It’s been said that Turkey is the crossroads of the world, where Europe meets Asia and, tradition bumps heads with modernity. History here runs deep and wide. For over three millennia cultures have waxed and waned in Turkey. The ancient HIttites were once here as were the Persians.
As the western Roman Empire shrank, its eastern capital flourished in Constantinople. Named for the emperor Constantine, it endured for centuries as the capitol of the Byzantine Empire. Next came the Ottomans who brought Islam to Turkey and ruled until the end of World War I. (more…)