Facts about Turkey

Turkey was amongst some of the first countries to give women the right to vote. (Before America and most European countries)

Despite the appearance of camels at holiday resorts, there is no desert in Turkey and no native camels.

The famous Trojan Wars took place in Western Turkey, around the site where the Trojan horse rests today.

Turkey introduced coffee to Europe in the 1500’s

Saint Nicholas lived in Turkey, but Turks don’t celebrate Christmas

Jelly beans got started as an American form of Turkish delight

Most Turks didn’t have surnames until 1934.

Most Turks drink 10 or more cups of tea a day

Turks gave the Dutch their famous tulips

Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul is the world’s only city that is built on two continents. Over thousands of years of history in Istanbul was the capital of three great empires - Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman.

Turkey’s Black Sea coastline stretches for 1650 km. That’s the same distance as from Paris to Berlin.

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