Turkey - Encounter Culture
AAG wants to not only promote cultural exchange through our programs, but also provide an opportunity to travel the world virtually. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to learn more about a featured country with whom we are establishing and creating stronger business, political and human ties. This month we are featuring Turkey.
Turkey is officially known as the Republic of Turkey which is located on two continents. A small portion of the country lies on the Southeastern part of Europe and the majority of the country lies in Western Asia. The country has 7 distinct geographic weather and climatic regions, from coastline of the Black Sea, rolling hills to mountainous ranges. The coastal areas of Turkey bordering the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea have a temperate Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild to cool, wet winters. Winter on the plateau are extremely severe ranges from -22 F to -40 F in eastern Anatolia and snow may lie on the ground at least 120 days of the year.
Turkey has been inhabited since the Paleolithic age and has various cultural influences from the Roman Empire to the Byzantine or Ottoman Empires. The culture is very diverse and is a blend of various elements of the Greco-Roman and Islamic cultures and Western culture and traditions, which started with the Westernization of the Ottoman Empire and still continues today.
Though Istanbul is not the capital, it is a highly recognizable city in Turkey, which is home to some iconic landmarks such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern and the Grand Bazaar. Some have describe that enter the city of Istanbul is overwhelming moment for your senses. From the smell of street vendor’s kabobs to the sounds of daily Islamic prayers to the site of handmade brightly colored tapestries on display on Taksim square. Learn a little more about Turkish Cuisine
In regards to the arts, Turkish dance is a very important and inseparable part of the rich heritage of Turkish culture. There are several forms of Turkish dance that are extremely popular among the people.
Check out some traditional Turkish Dance
The motto is “Egemenlik kayıtsız şartsız milletindir” which means sovereignty rests unconditionally with the nation.