Istanbul is the only city in the world located on two continents, Europe and Asia. It has been the capital of 3 empires: Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman.
The world's oldest known human settlement is Catalhoyuk (Turkish font: Çatalhöyük) dating to 6,500 BC. The earliest known landscape painting was found on the wall of a house in Catalhoyuk depicting the volcanic eruption of nearby Hasandag (Turkish font: Hasandağ).
2 of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World were located in Turkey.
Turks introduced coffee to Europe.
The first coins ever minted were done so at Sardis, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia, at the end of the 7th century B.C.
The word "turquoise" comes from "Turk" meaning Turkish and was derived from the colour of the Mediterranean Sea on the southern Turkish coast.
Turks introduced tulips to the Dutch.
The most valuable valuable silk carpet in the world is in the Mevlevi Museum in Konya, Turkey.
St. John and St. Paul lived and prayed in southern Anatolia. Legend has it St. John brought Virgin Mary to Ephesus after the Crucifixion, where she spent her days in a small stone house. It remains a popular pilgrimage site for Christians.
Many archaeologists and biblical scholars believe Noah's Ark landed on Mount Ararat (Turkish font: Ağrı) in eastern Turkey.
The 7 churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation are all found in Turkey: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.
A cave known today as the Grotto of St. Peter is believed to be where the Apostle Peter preached when he visited Antioch (Antakya) in southern Turkey). It is widely considered to be one of the earliest Christian houses of worship.
Anatolia is the birthplace of many historic figures and legends such as the poet Homer, King Midas, Herodotus (the father of history) and St. Paul the Apostle.
St. Nicholas, known today as Santa Claus, was born and lived in Demre (Myra) on Turkey's Mediterranean coast. The village contains the Church of St. Nicholas with the sarcophagus believed to be his tomb.
The first man ever to fly was Turkish. Using two wings, Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi (Çelebi) flew from the Galata Tower over the Bosphorus to land in Uskudar (Üsküdar) in the 17th century.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Nazarboncugu - Nazarboncuğu
The story goes there was a rock by the sea which neither 100 men nor dynamite could move. A local man, believed to carry the 'evil eye' or 'nazar', is brought to the rock. This man declares, “my, what a big rock that is!” and the rock instantly cracks into two.
The word 'nazar' infers seeing or looking. It is characterised as an energy naturally carried by some people within their eyes. This energy is claimed to be scientifically proven and can bring harm to whatever spot is “touched” by the Nazar carrier’s eyes.
Therefore, Nazar is an explanation for random and mysterious mishaps for which there is no other apparent logical explanation. The carrier is not not necessarily evil or of bad intent. It is a random gift, like a musical gift, and can be channelled for the good of people.
’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In hope that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
The identity of Santa Claus is founded on Nicholas the Bishop of Demre (Myra) in southern Turkey 4th century. His bones were allegedly moved to Italy. He was born in warm sunny climate with green hills and sea breeze in the small village of Patara. At a young age, his parents died leaving a large inheritance. He was a generous man giving to the poor and needy. He kept his donations secret, but word got out.
One story tells how a poor old nobleman with 3 beautiful daughters lived in a run down palace with barely enough to eat. The girls couldn’t marry because there was no money for a wedding. Nicholas secretly deposited a bag of gold through an open window. Nicholas didn’t feel it enough and later deposited another bag of gold. Later there was a third secretive nocturnal visit to enough to finance 3 weddings. This time there was no open window and the nobleman was guarding the first 2 bags. Therefore, Nicholas climbed roof in order to put a bag down chimney. The daughters had left washed stockings drying by the chimney. Gold cascaded down the chimney and into the stockings (this is nearly as good as the story of Jesus eh!)
The girls found the money in the morning, all were able to get married and they lived happily ever after. Many years later when Nicholas had become a famous holy man, this story was remembered and people began to hang up empty stockings and “secretly” fill them for the children for the morning.
Nicholas visited Jerusalem before he grew too old and on his return moved to town of Myra, an important centre of the Christian faith. He visited the local church to find a delegation wishing to welcome him as their new bishop. The congregation had been praying all night in their search for new bishop to replace the last one who had died a few days before. They “heard a voice like thunder” instructing them to choose the first man who entered the church that morning.
The new Bishop of Myra continued his generous ways performing miracles and and amazing deeds. He saved sailors from drowning, innocents from harm and Myra from famine. His interests remained very much with children and he was loved and respected so much the people built a church in his honour: the church of St. Nicholas, still there today.
Years later another church was built in remembrance to him, this time in Italy, as the story was retold and the children of Europe began to hang stockings on the eve of 06 December St. Nicholas’ Day. Passing of time this tradition was melded together with 24/25 December and America (apparently Coca-Cola) added the red imagery. 30.12.2015 - Tracing the Occult Origins of Christmas: http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/12/16/tracing-the-occult-origins-of-christmas/ Christianity Mind Control and its Terrifying Power Over Believers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJz_CEkXR60
Cappadocia is situated in the heart of Turkey amidst volcanic landscape sculpted by erosion. This is the biblical land of St. Paul where Christians carved churches and dwellings and dug subterranean cities to evade Uralo-Altaic invaders. The unspoilt village of Uchisar at an altitude of 1,300m dominates a breath-taking landscape including fertile valleys where almond, apricot and mulberry trees flourish.
The ancient Kingdom of Cappadocia (Kapadokya) was forever sandwiched between hostile powers laying either side of this East-West Anatolian highway. Conquerors have included the Assyrians, Hittites, Phrygians, Persians, Greeks of Alexander, Romans, Byzantine Emperors, Seljuks and the Ottomans. The inhabitants of Cappadocia therefore, needed not only a home, but a refuge.
There are said to be 200 underground cities, but only four remain open to the public. Christians used these underground dwellings to hide from Muslim enemies, Greeks used them 400BC and possibly Hittites before that.
It was a land of prayer. In the 4th century AD, Bishop Basil of Caesarea (now Kayseri) initiated a monastic Christian centre, remaining so for 1,000 years until the Ottoman conquest of the 15th century. Among the 3,000 rock churches, the soldier is almost as common a figure as the saint.