A LAND OF HISTORY: Turkey has heen called “the cradle of civilizaton” and by traveling through this historic land, tourists will discover exactly what is meant by this phrase.
The world’s first town, a neolithic city at Catalhoyuk, dates back to 6,500 B.C. From the days of Ã‡atalhÃ¶yÃ¼k up to the present, Turkey boasts a rich culture that through the centuries has made a lasting impression on modern civilization.
The heir to many centuries of cultures makes Turkey a paradise of information and cultural wealth. Hattis, Hittitess, Phrygians, Urartians, Lycians, Lydians, Ionians, Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks, and Ottomans have all made important contributions to Turkish history, and ancient sites and ruins scattered throughout the country give proof of each civilizaton’s unique distinction.
Modern Turkey also has a very fascinating recent history.
Upon the decline of the Ottoman Empire, a young man named Mustafa Kemal, who was a soldier by occupation but in character a great visionary, took the defeat of World War I and turned it into a shining victory by liberating Turkey of all foreign invaders.
Mustafa Kemal AtatÃ¼rk founded the Republic of Turkey on October 29, 1923. He led his country into peace and stability, with tremendous economic growth and complete modernization.
Through decades of change and growth, Turkey still boasts this success, living by its adopted motto of “Peace at Home, Peace in the World”.