10 Facts about Turkey you never knew

Facts about Turkey you never knew


You probably didn't know Turkey's real name, you might have been confused about which city is the capital, and you probably thought tulips came from the Netherlands. It turns out, you were probably wrong. There is a lot more to Turkey than meets the eye - between the beaches and bustling markets lies a wealth of interesting history filled with religious and literary figures, civil war and a multitude of languages. Here are 20 facts about Turkey you probably never knew.

Turkey is responsible for 80% of the world's hazelnut exports

It is believed that the Noah's ark has been in Mount Ararat in Turkey

Turkish ice cream is unlike any other dessert of its kind anywhere in the world. Known as maras dondurma, its unique ingredients and dense texture comes from a recipe dating back hundreds of years.

The first ever Christian church built by man is in Antioch, Turkey

Istanbul's Grand Bazaar has 64 streets, 4.000 shops and 25.000 workers.

Jelly is a candy, made out of inspiration from Turkish Delight.

Santa Claus (St. Nicholas) was born in Patara, Turkey

Tulips were introduces to Europe by Turkish traders in 16th century

Turkey was birthplace of historical figures such as Aesop, Homer and St. Paul the Apostle

Istanbull is the world's only city spanning two continents and only 3% of Turkey is in Europe

With its long and rich history where civilizations and empires, as well as various ethnicities and religions, all left their marks, Turkey is a country that never ceases to beguile. Whether it’s an ancient site that contradicts historical facts or the world’s second oldest railway, there’s a lot you don’t know about this land.

Between 1502 and 1503, Sultan Beyazid II solicited Leonardo da Vinci to design a bridge that would span the Golden Horn. Following the three geometric principles of the pressed-bow, parabolic curve and keystone arch, da Vinci’s design would have been the world’s longest bridge at that time, but the sultan did not approve it.