Turkish Rug

Turkish handwoven rugs are works of art which continue a tradition that developed over thousands of years. Women were the primary weavers, and archeological evidence has shown that weavers were apart of Turkish society as far back as 7000 BC. Initially rugs were woven out of wool. Around 550 BC, silkworms were brought into current-day…

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Shadow Puppet

Some say that shadow puppet theatre began in the palaces of Ottoman sultans, or as early as the 14th century. The original characters are said to have been based on two real men from the early 14th century, who amused people with their humorous actions. Once they were gone, they were so badly missed that…

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Turkish Delight

The history of Turkish Delight (known as “lokum”) dates back over 200 years, making it one of the oldest candies in the world. Turkish legend has it that in his endeavor to quell the rumblings of discontent within his harem, a Turkish sultan summoned all his confectionery experts and ordered them to produce a unique…

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Evil Eye

“Nazar Boncugu” is a little magic stone that protects one from the “Evil Eye.” You see this blue glass piece practically everywhere you go throughout Turkey… dangling from taxi cabs, pinned to babies’ clothes, guarding the doorways of houses, even built into the foundations of modern office buildings.

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Turkey And Tulips

Everybody thinks that tulips come from Holland. In the 16th Century they were brought to Holland from Turkey, and quickly became widely popular. Today Tulips are cultivated in Holland in great numbers and in huge fields. Dutch bulbs, including tulips and daffodils, are exported all around the world so people thinks that it’s originated from…

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Turkish Mosaic

Turkey are decorated with elaborate mosaics. Haghia Sophia, “The Church of Holy Wisdom” in Istanbul, one of the world’s greatest architectural achievements, the Church of St. Saviour in Chora, and The Church of Haghia Sophia in Trabzon, situated on the Black Sea, a restored 13th-century Byzantine church that reverted to a mosque in 1577, are…

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Turkish Bazaar

Most Turkish bazaars were built over 650 years before construction on Wolfchase Galleria ever began. Many bazaars were built by sultans and other dignitaries during the Ottoman Empire, and were a part of mosque complexes. These buildings played an important role in the modernization of Ottoman trade. The world’s biggest emporium is the Covered Bazaar…

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Famous Turks

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk – (born 1881) Turkish army officer, statesman and the Founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey. He led to the liberation of the country and the establishment of the Republic of Turkey. Ahmet Necdet Sezer – (born September 13, 1941) Tenth President of the Republic of Turkey. The Grand National…

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Turkish National Anthem

Where turkish National Anthem is known as the “Star Spangled Banner”, , or The March of Independence. The “Istiklal Marsi” was officially adopted as Turkey’s National Anthem on March 12, 1921 (although the official music wasn’t adopted until 1932). A total of 724 poems were submitted to a competition organized to find and select the…

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The Flag of the Turkish Republic

The flag of Turkey consists of a white crescent moon and a star on a red background. The flag has a complex origin since it includes components of an ancient design, and proportional standardizations were also made with the Turkish Flag Law of 1936. The crescent and star are both generallynr egarded as Islamic symbols…

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