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DESCRIPTION OF TURKEY
Brief description: The territory of the state is 814,578 thousand km2. The population of the country is about 68 million people. Turkey is washed by the Black Sea from the north, the Mediterranean from the south, the Aegean from the west, and between Thrace and the Middle East – the Sea of Marmara.
Climate. Turkey’s climate is extremely diverse. Central Turkey is an area of continental climate with rather cool snowy winters, on the western and southern coasts of the country the climate is subtropical – warm and sunny from early spring to late autumn. On the coasts of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, the swimming season begins in April and ends in November.
Turkey yesterday and today. Asia Minor is one of the first centers of world civilization and culture. Archaeological finds in this area date back to the Upper Paleolithic. Traces of ancient settlements that existed about 150,000 years ago were found in the Karain grotto near Antalya. During excavations on the Chatal Huyuk hill, a small city was discovered, the emergence of which dates back to 6500-5500 years. BC.
The special geographical position played a major role in the historical development of the country. Replacing each other, different peoples – immigrants from Europe and Asia – inhabited this land: Hittites and Cymellians, Phrygians and Lydians, Greeks and Romans, Selchuks and Ottomans. Each civilization has left its mark on the history of the country, has had its influence on the formation of culture and traditions.
In the IX-VI centuries. BC. Persians assert their dominion in Asia Minor. In 334–133 BC the territories of Asia Minor belonging to the Seleucids are under the rule of the Kingdom of Pergamon, and in the 1st century BC. they are part of the Roman Empire. As a result of the wars of conquest and the coming to power of the Ottoman dynasty, a vast Ottoman Empire was formed, which reached its peak in the 16th century under Suleiman the Magnificent. Starting from the second half of the 17th century and up to the beginning of the 20th century, there was a slow disintegration of the empire.
On April 23, 1920, the National Assembly was established under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal. In 1923, the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed with Ankara as its capital. Economic and political reforms completely changed the face of the country, turned Turkey into a secular democratic state. As a token of the great gratitude of the people, Mustafa Kemal received the name Atatürk (“Father of the Turks”).
Over the past decades, the Turkish economy has been developing rapidly. Today it is a powerful industrial-agrarian state. Turkey is a candidate for the European Community and has been a member of NATO since 1952. The main branch of agriculture is agriculture (cereals, cotton, tobacco, sugar beets). The textile and leather industries, coal mining and processing, and the chemical industry are well developed. Recently, a special place has been given to the development of sports.
The national football team won the bronze medal at the 2002 World Cup. In 2003, Turkish athlete Sureya Ayhan took second place in the World Championships in athletics. Turkish singer Sertab Erener became the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003, and the Turkish beauty Azra Akyn was recognized as Miss World 2003.
One of the successfully developing sectors of the economy is tourism. Rich historical heritage, favorable climate, first-class service and traditional Turkish hospitality attract millions of tourists from all over the world.
Language. The official language of Turkey is Turkish. The modern Turkish language has developed on the basis of the Turkic languages using the Latin alphabet. In tourist centers are used: English, German, Russian, French.
Visa. Russian citizens do not need to apply for a visa in advance at the embassy. At the border, a special stamp is pasted into the foreign passport, which gives the right to stay in the country for two months, and also allows entry into the country during this period.
Turkish cuisine.Turkish cuisine is renowned as one of the best in the world and offers a huge variety of gourmet dishes and drinks. Priority is given to beef and lamb dishes.
Traditional Turkish dishes: doner and kebab. Dolma is very popular, for which tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and grape leaves are used. A special place in Turkish cuisine is given to sweets. The most popular alcoholic drink is “raki” (aniseed vodka), which, when diluted with water, becomes white, for which it was called “lion’s milk”.
Money.The Turkish lira is the monetary unit of Turkey. The exchange rate is subject to significant fluctuations, and therefore, we recommend not to exchange all the money at once. Currency can be changed at currency exchange offices and at the post office. Keep in mind that almost everywhere they accept dollars and euros for payment.
mail and phone. Turkish Post – black “PTT” characters on a yellow background. The main post office is open around the clock. In Turkey, all types of telephone communication are paid. You can contact Russia via an automatic line using the code: 007 + city code + phone number. You can use both the hotel telephone and the telephone booths located near the post offices. Telephone plastic cards are sold at the post office.
Transport. The bus is the most popular means of communication within Turkey.
You can take taxis, which always have taximeters (at night from 24:00 to 6:00 there is a double rate). During the daytime, dolmushi operate – minibuses with a fixed fare. In small towns, traffic ends at about 20:00. If you are not at a stop, it is enough to raise your hand to make the bus or dolmush stop.
Medical service. All medical care in Turkey is paid. If you need a doctor, contact the hotel reception or use an insurance medical policy.
Time. Turkey lives according to Eastern European time (Central European time plus 2 hours, Moscow time minus 1 hour).
Safe.Important documents, cash and jewelry should be kept in the hotel safe. If it is not in the room, it can be rented for a small fee at the hotel reception, otherwise, the hotel administration is not responsible for any loss.
Tips. They depend on you and on the service provided to you: you can leave 5–10% of the bill to the waiter. Porter at the hotel and airport within 1-2 dollars. There is no need to tip in taxis.
Hotels.The necessary information. Before you make your choice on a particular hotel, get acquainted with the information about the hotel classification. Check-out time in most hotels is 12:00 (if your flight is in the evening, luggage can be left in the hotel’s storage room). Accommodation in hotels is carried out in available vacant rooms at the discretion of the administration. The mode of operation of air conditioners, the schedule for the operation of swimming pools, water attractions and other facilities included in the infrastructure of the hotel is set by its administration.
DOCUMENTS FOR TRAVELING TO TURKEY, VISA TO TURKEY
Citizens of Belarus from June 1, 2014 will be able to stay in Turkey for 30 days without issuing a visa. Within one year, it will be possible to enter Turkey without a visa multiple times, but the total duration of such a stay should not exceed 90 days. From January 1, 2015, the validity of foreign passports of tourists must expire at least 120 days from the date of entry into Turkey.
The visa-free regime does not apply to trips for the purpose of work (except for the transport of passengers and goods), study, scientific activities, family reunification and residence.