Top 10 interesting and amazing facts about Turkey
Turkey is an amazing state that has occupied a unique geographical position, lying partially in Asia and, partially in Europe. Throughout the historical period, it has played as equally a barrier and a bridge between the two continents. It is well-known as the Republic of Turkey was once part of the Ottoman Empire until World War I. The Turkish War of freedom followed by it and then, it 1923 came into the Republic of Turkey with Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was the first president of the state. Turkey has many interesting and amazing facts about turkey.
Istanbul is Europe’s largest city in Turkey, but half of it extends into the continent of Asia. The oldest name of Istanbul was Ankara which, became the capital after the Ottoman Empire fell. The official language of Turkey is Turkish but, there are over 30 minority languages also spoken across the state, including Kurmanji, Mesopotamian Arabic, and Zazaki, etc. The interesting fact that Istanbul is the largest and famous city of Turkey which, has divided into two continents. consequently, this makes Istanbul the unique city on Earth that built on two continents.
10: 6 million Turkish soldiers joined World War I
Ottoman Empire has ruled over Turkey in history. During World War I, the Ottoman Empire recruited around 2.6 million soldiers. During this war Turkish 325,000 soldiers died, 400,000 became injured, while more than 200,000 were imprisoned. The losses have suffered by the Ottoman Empire by 1918 were essential to the ultimate dissolution of the kingdom in 1921.
09: The famous Turkish delight
One of the interesting facts of Turkey is its delight which, is famous all over the world. The Turkish sweet delight or Lokum is a bakery product that is based on a gel of starch and sugar. This rubbery cornstarch-thickened with sweet was firstly produced in Istanbul in 1777. Additionally, the Turkish delight also reached in the United States in the 19th century, which inspired by jelly bean production.
08: Tulips are Turkey’s national flowers
Beside amazing and interesting facts, you know Turkey was the first state which introduced tulips to Europe during the 17th Century. After that tulips became the national flower of the state since it’s native to Turkey. The word “tulip” also originated from the Turkish terminology for ‘tülbend’, indicating gauze or muslin.
07: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is a national hero
In turkey throughout the history, many strong rulers and war chiefs related with the different empires have ruled over here. But Mustafa Kemal Ataturk has gained respect as a national hero of Turkey. He was a national hero that unified the state and founded what is known as modern Turkey. He also became the first president from 29th October 1923 until he died in 1938.
06: Turkey is the largest producer of hazelnuts
Hazelnuts come from the Corylus tree and which have enriched multiple nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin E, healthy fats, and much more. It’s also a great source of antioxidants that are used in confectionery to make praline. That made with the combination of chocolate and hazelnut. The interesting fact that Turkey is one of the largest producers of hazelnuts around the world.
05: Turkey introduced coffee to Europe
Coffee is a distilled drink prepared from roasted coffee beans. Today’s generation likes it a lot, you know who initially introduced the coffee to the world. Turk was the first nation that was the pioneer of coffee. The Ottomans left a bunch of coffee in Vienna when they fled after losing a battle with European powers.
04: The second oldest underground rail tunnel
Besides other interesting facts, Turkey has the second oldest underground rail tunnel. This tunnel is in Istanbul and goes beneath the Bosphorus. It was accomplished in 1875, just before 12 years when the oldest underground rail tunnel completed in London.
03: Highest consumers of tea
It has observed that Turks are the highest consumers of tea. You know roughly 96% of the total population drinks at least 1 cup of tea every day. Through estimation, we find that almost 3 kilos of tea per person a year. So during the tour to Turkey, you should not miss the traditional tea experience.
02: Oil wrestling is the national sport
Every nation has several national sports you know Turks’ national sports is oil wrestling. The spectacle of two bulky men stripped to the waist, doused with olive oil, and grappling under the burning Thracian sun is a 654-year-old sporting custom and sight to behold. Camel wrestling tournaments also held during the Aegean region in winter. Bull wrestling near the Black Sea is also popular here.
01: Turkey has packed with cultural heritage
Turkey has many cultural heritages and there are 13 spots which have inscribed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites and a whopping 62 on the tentative list. They have a Mesolithic church to a Biblical town to a World War One arena which, is making Turkey the sixth most-visited tourist places all around the world.