- The land of ancient Asia Minor or Anatolia
is where Turkey is located today.
- Many city names such as: Philadelphia, Paris, Troy and the continent
of Europe were originated in Anatolia.
- Coins made of electrum were used by the Lydians in 640 BC for the
first time in history.
- The earliest landscape painting showing the eruption of a volcano
can be found in Catalhoyuk, Turkey and is approximately 8,000 years
Artemis Temple- One of the 7 wonders of the world
- King Midas was from Anatolia.
- Alexander the Great cut the Gordian knot near Ankara. The double
knot in Turkish carpets is called the Gordian knot. There is also
a delicious dish named for Alexander the Great and is called "Iskender
- Two of the Seven Wonders of the World stood in Anatolia: the temple
of Artemis at Ephesus and the Mausoleum at Halicarnasus (Bodrum).
- Julius Caesar pronounced the words: "I came, I saw, I conquered"
near Ankara in 47 BC.
- Anatolia was the first major stronghold of Christianity. In the
Book of Genesis, at the Garden of Eden you will find the Tigris and
Euphrates. Rivers that are today called "Dicle" and "Firat"
respectively. Both are located in eastern Turkey.
- The seven churches of the Apocalypse were situated in Anatolia:
Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira,
Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.
One of the 7 wonders of the world
- Mount Ararat is in Eastern Anatolia. Ararat is the place where it is said
that Noah's Ark came to rest after the great flood.
- St.Paul was born in Tarsusi, in southern Turkey .
- St. Nicholas, known as "Santa Claus" was the bishop of Myra in Demre,
- Sultan Beyazit II accepted the Jewish community which were expelled from
Spain in 1492 and dispatched the Ottoman navy to bring them to Turkey.
- Tulips were introduced to Holland from Anatolia.
- The first human ever to attempt to fly was Turkish; he tried this during
the 7th century.
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