Turkey

Located partly in Asia and partly in Europe, at the crossroads of the Balkans, Caucasus, Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean, Turkey has always served as a bridge between multiple cultures. One of the world’s earliest permanently settled regions, Turkey is home to important Neolithic sites like Göbekli Tepe, which date back nearly 12,000 years. The region came under the influence of Greek culture during the the conquests of Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic period that followed (around 350 BC), then the Romans during the Byzantine period (around 400 AD), the Mongols, after the Mongol invasion of Turkey in the 12th century, and eventually the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century, which continued until the Ottoman empire was partitioned at the end of World War I. Following the Turkish war of independence, Turkey finally became an independent republic in 1923, under the leadership of the country’s first president, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Today, Turkey is a thriving, industrialized country and an important regional power. It is also one of the world’s most attractive tourist destinations with a wide range of attractions from pristine sandy beaches, to architectural wonders like the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, natural wonders like the caves of Cappadocia and the straits of Bosphorus which spans the continents of Asia and Europe, and historical treasures like the Roman and Greek ruins at Ephesus, Priene, Didyma and Euromos. The country also offers several amazing cultural experiences like shopping at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul or enjoying delicious Turkish coffee and cuisine at the food market in Kadikoy.

No matter what you are seeking – history, culture, nature, cuisine or just sun and sand – Turkey will not disappoint.


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