Amazing Republic of Turkey Facts to Blow Your Socks Off

Republic of Turkey Facts

It turns out we have been saying it wrong. It isn’t ‘Turkey,’ it is the ‘Republic of Turkey.’ Even so, here is our list of 10 amazing Turkey facts to blow your socks off. If you have the travel bug, then you need to pack your bags and get to this country, because it is super interesting.

For instance, Turkey exports the majority of the world’s hazelnuts, last names weren’t really a thing until the 1930s, and the Greek writer Homer was born in Turkey! However, Turkey is also the top spot for foreign journalists to be imprisoned, and contrary to popular belief, camels are not native to this country.

Facts about the Republic of Turkey

1 The Flora is Incredible

Turkey is a wonderland for new plant species, and the country attracts hundreds of bird species as well.

2 Turkey Could Give Hollywood a Challenge

As a matter of fact, cinema is superb in Turkey; they make most film money from domestic movies.

3 It’s a Bit Stuck in the Past

Turks engage in wrestling matches in which both opponents are covered in olive oil.

4 A Holy Haven

Turkey is a historic Christian place, with cities such as Antioch and Kayseri.

5 The First Farmers Were in Turkey

Researchers trace the start of agriculture to Turkey some 11,000 years ago.

6 You can Ride the Marmaray Metro

Speaking of Istanbul, it has an underground tunnel that leads visitors across the border.

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7 Turkey is Artsy

Hit up Istanbul where you can shop, browse galleries, and see the Biennial art exhibition.

8 Turks Must Have Great Lung Capacity

Especially considering that they have 130 mountains reaching peaks of over 9,800 feet.

9 Glimpse an Endangered Species

The loggerhead turtle makes one of Turkey’s coastlines its nesting grounds.

10 Santa Claus was Turkish?!

Saint Nicholas (the inspiration for Santa Claus) was born in Turkey.

11 Shopping Malls are abundant in Turkey

Shopaholics rejoice: Turkey has one of the world’s biggest shopping malls – the Istanbul Cevahir Mall. The people of Turkey also have savory things for dessert, such as chicken pudding! And history buffs will find 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in this country.

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