Fun Facts and Information About Turkey


Turkey: The Land of Timeless Marvels and Mementos

Where else on the planet can you see a landscape filled with fabled palaces, ruined castles, and battlefields that still seem to smoke from the time of the Ottoman Empire? The fun facts and information about Turkey, the land of timeless marvels and mementos, is a conglomeration of juicy hearsay as well as verifiable folklore. The myths blend in with facts just like Istanbul, which blends two continents into one.

Ottoman cuisine
Ottoman cuisine

A journey through Turkey is not just about enjoying the beauty and the diversity that exists within the 9,000 species of plants that thrive in this exotic country, or by eating the delicious Ottoman cuisine, which tops menus in the markets and in the restaurants throughout the country. The fun facts and information about Turkey can start with işkembe soup the popular cure for the hangover as well as sitting in Turkey’s favorite food chain Simit Sarayi and eating simit, the sesame encrusted bread ring, but they don’t end there.

Everyone knows there’s fun in having an average of over fourteen sexual partners over the course of a lifetime afterall, Turkey is the most virile nation in the world. The tallest man in the world lives in Turkey. He over 8 feet tall and must have his own norms when it comes to virility. Some say the Turks can tell someone’s political associations from the shape of his moustache, but the meze which is a table filled with incredible treats needs no moustache. The locals never hesitate; they enjoy all of their passions.

The Oldest Human Settlement and the First Church Built by Man are in Turkey

Çatalhöyük at Çumra
Çatalhöyük at Çumra

The oldest human settlement and the first church built by man are in different cities in Turkey. Çatalhöyük at Çumra is about 27 miles south of Konya. It is considered the oldest human agricultural based settlement in the world dating back to the 10th Millenium B.C. The first church was built by the apostle St. Peter. St. Peter’s rock church is located in Antioch.

The Turks gave the Dutch a gift of Tulips in the 16th century and Holland found its passion. Tulips are native to Turkey and Central Asia. That gift eventually brought a “tulip fever” or “tulip mania” to Holland and the rest is history.

The first clay tablets were found in Turkey and writing was first used as a form of communication in ancient Anatolia. The first Neolithic paintings were found on man made walls in Çatalhöyük, and the birthplace of Homer, Herodotus, St. Paul, and King Midas is Anatolia. Julius Caesar uttered the words “Veni, Vidi, Vici, which means I came, I saw, I conquered, when he defeated the famous Black Sea kingdom of Pontus in Turkey.

Istanbul was the Last Stop on the Orient Express

The famous train station in Istanbul known as Sirkeci Train Station was the last stop for the Orient Express, which was nicknamed the “train of kings” and the “king of trains.” This iconic train traveled from Paris to Constantinople (Istanbul) from 1883 to 1977. Istanbul may have been the last stop for the Orient Express, but people never stop coming to Turkey to enjoy a part of the world that’s deeply rooted in Western as well as Eastern Culture.