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23 Reasons That Turkey Is The World's Melting Pot

Everyone wanted to get their little bit of Turkey. It shows.

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And while that's totally true, Turkey is so much more than just that. It's a real melting pot for all surrounding cultures. For example...

And beyond just food, there's all the history, like...

8. Even the Virgin Mary thought Turkey was pretty fine, and she spent her last days there near the shore.

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Every year, thousands of elderly European tourists imitate Mary and flock to Turkey's shores.

14. Of course, the Greeks and Romans also influenced places like Ephesus.

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Fun fact! Ephesus was also the location of The Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

15. And the Hittites also dug Turkey... Literally. They built underground cities at Cappadocia.

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Fun fact! During times of Roman persecution, early Christians used to hide in these underground cities.

19. Rumi, an Afghan Sufi mystic, lived, worked, and died in Turkey.

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Fun fact! Pilgrims of all faiths from around the world continue to visit his tomb in Konya, as his message was one of love and inclusion to all.

And, of course, there's always Istanbul.

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