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SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT TURKEY

SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT TURKEY

Under the Ministry of Health, Turkey has planned, monitored and standardized the medical tourism at the national level.

Turkey is a perfect destination for medical tourists who are seeking affordable prices. They can save up to 60 % or higher depending on the treatment.

Turkey gives great importance to standardization and accreditation of medical facilities. 47 clinics are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) which is United States based standards and globally known. Turkey is among the four countries which have the highest number of accredited organizations in the world. The clinics are also certified internationally and receive strict quality management.

Total of 1 Million 700 thousand tourists come to Turkey for health tourism annually.

By the new legislation and investments, Turkey has world-class healthcare and medical services. High level technologies such as da Vinci Surgery Robot, TrueBeam, IGRT, Gammaknife, Cyberknife, PET-CT, MRI and many other medical devices have been used efficiently by both hospitals and clinics.

Turkish doctors are qualified with US and European standards of education and experience.

Some hospitals are affiliated with top US health institutions such as John Hopkins Medicine and Harvard Medical School.

ABOUT TURKEY

  • İstanbul  has been the capital of three great empires, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman for more than 2,000 years.

 

  • The famous Trojan wars took place in Western Turkey.

 

  • Many references point to Themiscrya on the southern coast of the Black Sea in Anatolia as the Amazon homeland.

 

  • The first church built by man ( St. Peters’ Church) is in Antakya, Turkey.

 

  • In the days of old, trade from the Silk Road, the Middle East and from Russia all passed through Istanbul.

 

  • Napoleon Bonaparte once said that if the Earth was a single state, Istanbul  would be its capital.

 

  • Grand Bazaar is the biggest old covered bazaar in the world, with over 3.000 shops.

 

  • The first man ever to fly was Turkish. Using two wings, Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi flew from the Galata Tower over the Bosphorus to land in Uskudar in the 17th century.

 

  • The first known University in history is in Harran, Southeast Turkey.

 

  • The oldest known human settlement is in Catalhoyuk, Turkey (7th Millenium B.C.)

 

  • Ephesus  (the place for the two of the  seven wonders of the ancient world) are in Turkey.

 

  • St. Nicholas ( Santa Claus), was born in Patara  and became the bishop of Demre, Turkey.

 

  • Noah’s Ark landed on  Mount Ararat  in eastern Turkey.

 

  • The last meal on Noah’s Ark, a pudding of sweet and  sour taste known as Asure , is still served throughout  Turkey.

 

  • Turks introduced coffee to Europe. Paris was introduced to coffee in 1669 by Hoşsohbet Nüktedan Süleyman Ağa, who was sent by Sultan Mehmet IV as ambassador to the court of King Louis XIV of France.

 

  •  Turks gave the Dutch their famous tulips.

 

  • Istanbul  is the only city in the world built on two continents.
  • Turkey  is noted for having one of the three most famous and distinctive traditional cousins in the world.

 

  • Writing was first used by people in ancient  Turkey. The first clay tablets in the ruins of  Asyyrian Karum (Merchant Colony) date back to 1950 B.C.
  • The first Neolithic paintings found on man-made walls are in Catalhoyuk, Turkey.

 

  • Turkey  is the birthplace of historic legends, such as  Homer (the poet), King Midas and Herodotus
  • Julius Caesar proclaimed his celebrated words, “Veni, Vidi, Vici (I came, I saw, I conquered)” in Turkey when he defeated  in the Black Sea region, Turkey.

 

  • The first church dedicated to Virgin Mary in Ephesus.

 

  • Turkey has hundreds beaches and marinas  which have the “Blue Flag.

 

  • The first recorded international treaty in the world was the Treaty of Kadesh  between the Hittite and Egyptian Empires, Hattusilis III and Ramses II, in c.1275 BC.
  • In 640 BC, for the first time in history, coins made of electrum were used by the  Lydian king in  Aegean region  of Turkey.

 

  • Alexander Great  cut the Gordian knot near Ankara, Turkey.
  • The Garden of Eden in the Book of Genesis was said to be watered by a  river which separated into four streams as it left the garden; two of them the Dicle and  Firat rise from the mountains of  eastern Turkey.