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Turkish culture is an immense mixture partly produced by the rich history. The original lands of Turks is Central Asia, bordering China. From this location, they were forced to move west for various reasons more than a thousand years ago. On the way to Anatolia they have interacted with chinese, indian, middle eastern, European and Anatolian civilizations, and today`s Turkish culture carries motives from each one of these diverse cultures.

In this part, there are articles covering various aspects of Turkish culture and history to introduces this cultural link between European and Asian societies.

Being in the center of the birthplace of human civilization, Turkey has plenty to offer to history lovers. Ancient Anatolian civilizations such as Hittites, Lydians and Urartus left their marks on central Anatolia, and many of their remainings can be seen in museums and ancient city excavations in and around Ankara. Ancient Greeks have flourished in Southern and Western Turkey, where you can experience a beautiful coastline surrounded with thousands of years of history. Turkey also carries the marks of Muslim Ottomans, who were in rule until less than 100 years ago. Best examples of Ottoman mosques, carvansaraies and schools can be seen in northwestern turkey, especially in Istanbul.

Then again, if you want to simply unwind, spend an afternoon being pampered at a hamam, or let the warm waters off the Mediterranean coast lap at your toes. Adventure lovers can head east to Nemrut Daği National Park. Bon vivants need look no further than Instanbul, where the markets and bars are among the most stylish and atmospheric, and the mod Ottoman cuisine rates as the tastiest, in the world.

The country’s tumultuous history has left a deep legacy. People who’ve never had to suffer for an idea or fight for a patch of land can be overwhelmed by the passion of ordinary Turks for their country. But for ordinary Turks that passion finds its outlet, not in martial ardour, but in simple pleasures: family, food, music, football, and friendship. Turks have an inspiring ability to keep things in perspective, to get on with everyday life and to have a bloody good time in the process. Sharing their joy in the simple things is a highlight for every visitor.

Treat Turkey as that most quintessential of Turkish dishes, the meze, a table piled high with scrumptious treats. Throw away the menu, order a plate of everything and feast till you can’t go on.




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