turkey
  • has a covered shopping area of 64 streets, 22 entrances, 25,000 workers, and is 650 years old - the famous Grand Bazaar
  • is the birthplace and home of St. Nicholas, (Demre-Myra) popularly known as Santa Claus
  • is the origin of the names of Paris, Philadelphia and Europe
  • was founded as a modern republic in 1923 by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, one of the greatest leaders in history
  • is where Noah's Ark landed, at Mount Ararat, in Eastern Turkey. The last meal on Noah's Ark, a pudding of sweet and sour taste (asure), is still served throughout Turkey
  • witnessed the first recorded international treaty, in 1284 BC
  • is the origin of the fabulous Iznik ceramic tiles, which were created at Lake Iznik, in northwestern Turkey, beginning in the 15th century. Many of the designs were inspired by the wall paintings from the Roman period
  • was inhabited from the 11th century AD by the Turks from Central Asia, who can be dated back to 4000 BC
  • is the location for two of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Temple of Artemis and the Mousoleum at Halicarnassus
  • has historical background in three of the world's major religions - Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
  • has the most valuable silk carpet in the world, in the Mevlana Museum, with 144 knots per sq. cm. In the 13th century, Marco Polo wrote "The best and handsomest of rugs are woven here, and also silks of crimson and other rich colors'
  • is said to have provided the water for the Garden of Eden - from its 2 great rivers -The Euphrates and The Tigris
  • is the birthplace of St. Paul - for centuries, the sick have drunk from the well of St. Paul, in Tarsus
  • provided its navy to rescue the Jewish people from persecution in Spain in 1492
  • was where a man first flew a significant distance using wings - across the Bosphorus
  • is the only country in the world straddling in two continents, Europe and Asia
  • gave the English language many words, including turquoise, parchment, yogurt, meander, angora
  • is the location of the city of Troy, of Homer fame, in Western Turkey, where the Trojan War was fought for ten years
  • had the world's first woman Supreme Court justice, and gave women the right to vote in 1934
  • held the first known beauty contest, judged by Paris, with Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena as leading participants
  • became a member of the UN in 1945
  • has a city called Mardin, located in the south eastern part of Turkey which is one of the few places where you can hear the native language of Jesus Christ, Aramaic. The final home of the Virgin Mary, to which she traveled with St. John, is located nearby
  • was producing wine as early as 4000 BC
  • has the first church ever built (St Peter's), in Antioch, southern Turkey. It is also the site of the oldest temple, at Urfa, dated between 8500 and 9000 BC
  • hosts children from all around the world each year on 23rd April, National Sovereignty and Children's Day, to ''honor and cherish freedom and independence of all people''
  • was, where the cherry was first found, by the Romans who planted it throughout the world, at Giresun (then Kerasos - from which the name comes), in the stunning Black Sea region
  • first introduced tulips to Holland, and today still supplies tulips to the world
  • has the earliest landscape painting, dating from 6200 BC
  • has the beautiful Bosphorus waterway dividing Europe and Asia with two great bridges, masses of ferries, and life sustaining access to Central Asia, Eastern Europe and Russia
  • has 9,000 species of flowers. It is also 80% mountainous; has an abundance of rivers and lakes; and has clear, turquoise blue waters on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts
  • has an F-16 Factory, the only one of its kind outside the USA
  • was the first to produce and use coins 2700 years ago
  • is the location of the Seven Churches of Asia
  • from comparative statistics is one of the safest countries in the world
  • is loaded with first-class conference facilities, and five star hotels
  • is derived from the same language family as Finish and Hungarian
  • has the youngest population in Europe
  • has the first church dedicated to Virgin Mary, in Ephesus
  • has many beaches which have the "Blue Flag" (a European award for the best clean water) on the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts
  • has the oldest known human settlement in Catalhoyuk (7th millennium BC)
  • introduced coffee to Europe
  • is noted for having one of the three most famous and distinctive traditional cuisines in the world
  • has the oldest tin mine, that was found in Goltepe, 60 miles south of Tarsus
  • has the first Neolithic paintings, that were found on man-made walls are in Catalhoyuk
  • is the place where Julius Caesar proclaimed his celebrated words, "Veni, Vidi, Vici" (I came, I saw, I conquered) when he defeated the Pontus, a formidable kingdom in the Black Sea region of Turkey.
  • is the home of the female goddesses like Cybele dominated the Central Anatolian pantheon for thousands of years before these supernatural powers were transformed to male gods
  • is where the oldest known shipwreck on earth was excavated by a team headed by Don Frey in Ulu Burun near Kas
  • is where for the first time in history in 640 BC, coins made of electrum were used by the Lydians in Sardis (Sart)
  • is where Early Christians escaping from Roman persecution sheltered in Cappadocia
  • is where Istanbul houses the historical building of Sirkeci Train Station. This served as the last stop of the Simplon-Orient Express "king of trains and the train of kings" between Paris and Istanbul from 1883 to 1977
  • is where the number of species of flowers is approximately 9,000, of which 3,000 are endemic, In Europe for instance there are 11,500 species
  • is where the number of archaeological excavations going on every year is at least 150
  • is where Abraham was born (Sanliurfa)
  • is the birthplace of historic legends, such as Homer (the poet), King Midas - ' the Midas Touch' turned everything to gold
  • is the place St John, St Nicholas, St Paul and St Peter all lived and prayed (Southern Anatolia) has southwestern shore which part of it was a wedding gift that Mark Antony gave to Cleopatra
  • is the birthplace of Homer. Was born in Izmir on the west coast of Turkey and he depicted Troy in his Epic the Iliad
  • is the birthplace of Aesop-famous for his fables and parables
  • Leonardo da Vinci drew designs for a bridge over the Bosphorus, the strait that flows through Europe and Asia. It was never built.
  • has the oldest American school outside the United States, Istanbul's Robert College (established in 1863)
  • is the place First Ecumenical Council was held (Iznik)
  • is the origin of the names of Paris, Philadelphia and Europe
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