Turkey is a vast country with a total area of 814,578 sq. km. Apart from the Russian Federation, Turkey is the only country that is located both in Europe (Thrace) and Asia (Anatolia). Turkey offers all the characteristics of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries intermingled with the pecularities of the Balkans and the trans-Caucasian countries. The country is a genuine paradise for historians and archeologists.As is shown by the thousands of photos on this website, Turkey is virtually filled up with the remains of the ancient civilizations that flourished here. Hattis, Hittites, Assyrians, Urartians, Phrygians, Lydians, Lycians, Ionians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Armenians, Seljuk and Ottoman Turks, all came and left their mark. Present day Turkey is a fascinating country full of contrasts and contradictions. It carefully balances between the East and the West, between the past and the future, between secularism and Islam, between wealth and poverty, between chaos and serenity. These fascinating contrasts combined with Turkey's thousands of kilometers of magnificent coast with fine beaches, the guaranteed sunshine and the excellent Turkish cuisine have turned Turkey into an increasingly popular tourist destination.
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