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Surprising facts about Turkey. Did you know that Troy, Northern Mesopotamia is in Turkey? St. Paul was born in Tarsus in Mediterranean Turkey…

Did you know these?
Surprising facts about Turkey.

Did you know that Troy, Northern Mesopotamia is in Turkey?
St. Paul was born in Tarsus in Mediterranean Turkey.
The oldest church of the founded by St. Peter in ancient Antioch and in modern Turkish town of Hatay.
The source of Euphrates and Tigres rivers are in Eastern Turkey.

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  • The oldest and greatest Christian temple St Sophia is in Istanbul.
  • Byzantine Emperor Constantine summoned the first Ecumenical Council in Nicea (modern Iznik city in Turkey) in 325 AD.
  • Troy which is famous with the Trojan Wooden Horse is by the Dardanelles near Çanakkale.
  • Aristotle the tutor of Alexander the Great was born in Assos near Troy in Marmara region of Turkey.
  • Homer composed the Iliad and Odyssey on the shores of Asia Minor (modern Turkey).
  • The House of the Virgin Mary is nearby Ephesus near Izmir.
  • Seven Churches of Revelation is in the West of Turkey and they are known as the Church of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.
  • All seven of the Great Ecumenical Councils that defined Christian theology took place within the boundaries of Turkey.
  • Herodotus the ancient writer known to be the father of the history lived in Smyrna (ancient name of modern Izmir) and in Halicarnassus-Bodrum in the fifth century B.C
  • Two of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, known as The Temple of Artemis is near Ephesus and The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is in Bodrum. (The other Wonders are: The Great Pyramid of Giza, The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, The Colossus of Rhodes, and The Lighthouse of Alexandria)
  • St. Nicholas known as Santa Claus lived in Myra, Turkey.
  • King Midas famous with Midas touch was the king of Phrygia with their capital Gordion in Central Anatolia- Turkey.
  • The Great Hittite Kingdom which settled along the River Halys (Kizilrımak in Turkey) discovered the mineral iron in the history.
  • The first written peace treaty was signed by the Hittite king Mutawallis II and Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses the 3rd after the battle of Kanesh in 1295 B.C south of Turkey
  • Are you familiar with the riddle of the Gordion knot that Alexander cut it with his sword? Gordion is to the West of Ankara.
  • Tarsus the birth place of Paul or known as Tarsus of Paul is in Southern Turkey.
  • Antioch (modern Hatay) where the followers of Jesus Christ named themselves as Christian is in Southern Turkey. One of the very first Christian church known as the church of St Peter is in Antioch (Hatay).
  • Edessa (Sanliurfa) where Prophet Abraham was born, the well where Job has fallen is in southeast Turkey.
  • The famous rivers Euphrates and Tigris which irrigated the fertile land of Mesopotamia are Eastern Turkey.
  • Mount Ararat, the legendary resting place of Prophet Noah’s Ark is in Eastern Turkey.
  • Kayseri which is mentioned as Caesarea in the Bible is in Cappadocia, Central Turkey.
  • The straits connecting the Black Sea to the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean are in
  • It was the Cappadocian Fathers who introduced the Trinity, Creed and incarnation to the Christianity in the 4th century.
  • Parchment was invented by Pergamon in Pergamum north of Izmir.
  • The oldest city settlement is dating back to 6000 (thousand) BC is in Çatalhöyük near Konya.