14 Surprising facts about Turkey1st September 2014
1. Mount Ararat in Turkey, is the legendary landing place of Noah's ark
The biblical Noah’s ark is believed to have landed on Mount Ararat.
2. Turkey is the only secular Muslim country among all the Muslim countries in the world.
3. Turkey is physically one of the highest countries in the world, the average height is 6,000 feet.
4. Turkeys (the birds) are named after Turkey
Historians believe that when Europeans first saw turkeys in America, they thought that the birds were a type of guineafowl, which were imported into Europe via Turkey (from Africa). So, they associated the birds with Turkey.
5. Tulips originate from Turkey
It is a common misconception that tulips come from Holland. In fact, Tulips are native to Turkey. In the 16th Century they were introduced to Holland from Turkey and quickly became widely popular.
6. Turkey is self sufficient
Turkey is considered as being one of the few countries in the world that is self-sufficient. If imports with other countries were to cease, Turkeys population would still be able to drink and eat most varieties of food as well as have access to fuel and energy.
7. The Turks first introduced Coffee to Europe.
From merchants and travelers who passed through Istanbul, Turkish coffee spread to Europe and ultimately to the rest of the world.
8. In the 15th century it was made legal in Turkey for a woman to file for divorce if her husband did not supply her with her daily cup of coffee.
9. Turkey’s Istanbul had been the capital of three of the world’s great empires: the Roman Empire, the Byzantine empire, and the Ottoman empire.
10. Istanbul is also one of the most ancient cities in the world,
It was founded back in the year 667 BC.
11. About 38% of Turkey's land is arable.
Large farms are concentrated mainly in the Konya, Adana, the Izmir regions.
12. Turkey is one of only seven countries to grow Opium poppies
Authorized under the 1961 UN Convention on Narcotic Drugs, Turkey is permitted to grow opium poppies for legitimate pharmaceutical purposes.
13. The most valuable silk carpet in the world is in the Mevlana Museum in Konya, Turkey
14. The first man ever to fly was Turkish.
In the 17th century Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi, flew from the Galata Tower over the Bosphorus to land in Usküdar, using two wings.
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