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"I am sure that the first idea of a Turkish mosque came to someone who saw two cypress trees, one on either side of a small round hill."

Freya Stark, Letter, 12 Feb 1940, in Dust in the Lion's Paw, 1961

Turkey is a fascinating country ! This is a country ruled by many civilizations and empires - Hittites, Urartians, Assyrians, Greeks, Commagene, Romans, Byzantines and the Ottomans - and their relics dotted the country. Despite a surface area that is only about the size of France and Germany combined, Turkey's unique geographical features has blessed the country with diverse climatic conditions, from alpine coolness to the oven-hotness of the desert. If one visits the Mediterranean city of Antalya in April/May, he/she can swim in the warm seas and then after an hour's journey up the alpine Taurus Mountains, ski. During my two week-stay in this country, I have seen places that reminded me of the snow-capped beauty of the Swiss Alps, the rolling plains of the English Midlands as well as the dry savanna-deserts of the Australian Outback.

Click here to see my route in Turkey in detail

Who are the Turks ?
Istanbul - Glories of the Ottomans
Cappadocia - Land of Fairy Chimneys
The East - Land of Hope & Agony
Ankara - City of Ataturk

Links to Turkey :

  • Discover Turkey - General Info about Turkey, Turkish Music, Carpets, Tourism/Travel Info, Pictures from Turkey, News, Anatolian Civilizations, Turkish Foreign Policy, Cyprus : a well done site on Turkey. Check up its Reading Room - the site's great links to other Turkish related locations...
  • Focus on Turkey - this is a fascinating site with tons of tourism info on all aspects of Turkey, plus great pages on archaeological sites on the Aegean coast and Cappadocia
  • Information about Turkey - Northwestern University graduate student Yusuf's great links to numerous Turkish topics plus the site's info about: history, geography, daily news, recipes, sports in Turkey.
  • Turkiye - This beautiful site is set up by the Turkish Student Association of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Turkey in Pictures or go to its US mirror site at
  • Turkish Foreign Policy - Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' site with background Information on Cyprus, Turkish Minority in Western Thrace, Human Rigts, Terrorism and PKK, A Background Note on Aegean Disputes, Black Sea Economic Cooperation, etc
  • Atatürk, founder of modern Turkey - life and facts about Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of modern Turkey
  • Turkish History Site Great site with essays on Turkish History
  • Turkey Tourist Info - General info for travelers. Travel guide, info about cities, regions, historical places, turkish cuisine, etc...

    Who are the Turks ? And things Turkish...

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