Turkey is famous for its unique cuisine, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque and the city of Istanbul. Turkish cuisine is known for its use of spices, rice, vegetable stew and eggplant.Know More
The Sultan Ahmed mosque is popularly called the “Blue Mosque.” It was built by the Ottoman King Sultan Ahmed in 1609, with construction lasting for seven years.
The city of Istanbul is called the gateway to Europe. Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople, was the seat of power of the Byzantine Roman Empire. It sits between two continents with a bridge connecting the Asian and European halves of the city. The part of Turkey that lies in Asia is referred to as Anatolia, or Asia Minor. The legendary city of Troy is thought to have been in Turkey.Learn more about Europe
The Fertile Crescent is made up of sections of Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, Cyprus, Israel, Palestine, Egypt and a small portion of Iran. Before the countries gained their modern names, the central area was referred to as Mesopotamia, which is also called the cradle of civilization. The northern portion of the crescent was called Assyria, the far eastern end was called Elam, the western side was known as Phoenicia and the southernmost section was located around Egypt.Full Answer >
Present-day Ephesus, known as Efes in Turkey, is located near the town of Selcuk, about one hour’s drive south of Izmir. The ruins of the biblical city lie on the western edge of modern-day Turkey.Full Answer >
Some, but not all, of Turkey is in Europe. By the conventional definition, the part of Turkey that lies west of the Bosporus, the Sea of Marmara and the Dardanelles is in Europe, but the part of Turkey that lies to the east is in Asia.Full Answer >
The country of Turkey lies in both Asia and Europe. Western Turkey is geographically considered part of Europe. The 37th largest country in the world in land mass, Turkey is also considered part of the Middle East region of Asia.Full Answer >