A Virtual Tour of Turkey: Essential Information About The Country of Turkey, Along with a Recipe for Dolma for Lagniappe
by David C. Wyld Southeastern Louisiana University on 16/02/12 at 4:40 pm
This article provides an overview of Turkey – the country, the culture, the people, and a recipe. It was prepared by Christina Read while an Accounting major in the College of Business at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana.
- Cultural Facts
Here are some serious facts about Turkey:
1. Although the country is 99.8% Muslim, it is the most culturally forward out of the all the primarily Muslim Middle Eastern nations. Due to its mainly free market economy and a reduction of state involvement, it has seen widespread economic growth, the entrance of entrepreneurs and an emerging middle class. Although agriculture still accounts for 25% of the GDP, the privatization of the service industries has made them a rising force in the European community.
2. Famous for its carpets, the art was brought to Turkey by tribes from Central Asia. They were originally used to adorn the floors, tables and walls of the home in order to protect inhabitants from the climate. Unlike many other objects, Turkish rugs actually increase in value the older they become.
3. Turkish architecture is said to have reached its peak during the Ottoman period. Turks originally lived as nomads and their domed tents influenced the mosques and tombs of their stable cities. The interior of the Sultanahmet mosque in Istanbul closely mimics the interior of Turkish tents with its soaring arches and hollowed out domes.
- “Fun” Facts
Here are three fun facts about Turkey:
1. Turkey has been sending its citizens to the Olympics since 1908. Yasar Erkan won Turkey its first gold medal at the 1936 Summer Games in Berlin. Recently, Istanbul has put in her bid to host the 2020 Olympics.
2. Camel wrestling was once widespread across Turkey although it is now mostly restricted to the Aegean region. In January, the bulls are gathered during breeding season and paraded through the streets. Contests are held with judges and strict rules governing the outcomes.
3. One of the most well-known sights in the former Ottoman Empire is that of the whirling dervish. Although the Mevlevi Order from which the dervish came was banned in 1925, they still exist as a tourist attraction. Only by changing themselves into a non-political organization was order able to stay alive in Turkey.
Here is an unusual fact about Turkey:
1. According to the Judeo-Christian Bible, Noah’s Ark landed on the mountains of Ararat. Scholars have argued over exactly where the ark landed and popularly placed its location on the highest peak or Mount Ararat in Turkey. Even though searches have been made for the Ark, it has never been found.