About Turkey Turkey is a country which was founded as a Republican Regime under the leadership of Atatürk in 1923. – Throughout the history, Turkey has acted as a host to many civilizations and nations. So you can see lots of historical places dating back to Byzantine and Roman times. As well as these historical places, there are many natural beauties since Turkey is a country where you can enjoy all seasons. • Turkey is a country which is like a bridge connecting Asia and Europe. Its strategic significance comes from its geographical position. • Turkey’s population is 76 million. It consists of a cosmopolite structure. The population of the country is mostly young and dynamic. • Its basic source of income are agriculture livestock ,industry and tourism. It has owned many cultures since ancient times. Tourism in Turkey is focused largely on seaside resorts along its Aegean and Mediterranean Sea coasts. In the recent years, Turkey has also become a popular destination for culture, spa, and health care tourism. There are a lot of antique sites in Turkey such as Ephesus, Pergamum, Perge, Troy, Hierapolis, Hoodoos. EPHESUS RUİNS The capital city of Turkey is Ankara. Turkish Cuisine varies across Turkey. The cuisines of Aegean, Marmara and Mediterranean Regions are rich in vegetables. In Black Sea Region, fish is largely used. And the cuisine of southeast is famous for kebabs, mezes and desserts. BAKLAVA Baklava, special to Gaziantep, is a sweet pastry dessert which is filled with fine-cut nuts, pistachio or almond and sweetened with syrup or honey. İSKENDER KEBAB İskender is like döner kebab served with yoghurt, tomato sauce and butter. It is peculiar to Bursa. TÜRK KAHVESİ Turkish coffee is a special method of cooking coffee. It is boiled in a pot, with sugar according to taste and served into cups with a glass of water. And all of it is not drunk. After drinking, the ground left can be used for fortune telling. LOKUM Lokum, also known as Turkish delight, is a traditional Turkish dessert. İÇLİ KÖFTE İçli köfte can be described as a shell of bulgur filled with onion, miced meat and nuts. FOLK DANCES have different characteristics based on region and location. They are performed in weddings, while sending sons to military service and during religious and national holidays. The best known folk dances are: Horon, Kasik Oyunu. Kilic Kalkan, Zeybek. Hope you enjoyed it.. And wish you find the chance to see and taste all of them yourself. These are just a few examples (there’re many more to see ). About Marmara Region The Marmara Region which takes its name from the Sea of Marmara, is located in the North-west of Turkey. • Bosphorus and Dardanelles are in this region. The region has territories both in Asia and Europe Continents. • The region had the highest rate of population growth in Turkey and it still lets in immigrants. (14 millions) • In the Marmara Region which is the industrial center of Turkey with the line of İstanbul-Bursa-İzmit, tourism is also a significant source of income besides industry and trade. İSTANBUL is the most populated city in Turkey. It is the 3rd largest metropolitan area in Europe after London and Moscow. Our city ; Kocaeli • It has an important location for being neighboring city of Istanbul, the metropolis. It has 3505 square kilometers area. It’s one of the most must-seen cities in Turkey. İZMIT FOTO • It’s population is 1.600.000, but the national income per individual is highest. Because it is the most industrialized city in Turkey. • Kartepe is one of the most beautiful and luxiouruos winter sports resorts in our country. It is also an important place of mountain tourism. • Kilim foto • One of the towns of Kocaeli is Hereke.The best Turkish carpets are produced there. The artistic carpets of Ottoman palaces were woven here only for the sultans.