21 facts you may not know about Turkey
If you want to get to know this country and its accomplishments, we recommend reading this article.
Turkey is one of the richest countries in the world culturally, historically and geographically in the world, which makes it occupies the sixth rank among the best tourist destinations in the world, but despite this wide popularity enjoyed by Turkey, there is some information that the reader may not know about, we gathered it in the following points.
1- There are 82,693 mosques in Turkey, which is the largest number of mosques in one country in the world.
Most Turkish mosques are located in Istanbul, the largest Turkish city. Among the most important of these mosques is the Blue Mosque, which is one of the most important tourist attractions in Turkey.
2- Turkey is the world’s largest producer and exporter of hazelnuts And there is a great global demand for Turkish hazelnuts, because it is the finest in the world.
Turkey produces 70% of world output and exports 80% of its production.
3- There is a special bond that binds Turkey and Australia despite the vast distance between them, as approximately 70,000 Australian residents have Turkish roots.
According to the 2016 Australia Census Report, about 33,000 Australian children were born in Turkey.
4 – There are common denominators between the Australian cities of Adana and Sydney, Australia.
Many Turks and Australians celebrate the event in Gallipoli every year.
5- A common misconception is that the Netherlands is the original home for tulips or tulips. It is true that the Turks discovered tulips in the tenth century AD, and Turkey was the first country to grow it, and then introduced it to Europe in the seventeenth century.
6- Anatolia region of Turkey has been growing cherry fruit since 72 BC. Then the cherry knew his way to Rome later.
7- Al Raqum Halqoom Dessert is the oldest Turkish dessert dating back 500 years.
This dessert was a favorite of Napoleon Bonaparte and Winston Churchill. Pablo Picasso, a world painter, used to eat it while he was resting.
8- One of the most exciting things about Turkey is the Noah candy known as Ashura.
It is said that the origin of this Turkish dessert belongs to the family of the Prophet Noah, peace be upon him.
Myths say that when Noah’s Ark reached a safe place near Mount Ararat in northeastern Turkey and fled the flood, Noah’s family celebrated a special kind of grain, nuts, and fruit, and this sweets later became known as Noah’s Sweets.
9- Turkish cuisine has been greatly affected by Middle Eastern, Balkan and Central Asian cuisine. Ottoman chefs in ancient times enriched Turkish food using ingredients such as:
pepper and sweet pepper.
10. Among the seven ancient wonders of the ancient world, there are two in Turkey:
the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, and the second, the shrine of Halicarnassus.
11- UNESCO World Heritage Sites include 15 heritage sites of tourist attractions in Turkey, which is the largest number of sites among the countries of the world as a whole.
Among these sites are the walls of :
the gardens of Al-Hosel
the Grand Mosque
Sultan Suleiman II Mosque
the city of Chatel Huyuk
the Pamukkale fountains
the historic city of Leyton.
12- An interesting fact about Turkey is that the traditional Turkish baths were designed after the Roman and Byzantine baths dating back to the seventh century AD.
13- The Turkish coast consists of 383 beaches and 21 berths according to international environmental standards. Turkey’s beaches are ranked third in the world.
Among these beaches are 197 beaches in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya. Antalya is proud that most of its beaches have a blue beach flag.
14- Saint Nicholas Mira, known internationally as Santa Claus, was a Christian bishop in the city of Lecia, which was part of the Byzantine Empire in historical times, and is located in Turkey now.
Turkey is one of the largest biodiversity centers in the world. It is home to about 10 thousand plant species out of 13,000 plant species in Europe.
Turkey is characterized by the largest variety of birds among the countries of Eurasia. It has 9000 species of flowers, while the whole of Europe has 11,500 types of flowers.
Turkey is said to discover a new species of plants every ten days.
16- The Tarbush was part of the Turkish national identity and the pride and pride of the Turks, until the ban on wearing it was issued on 30 August 1925.
17- Turkey is the first country in the world to build an underground mosque at a depth of 7 meters from the surface. The Sanjaklar Mosque is located in Istanbul, and the mosque has won first place among religious places around the world in the global architecture competition.
18- The Gopikli Peak, located on the highest hilltop of a mountain site in southeast Anatolia, is the oldest religious temple built by humans 11,600 years ago.
It is the finest and oldest example of mountain architecture in the world.
19- There are no desert in Turkey, and it is clear that the camels are not indigenous animals.
20- The name Julius Caesar is historically associated with Turkey.
He said his famous phrase “Vini, Vidi, Vici” which means “I came, I saw, invaded” upon his victory over the Kingdom of Benotos in the Black Sea region in Turkey.
21- Another less known fact about Turkey is that many Turks drink at least 10 cups of tea per day. Europeans owe their culture of coffee to Turkey, because Turkey introduced coffee to Europe in the fifteenth century.