Did you know that the country of Turkey’s real official name is actually called The Republic of Turkey and it’s been called that since 1923? I have been learning so many interesting things about Turkey and there is a lot more to Turkey than meets the eye. Between the beaches and bustling markets lies a wealth of interesting history filled with religious and literary figures and many different languages.
Here are a few interesting facts about the country of Turkey:
In 1503, Leonardo da Vinci submitted plans for a bridge across the Bosphorus, but it was never built.
Turkey is the birthplace of some famous historical figures such as Aesop, Homer, and St. Paul the Apostle.
Most Turks didn’t have surnames until 1934.
The very first Christian church was built by a man in Antioch, Turkey.
Turkey is responsible for 80% of the world’s hazelnut exports.
Istanbul is the world’s only city spanning two continents and only 3% of Turkey is in Europe.
Turkey’s Black Sea coastline stretches for 1650km, which is the same distance as Paris to Berlin.
Biblical History Of Turkey
As I was researching Turkey, my husband suggested that I should include a little Biblical history on the country as well. What a great idea!
When I was looking at the Biblical history of Turkey, I discovered that 60% of the places mentioned in the Bible are in Turkey. According to the Old Testament, Noah, his children, and the animals from the Ark started the repopulation of the earth from Mt. Ararat in Eastern Turkey. Abraham’s call to greatness began in Harran in Southeast Turkey.
The Hittites, Urartians, Assyrians, Phrygians, Cimmerians, Lydians and many other nations from the Old Testament once lived in Turkey. The people of the Bible have left records of their activities in this country, from Noah to St. Paul’s time.
About The Recipe
This time we decided to try out Turkish Cilbir, which is poached eggs in yogurt. I know that there are probably some people that think that sounds disgusting, but it actually tastes really good.
I eat mostly Sunny Side Up or Scrambled eggs, so I don’t have a lot of experiencing when it comes to poaching eggs, so I found a great video on poaching eggs in the oven, which is very easy. Please watch this video if you would like to learn a quick and easy way to poach eggs.