You probably didn't know Turkey's real name, you might have been confused about which city is the capital, and you probably thought tulips came from the Netherlands. It turns out, you were probably wrong. There is a lot more to Turkey than meets the eye - between the beaches and bustling markets lies a wealth of interesting history filled with religious and literary figures, civil war and a multitude of languages. Here are 20 facts about Turkey you probably never knew.

Turkish flag

Source: Wikipedia

Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul, Turkey

Source: Google News

Hazelnuts, Turkey

Source: UN Food & Agriculture Organisation

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Source: Grand Bazaar Istanbul

Antioch cave church, Turkey facts

Source: sacred-destinations.com

Patara beach, St Nicholas, Santa Claus, Turkey

Source: Wikipedia

Turkish surnames, Turkey

Source: Wikipedia

Turkey, birthplace of Homer and Aesop

Source: Wikipedia

Language, Turkey facts

Source: Wikipedia

Newspapers, journalists imprisoned in Turkey

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists

Istanbul Tunel, underground railway, Turkey

Source: Wikipedia

Dilek National Park, Black Sea Coast, Turkey

Source: freewordonline.com

Longest word in Turkish, Beach, Turkey

 Source: 101languages.net > It roughly translates to: "Are you one of those people whom we couldn't make to be originating from Czechoslovakia?"

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Matador Network

Traditional house, Turkey

Source: allaboutturkey.com

Turkish alphabet, lettering, Turkey

Source: Wikipedia

Istanbul in Asia and Europe, Turkey

Source: Wikipedia 

Fez banned in Turkey

Source: clockofdestiny.com

Source: kokachi.com

Learn more and explore Turkey with the Rough Guide to Turkey.

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