Turkey has 13 properties inscribed to UNESCO World Heritage List “(Archaeological Site of Troy (1998), City of Safranbolu (1994), Great Mosque and Hospital of Divrigi (1985), Hattusha: the Hittite Capital (1986), Historic Areas of Istanbul (1985), Mount Nemrut (1987), Neolithic Site of Catalhoyuk (2012), Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex (2011), Xanthos-Letoon (1988), Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia (1985) and Hierapolis-Pamukkale (1988), Bursa and Cumalikizik Early Ottoman urban and rural settlements (2014) and Bergama (2014)”.
Turkey also has 35 properties submitted to the Tentative List of UNESCO “( Ephesus (1994), Karain Cave (1994), Sumela Monastery (The Monastery of Virgin Mary) (2000), Alahan Monastery (2000), St. Nicholas Church (2000), Harran and Sanliurfa(2000), The Tombstones of Ahlat the Urartian and Ottoman citadel (2000), The Citadel and the Walls of Diyarbakir (2000), Seljuk Caravanserais on the route from Denizli to Dogubeyazit (2000), Konya- A capital of Seljuk Civilization (2000), Alanya (2000), Mardin Cultural Landscape (2000), St.Paul Church, St.Paul’s Well and surrounding historic quarters (2000), Ishak Pasha Palace (2000), Kekova (2000), Gulluk Dagi-Termessos National Park (2000), Archaeological Site of Aphrodisias (2009), Ancient Cities of Lycian Civilization (2009), Archaeological Site of Sagalassos (2009), Archaeological Site of Perge (2009), Esrefoglu Mosque (2011), The Archaeological Site of Gobeklitepe (2011), Hatay, St. Pierre Church(2011), Aizanoi Antique City (2012), Historic City of Ani (2012), Archeological Site of Zeugma (2012), Gordion (2012) Historic Town of Birgi (2012), Mausoleum and Sacred area of Hecatomnus (2012)”.
Anatolia is the birthplace of historic legends, Homer (the poet), King Midas, Heredotus (the father of history) and St. Paul the Apostle.
Gobeklitepe has been proved that it is the oldest temple in the world from 11,500 years ago.
The first landscape picture of the world has been discovered on a wall of a house in Catalhoyuk, depicting the eruption of Mount Hasan about 6500 years ago. Catalhoyuk is also the oldest human settlement in Turkey.
The first Islamic University in the world is located in Harran, Sanliurfa.
Istanbul is the only city in the world that separates two continents, Asia and Europe.
It is believed that Noah’s Ark had landed on the skirts of Mount Ararat which is the highest in Turkey (5137 meters).
Saint Paul The Apostle was born in Tarsus, on the south coast of Turkey.
The First Ecumenical Council in Christianity was held in Iznik (Nicaea) in 325AD.
Alexander The Great cut the famous Gordion Knot in Phrygian capital, Gordion which is close to Ankara.
Turkey is the birthplace and home of St. Nicholas popularly known as Santa Claus.
Turkey has the most valuable silk carpet in the world, in Mevlana Museum, Konya with 144 knots per sq. cm.
St. Pierre Church in Antioch (Antakya) is one of the oldest churches in the world.
The best-preserved Roman Theatre is located in Aspendos, Antalya and it is still serving for some big concerts.
The Virgin Mary House located in Ephesus Region is the place where the Virgin Mary has spent her last days and also a pilgrimage place since 1967.
Seven Churches of Revelation are all located on Aegean Side of Turkey (Ephesus, Sardis, Thyatira, Pergamon, Philadelphia, Smyrna, Collosae).