Did You Know That?

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Did you know that Turkey…

 has a city called Mardin, located in the south eastern part of Turkey, which is one of the few places where you can hear Aramaic, the native language of Jesus Christ

 hosts the final home of the Virgin Mary, to which she traveled with St. John

 has the first church ever built (St. Peter's), in Antioch, southern Turkey. It is also the site of the oldest temple, at Urfa, dated between 8500 and 9000 BC

 has what is said to be the first church of Virgin Mary, in Ephesus, which is blessed by the pope

 is the place where the First Ecumenical Council was held (Iznik), which stated that Christ and the Father were of one substance

 is the birthplace of St. Nicholas, (Demre-Myra) popularly known as Santa Claus, St. Paul (Tarsus – Antioke) and Abraham (Sanliurfa)

 is where Noah's Ark is thought to be landed, at Mount Ararat, in Eastern Turkey. The last meal on Noah’s Ark, a pudding of sweet and sour taste (asure), is still served throughout Turkey



Did you know that Turkey…

 witnessed the first known Human Rights Declaration in 1463, 485 years before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 witnessed the first recorded international treaty, in 1284 BC

 was producing wine as early as 4000 BC

 is where for the first time in history in 640 BC, coins made of electrum were produced and used by the Lydians in Sardis (Sart)

 provides 70% of the world's hazelnuts - probably the nuts in your chocolate bar were grown in Turkey



Did you know that Turkey…

 is where Alexander the Great cut the intricate Gordian knot - a shortcut to ''solving difficult problems''

 was the center of two of the major empires in history, Byzantine and Ottoman.

 is where the names of Paris, Philadelphia and Europe originate  

 gave the English language many words, including turquoise, parchment, yogurt, meander and angora

 is the location of the city of Troy, of Homer’s famous Illiad, in Western Turkey, where the Trojan War was fought for ten years

 is derived from the same language family as Finish and Hungarian

 has the oldest American school outside the United States, Istanbul's Robert College (established in 1863)

 is the birthplace of Homer (Izmir) and Aesop?

 is the place where Julius Caesar proclaimed his celebrated words, "Veni, Vidi, Vici" (I came, I saw, I conquered) when he defeated the Pontus, a formidable kingdom in the Black Sea region of Turkey.

 once was subject to a design from Leonardo da Vinci for a bridge over the Bosphorus, the strait that flows through Europe and Asia. It was never built (see the model here)

 has the oldest known human settlement in Catalhoyuk (7th millennium BC)



Did you know that Turkey…

 was known as Asia Minor; the Asian side of Turkey is known as Anatolia

 has 70% of its population under 35

 is the location for two of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Temple of Artemis and the Mousoleum at Halicarnassus

 hosts Istanbul,  the only city in the world straddling in two continents, Europe and Asia