10 Interesting Facts About Turkey 3

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  1. The First Ecumenical Council was held in Iznik, Turkey.
  2. The oldest known human settlement is in Catalhoyuk, Turkey (7th Millenium B.C.)
  3. The oldest known shipwreck on Earth was found and excavated in Uluburun near Kas, in the Mediterranean region of Turkey.
  4. The oldest tin mine was found in Göltepe, 60 miles south of Tarsus.
  5. The Seven Churches of Apocalypse are all situated in the Aegean region of Anatolia; Ephesus, Smyrna (Izmir), Pergamum, Thyatira (Nazilli), Sardis, Philadelphia (Alasehir) and Laodicea.
  6. Turkey has hundreds beaches and marinas which have the “Blue Flag” on the Mediterranean and Aegean.
  7. Turkey is noted for having one of the three most famous and distinctive traditional cuisines in the world.
  8. Turks introduced coffee to Europe.
  9. Turks gave the Dutch their famous tulips.
  10. Writing was first used by people in ancient Anatolia. The first clay tablets in the ruins of Assyrian Karum (Merchant Colony) date back to 1950 B.C.

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