Turkey is the land of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Republic of Turkey, and the first president of Turkey. Owing to his steadfast beliefs of secularism, equality, and freedom of speech, Turkey is probably the only Muslim majority country without any glaring instances of zealotry and extremism.
Moreover, Turkey is blessed with a unique culture and is a perfect blend of traditions and modernization. Having cultural connections with Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, it is also home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, a former Christian Cathedral.
Curious to know more about Turkey and its culture?
Here are some interesting and awe-inspiring facts about Turkey.
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1. Turkey has more than 130 peaks over 3000 meter
Turkey is home to almost 130 peaks, which are over 9,800 feet. Turkey’s highest mountain is Palandoken, which is 10,200 feet tall.
2. Seeds were first sown in Turkey
Seeds were first sown in turkey around 11,000 years ago in south-central Turkey. There is also enough evidence of wheat and barley.
3. Istanbul is the only city in the world which exists in two continents
Istanbul exists in two continents – Europe and Asia.
4. The National sport of Turkey is oil wrestling
Oil wrestling is a very unique kind of wrestling in which both the opponents douse themselves with olive oil and fight.
5. Santa Claus was born in Turkey
St. Nicholas (commonly known as Santa Claus) was born in Patara in the southwestern part of Turkey.
6. Turkey is the largest producer of Hazelnuts
Hazelnut is grown on Corylus trees in Turkey in large amounts.
7. Land of Mosques
99% of the Turkish population is Muslim. There are 82,693 mosques in Turkey.
8. Turks love Facebook
Turkey has the third highest number of Facebook users after the USA and UK, approximately 14 million users.
9. Istanbul’s grand bazaar is the world’s largest outdoor market
Istanbul’s grand bazaar is the world’s largest outdoor market, with 64 streets, 4000 shops, and 25,000 workers. It was built in the 15th century by Ottoman Sultan Mehmed.
10. Turkey was one of the first countries that allowed women to vote
Turkish women’s achieved voting rights in local elections on 3 April 1930. In Turkey, women and men are given equal rights except for suffrage.
So this is it!
These were some of the most interesting and unique facts about Turkey!
Hope you now know a little bit more about Turkey than you did at the beginning of the article.
How many of these facts did you already know? Let us know in the comments section below!
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