You can’t change the past, but you can change the way you view it – Anthony Robbins

  • Tulips and Snowdrops are native to  Anatolia. Ogier Chiselin De Busberg introduced tulips to Holland in 1554.
  • Opium poppies are an Anatolian plant species. Good quality plants contain Morphine and Codeine, which is obtained from the milk of the plant. Oil from the seed is used in soap and bread. It grows just once a year for harvesting.
  • Pizza originates from Anatolia, not Italy.
  • Is the birthplace of St Paul.
  • Was the first to produce and use coins 2,700 years ago.
  • Gave the English language many words including turquoise, parchment, yogurt and angora and Turkish are the origins of the names Philadelphia, Paris and Europe.
  • Is where Noah’s Ark landed, at Mount Ararat in Eastern Turkey.
  • Is the location of two of the 7 wonders of the world: The Temple of Artemis & Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.
  • Is the birthplace of King Midas of the “Midas touch” who turned everything he touched to gold.
  • Is where State Insurance was first provided for losses of tradesman, before the 13th century.
  • Provides 70% of the words hazelnuts.
  • Was founded as a modern republic in 1923 by one of the greatest leaders in history, Atatürk.
  • Was where the cherry was first found, by Romans who planted it throughout the world.
  • One of the Three Kings who made a pilgrimage may have come from Anatolia, bearing Frankincense, a Tree native to Turkey.
  • The Turkish Flag: In the 14th Century was White, 15th it was changed to Red. At one time it was Green with white crescents. Each represented a continent of Ottoman rule. In the 18th Century it was red with an eight-pointed star and a crescent. According to legend, a Turkish Commander was walking around a battlefield and noticed a reflection of a star in the bloodshed. This was chosen for the symbol of the flag. After the foundation of the Republic the flag had a combination of the star and one crescent that is the one you will see today.
  • Ataturk: You will see images of this man everywhere you go in Turkey, Schools, banks, shops, bars and restaurants. Born Mustafa in 1881 in Salonika. During his schooling he was given the nickname of Kemal meaning Perfection. He joined the Military and was soon proving his abilities as a master of strategies in the First World War at Galipolli. In 1920 he was elected President of the Grand National Assembly. He made many changes to Turkey, including giving votes to women in 1934, before France, which gave women the right to vote in 1944. He banned the wearing of the Fez, Adopted the Latin alphabet he was said to have changed it in just eleven days. Traditional clothing was replaced with western style clothing. Turkish people had to take a surname, Mustafa Kemal chose Ataturk meaning Father of Turks. He adopted a new Civil Law code, established a Republic and suppressed religious brotherhoods. Without Ataturk Turkey would not be what it is today. All Turks love Ataturk, and on the anniversary of his death Nov 10th at 09.05 the whole country observes a silence