Exterior View
Exterior view of the Blue Mosque. Credit: David Spender. view all images →
Location map of Turkey. Click to enlarge.
Aerial view of Turkey. Click to enlarge.

Quick Facts on Turkey

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38.9594090° N, 35.0000000° E map
as small state, after WW I; with present boundaries, from 1923

Description of Turkey

Indigenous Anatolian peoples were invaded by Indo-European Hittites, forming empire ca. 1900 BCE; ruled by Persians 6th century BCE, then Greeks, then Romans 1st century BCE; settled by Turks from central Asia 11th century; was heart of Ottoman Empire 13th-19th centuries; official language is Turkish.

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Holly Hayes
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October 8, 2013
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May 7, 2022
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