In this entry you’ll find out some fascinating facts about Turkey and discover the different historical heritage, find out about a city that lies on 2 continents, read about the place where St.Nicholas or also called Santa Clause was born, the landing place of Noah’s ark and many more!
- Santa Claus was born in Patara
St.Nicholas – a sacred man who did many miracles in his lifetime was born in Patara, Turkey in around 300 A.D.
Hard to tell fact from fiction, but this is some myth of St.Nicholas. Destroyed pagan temples and saved sailors from death at sea, Nicholas was honored from enduriing persecution, He was also hailed as a defender of orthodoxy.
As you might have expected St. Nicholas was also respected as a generous gift giver. Born into a wealthy family, he inherited the fortune when his parents died. Apparently he gave his vast fortune away. The most famous story invoked three girls who were so miserable that they would be forced into a life of prostitution. But for the young women, Nicholas threw three bags of gold through the window.
Christians started to celebrate December by offering a present in memory of St. Nicholas the gift giver.
- Istanbul spreads across two continents
Istanbul formerly known as Constantinople is regarded as a european city yet it covers 2 continents. It is the third most populous urban area in Europe BUT it is not the capital of Turkey.
The Bosphorus Strait separates the European part and the Asian part of Istanbul, a 31-km-long bridge connecting the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea – forming a natural border between the two continents.
European side has always been the hub of commerce, business and industry, and it is more populous than the Asian side. They say the Asian side is the city’s dormitory.
Asia’s face is greener than that of European side.
- St.Peter in Antioch Turkey is the first ever Christian Church
It is claimed that St. Peter’s Grotto outside Antioch (now known as Antakya) was founded by the apostle of Jesus, Simon Peter. This makes it the world’s oldest place of worship for Christians. You can still visit the church today and see the remnants of old furnishings.
The church’s garden has been used for hundreds of years as a graveyard. There were also graves and burials inside the church, especially around the altar.
The church was believed to be the burial place of Tancred, Prince of Galilee, as well as one of the remains of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa who died in the Third Crusade as one of the three final resting places.
- It is said that Noah’s Ark landed on Mount Ararat (Ağri Daği)
Mount ararat consists of two peaks about 7 miles (11km) apart.
One is called Great arrat(the bigger one) and was believed to be the landing placeof the famous Noah’s ark, which, according to the Bible, sheltered Noah, his parents, and pairs of every animal species on Earth during a biblical flood that wiped away most of humanity.
It reaches an altitude of 5169 meters above sea level, the tallest mountain in Turkey.
Little Ararat is 3928 meters above ocean level. Both are even, cone-formed volcanoes made out of substituting layers of magma and debris.
- Evil Eye Amulet
Each country has many story to tell about their tradition, culture, or superstitious beliefs. A well-known belief in Turkey is the Evil Eye. This is the most bought Turkish souvenir.
Be careful on it because it only take a look and it can cause physical suffering, damage, or bad luck to anyone.
Evil Eye Colors And What They Mean
|DARK BLUE||LIGHT BLUE||BLACK|
|– Karma and fate protection|
– Calm and relaxation to counteract chaos or agitation
– To open the flow of communication
|– General Protectionto |
– Broaden your perspective
– Learning new information
– Solitude and peace
|– Power and prosperityProtection |
– To become inconspicuous
– To open the door to mystery
– To prepare for the unknown
– A restful emptiness
|BROWN||DARK GREEN||LIGHT GREEN|
|– Elements Protection|
– A solid wholesome feeling
– to blend with the background
– A connection with natural earth and the stability this brings
– Orderliness and convention
|– Happiness Protectiona |
– New state of balance
– Feel a need for change or growth
– Freedom to pursue new ideas
– Protection from fears and anxieties
– Connected with the demands of others
– Increased personal power
– Relaxation and enjoyment of life
– Good health
- Turkey has 82,693 mosques, more than any other country per capita in the world.
According to the data from Directorate of Religious Affairs, The turkey has 82,693 mosques and nearly all is located in the largest city in Turkey, Istanbul.
It is been a tradition of Turkey’s Islamist Political Parties that on their campaign they should consider to increase the mosques in the country. There is a huge increase of mosques in Turkey from 60,000 in 1987 to over 85,000 in 2015 and that is according to statistics and over 1,000 is added in 2019. The reason why they kept on doing this because of the population that is still growing in Turkey, the population has expanded since 1987 from 52 million to 80.81million in 2018.
- The Turkish Mediterranean resort city of Antalya.
The Turkish Mediterranean resort town of Antalya holds the world record for having the most noteworthy number of “Blue Flag” authorized beaches on the planet perceived for the best quality of water, beach cleanliness and environmental standards.
A blue flag beach isn’t just a spot to pull in the travel industry, however it additionally advances natural issues and awareness. Turkey is one of nations which have a large portion of the blue flag granted beaches, marinas and yachts amongst the world. 463 beaches, 22 extraordinary marinas and 15 boats in complete that qualified for the blue flag as of 2019.
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