The cultural structure of Turkey consists of the accumulation of very rich and diverse cultures from the depths of its history. Being one of the oldest settlements in the world, Turkey has a rare cultural richness due to its thousands of years of history and the influence of many different cultures. Turkish is the native language of 90% of the Turkey population. Other languages spoken include various Caucasian and Kurdish dialects, as many as 70 languages and dialects such as Arabic, Greek, Latin, and Armenian. Some of the common cultural traditions of Turkey are as follows:
- Birth Traditions: Birth is the first of the transition periods and has always been accepted as a happy event in Turkey as well as all over the world. There are many rituals related to this.
- National Holidays: It is celebrated in cities and towns in a festive atmosphere.
- Folk Dances: Folk dances are played at weddings, engagements, sendoff soldiers, birth, religious and national holidays as a result of the victory.
- Music Culture: This richness in the general cultural structure of Turkey naturally reflects the music culture as well.
- Traditional Arts and Crafts: Traditional Turkish Handicrafts; Carpet making, rug weaving, fabric weaving, tile making, ceramic-pottery making, embroidery, leatherwork, musical instrument making, stonemasonry, copper work, basketry, saddle making, metalworking, and wood-woodworking.
- Turkish Cuisine Culture: Nutrition styles are shaped according to the cultural, geographical, ecological, economic structure, and historical process.
Turkey has a rich history. Turkey has been one of the most important transit routes in the world for years. Also, many different civilizations lived in Turkey. Many parts of Anatolia are full of traces of civilizations that lived in these lands. Turkey is the luckiest country in the world, with a rich history. Some of the most popular historical places in Turkey are as follows:
- Istanbul Historical Peninsula: Istanbul is the only city in the world established on two continents and it is also one of the most beautiful cities in Turkey that hosts the most tourists. Istanbul is full of historical and touristic places, and it also maintains this feature today as it was an important transfer center for intercontinental journeys in the past. Istanbul Historic Peninsula is the right place to see the city’s historical past and natural beauties. In the Historic Istanbul Peninsula in the UNESCO List; Topkapi Palace, Obelisk, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Archeology Museum, and Turkish-Islamic Arts Museum are located together.
- Sumela Monastery: Sumela Monastery consists of a Greek Orthodox monastery and a church complex. It is also located in the Macka district of Trabzon and on a steep hill.
- Ephesus Ancient City: The Ancient City of Ephesus, located in our city of Izmir, is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, as well as among the 12 cities of Ionia.
- Cappadocia: Cappadocia, located on the border of Nevsehir province, is one of the most beautiful cities that host thousands of tourists every year to see its natural beauties.
- Nemrut Mountain: Although Nemrut Mountain is located on the border of Adiyaman province, it fascinates thousands of people with its sunrise view.