This web site is an introduction to help you discover the many dimensions of Turkey, to grasp the splendours of the country's past and its cultural wealth, to understand the achievements and problemsmodern Turkey and the connection between her past and the present. It is not the kind of travel hook where you will find descriptions ofplaces and information to help you plan your trip to Turkey. Nor does it pretend to be a web site offering a detailed study of the history and culture of the country.
Turkey, a bridge between Europe and Asia, has an extremely rich cultural heritage. Perhaps no other land has witnessed so many diverse civilisations over the last nine thousand years.
After the great Mesapotamians, the Hittite and Urartu kingdoms flourished, and in Western Anatolia the Ionian and Roman civilisations predominated. Istanbul holds the honour of having been the capital of two huge empires first the Byzantine then the Ottoman. Anatolia itself became a crossroads of peoples, cultures and religions. Christianity, for example, thrived here, and Islam was glorified by the Seljuks and Ottomans.
Turkey today still holds a very strategic position on the world map.Thisvast land of 67.8 million people has tackled the challenges of the future through its journey along the road towards modernisation, secularism and democracy. Today, it has a vibrant society, a dynamic economy, an active political lire and great confidence in its future.
A visit to Turkey should not only take in all the great sights and monuments; it should leave plenty of time for leisure and pleasure. Turkey offers immense resources in these areas: Majestic mountains ideal for climbers, bikers and skiers; over 7,800 km of coastline laced with picturesque bays and coves; lakes; year-round summer in some areas; yet plenty of snow in others; a solid and expanding tourism infrastructure; one or the world's healthiest cuisines and an extremely hospitable people.
A trip to Turkey is an enchanting experience and an unforgettable adventure. We hope this web-site encourages you to come. Even if you can't, we hope that by reading the text and looking at the photographs you will have a better idea of Turkey and what she represents.
Turkey is like a mosaic made up or many different reliefs and formations: parallel mountain ranges, extinct volcanoes, plateaus fissured by valleys and plains. Surrounded on its three sides by warm seas, it rails in the temperate climate zone. The climate varies considerably however from region to region: a temperate climate in the
Black Sea Region a Mediterranean climate on the southern coast and the Aegean, a continental and arid climate on the central plateau and a harsh mountain climate in eastern Turkey. Because of these variations in climate, the fauna and flora are some of the richest in Europe and the Middle East