About Turkey, buying property abroad
Turkey has become a very popular country for buying property abroad with more and more nationals visiting the country each year.
Turkey is where the East meets the West connecting South East Europe and SouthWest Asia cradling cultures and civilisations for centuries.
The European side of Turkey comprises of an area equal to the state of Massachusetts and the Asian side is about the size of Texas with Turkey being surrounded by the Mediterranean, Black and Aegean Sea.
Following world war II Turkey became a founding member of the United Nations and has been an associate member of the European Union since 1963, however Turkey has not been accepted as a full member of EU as yet. Turkey is also a member NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation)
Interesting Facts about Turkey
- Turkey is NOT called Turkey. It is actually called 'The Republic of Turkey' - since 1923
- Turkey is responsible for 80% of the worlds hazelnut exports.
- The first EVER christian church built by man was in Antioch, Turkey.
- St Nicholas (Santa Claus) was born in Patara, Turkey.
- Up until 1934, most Turkish people did not have surnames
- Ankara is the capital of Turkey, not Istanbul.
- Turkish Alphabet does not have an X or Q.
- Only 3% of Turkey is in Europe.
- Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and built on land in the Bosporus seaway
- Istanbul is the only city in the world that spans two continents.
- Fez hats were banned in Turkey in 1925.
- Tulip flowers were introduced to Europe by Turkish traders in the 16th century.
- The oldest known shipwreck was found and excavated in Kas, Turkey.
- There is a city in Turkey called 'Batman'
- The Turkish people introduced coffee to Europe.
- At least 150 archaeological excavations happen in Turkey each year.
- The last home of virgin Mary is in Selcuk near Ephesus.
- Mark Anthony gave Cleopatra a part of Turkey's South Western shore as part of a wedding gift.
- Mount Ararat is the highest mountain in Turkey and considered to be sacred and believed to be where Noah beached his ark after the great flood.