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
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 >
As of May 2014, Turkey is in the process of joining the European Union and is not formally considered to be part of Europe from a political standpoint, but geographically, this nation straddles the border between Europe and Asia, lending ambiguity to Turkey's continental identity. Istanbul, the nation's largest city, is actually situated in both Europe and Asia."Full Answer >
Turkey has had a republican parliamentary democracy since the abolition of the Ottoman Empire in 1923. Mustafa Kemal was instrumental in the creation of this new Turkish Republic and was its first president.Full Answer >