The Turks first gave the Dutch their famous tulips that started the craze for the flower in England and the Netherlands. Bulbs brought to Vienna from Istanbul in the 1500s were so intensely popular that by 1634 in Holland it was called “tulipmania”. People invested money in tulips as they do in stocks today. This period of elegance and amusement in 17th century Turkey is referred to as “The Tulip Age.”
Two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World stood in Turkey — the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Bodrum.
Turkey is the birthplace of many historical figures such as the Phrygian King Midas, the father of history Herodotus and St Paul.