"Best Kept Secret (by Christopher Lawrence)" Turkey Favorite Tip by Sharrie

Turkey General: 528 reviews and 494 photos


Favorite thing: Did you khow that Turkey ...

> Is known as the Cradle of Civilisation - in fact, many civilisations have been here since before 9000 BC.

> Was known as Asia Minor; the Asian side of Turkey is known as Anatolia.

> Witnessed the 1st recorded international treaty - in 1284 BC.

> Witnessed the 1st known Human Rights Declaration, in 1463, 485 years before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

> Is a long time member of NATO (since 1952).

> Became a member of the UN as early as 1945.

> Is uniquely in 2 continents - Europe & Asia.

> Borders 3 major seas - the Black Sea, the Aegean, the Mediterranean.

> Has a city, Mardin, 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 the location of the Seven Churches of Asia.

> Has the 1st church ever built (St. Peter's) in Antioch, southern Turkey. It is also the site of the oldest temple at Urfa, dated between 8500 & 9000 BC.

> Is the location of 2 of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World - the Temple of Artemis & the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.

> Is the location of the city of Troy in the west of the country, where the Trojan War was fought for 10 years.

> Is the birthplace of St. Paul: for centuries, the sick have drunk from the well of St. Paul in Tarsus.

> Is the birthplace & home of St. Nicholas - popularly known as Santa Claus.

> Is the birthplace of King Midas, who turned everything into gold.

> Was the center of 2 major empires in history, the Byzantine & Ottoman Empire.

> Was inhabited from the 11th century AD by Turks from Central Asia, whose origins date back to 4000 BC.

> Is where state insurance was 1st provided fro tradesmen who suffered losses before the 13th century.

> Is the origin of the names of Paris, Philadelphia & Europe.

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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