1. The original name of the country has been Republic of Turkey since 1923.
  2. The famous Trojan Wars took place in Western Turkey an d the great ancient Greek cities such as Troy, Ephesus, Pergamon and many more are all located in the western coast of Turkey now.
  3. St. Peter’s Church, the first christian church ever built by man, is in Antioch (Hatay), in the southeastern of Turkey.
  4. Santa Claus (St. Nicholas) is from Turkey as he was born in Patara, the South of Turkey.
  5. Turkey has dozens of minority languages and education in Turkish and Kurdish is available for all.
  6. It is Turkey that gifted tulips to the world. Ottomans introduced tulips to Dutch.
  7. There are 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Turkey.
  8. Despite the appearences of camels at holiday resorts, there is no desert or native camel in Turkey.
  9. The tunnel in Karakoy, Istanbul is the world’s second oldest underground  railway. It started operation in 1875.