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Capital: Ankara
Languages: Turkish
Ethnic Groups: Turkish. Also Kurdish, Circassian, Roma, Arab, Greek, Armenian and Jewish.
Religions: Muslim
Monetary Unit: Lira (TRL 792)

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Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye), officially the Republic of Turkey (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti), is a Eurasian country that stretches across the Anatolian peninsula in southwestern Asia and the Balkan region of southeastern Europe. Turkey borders eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest, Greece to the west, Georgia to the northeast, Armenia, Iran and the Nakhichevan exclave of Azerbaijan to the east, and Iraq and Syria to the southeast. In addition, it borders the Black Sea to the north, the Aegean Sea to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Turkey also contains the Sea of Marmara that is used by geographers to mark the border between Europe and Asia, thus making the country transcontinental.[1]

The region comprising modern Turkey has seen the birth of major civilisations including the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Owing to its strategic location at the intersect of two continents, Turkey's culture is a unique blend of Eastern and Western tradition, often described as a bridge between the two civilisations. With a powerful regional presence from the Adriatic to China in the Eurasian landbelt between Russia and India, Turkey has come to acquire increasing strategic significance.[2][3]

Turkey is a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republic whose political system was established in 1923 under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk following the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the aftermath of World War I. Since then, Turkey has increasingly integrated with the West while continuing to foster relations with the Eastern world. It is a founding member of the United Nations,[4] the Organization of the Islamic Conference,[5] the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development[6] and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe,[7] a member state of the Council of Europe since 1949,[8] and of NATO since 1952.[9] Since 2005, Turkey is in accession negotiations with the European Union, having been an associate member since 1963.[10] Turkey is also a member of the G20 which brings together the 20 largest economies of the world...more
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Cinili Pavillion, Istanbul Archaeological Musem
Istanbul, Turkey
April 2006
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Istanbul, Turkey
April 2006

"Mahmut I began the mosque in 1748, and it was finished by his brother, Osman III. It was the first in the city to exhibit the exagerated traits of the baroque, as seen in its massive cornices. Its most striking features, however, are the enormous arches supporting the dome, each pierced by a mass of windows".

(From Eyewitness Travel Guides: Istanbul)

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Istambul, Turkey, April 2007

"Gulhane Park occupies what was the lower gruonds of Topkapi Palace. [...] Across Kennedy Caddesi, the main road running along the northeast side of the park, there is a viewpoint over the busy waters where the Golden Horn meets the Bosphorus".

From Eyewitness Travel Guides: "Istanbul".

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"Some of the very finest Byzantine mosaics and frescoes can be found in the Church of St Saviour in Chora. [...] The present church dates from the 11th century. Between 1315-21 it was remodelled and the mosaics and frescoes added by Theodore Metochites, a theologian, philosopher and one of the elite Byzantine officials of his day".

From Eyewitness Travel Guides: "Istanbul".

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Beautiful murals in the Armenian Church on Akhtamar (Van Gölü)
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Beautiful murals in the Armenian Church on Akhtamar (Van Gölü) Still ... strange to see a coffin with a corpse ...
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There is a lot of rivalry between the two campsite-owners in this volcano near Lake Van (Turkey) The "King Kamping" is only 70 m. to the left, "Volcano Camping" is 400 m. to the right. Both roads are not kept up well ....
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King Tuthalias VI, protected by the god Saruma
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