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Quick Facts (Source: Encyclopedia Britannica Online)
Official name: Republic of Turkey (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti)
Form of government: Multiparty republic with one legislative house (Turkish Grand National Assembly)
Capital: Ankara
Independence: 29 October 1923 (successor state to the Ottoman Empire)
Area: 783,562 sq km
Population: 72,083,000 (2005 est.)
Nationality: Turk(s)
Ethnic groups: Turks, Kurds, and others
Religions: Islam (mostly Sunni), Christianity and Judaism (to a small extent)
Languages: Turkish (official), Kurdish, Arabic
Brief History (Source: The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05)
Although Anatolia (the western portion of Asian Turkey) is one of the oldest inhabited regions of the world, the history of Turkey as a national state began only with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1918.  ...   » More


Referential Sites

Turkey (IU - Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center)

Turkey (CIA World Factbook)

Flag of Turkey

Turkey Country Study (Library of Congress)

Turkey Country Profile (BBC News)

Turkey (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Turkish People

Turkey Maps (UT - Perry Castenada Library Map Collection)

Journal of Modern Turkish Studies (Ankara University, TR)

Turkish History, Leavening of Cultures, Civilization (Hasan Paksoy, 1992)

A Nation of Empire: The Ottoman Legacy of Turkish Modernity (Michael E. Meeker, 2002)

Paul Stirling's Ethnographic Data Archive (

Official Sites

Presidency of the Republic of Turkey   (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Cumhurbaşkanlığı)

The Grand National Assembly of Turkey   (Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi)

Turkish Prime Ministry   (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Başbakanlığı)

Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism   (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı)

Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs   (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Dışişleri Bakanlığı)

Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC   (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Vaşington Büyükelçiliği)

Turkish State Archives   (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Devlet Arşivleri Genel Müdürlüğü) (in Turkish only)

İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality   (İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi)

Official City Guide: İstanbul   (İstanbul'da Yaşam Portalı)

Communal Sites

History Foundation of Turkey  (Tarih Vakfı)

Turkish Historical Society   (Türk Tarih Kurumu)

Turkish Language Association / Türk Dil Kurumu (in Turkish only)

Turkish National Library   (Milli Kütüphane)

Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation   (Türkiye Ekonomik ve Sosyal Etüdler Vakfı)

Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey   (Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştırma Kurumu)

Arts & Cultural Sites

DiscoverTurkey (Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism)

Art and Culture (Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism)

Wonders of Turkey - Who is Who - Music from Turkey - Handicrafts - Decorative Arts - Visual Arts - Folk InstrumentsFolk Architecture - Traditional Costumes - Culinary Culture - Folk Cultures

Turkish Culture Portal (Turkish Cultural Foundation)

Architecture - Literature - Music - Culinary Arts - Life Styles - Philosophers - Fine Art - Ceramic Arts - Applied Arts - Performing Arts - Fabrics and Patterns - Tapestry - General - Nature - Military

Culture and Art in İstanbul (İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality)

Contemporary Turkish Literature  (Boğaziçi University, TR)

Selections from an Anthology of Turkish Literature (by Kemal Silay)

Encyclopedia of Turkish Authors (Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism)

Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative (includes audio files) (Texas Tech University)

Turkish Shadow Theater: Karagöz (

Karagöz Documentary (Turkish Historical Society)

Turkish Poetry (

İstanbul Poems (İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality)

Turkish Music Portal (Turkish Cultural Foundation)

History of Turkish Music - Instruments - Composers and Performers - Samples of Turkish Music (Turkish Classical Music - Turkish Folk Music - Turkish Pop Music - Contemporary Turkish Music ) - Types of Turkish Music - Adresses and Associations

Music from Turkey (Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism)

Classical Turkish Music - Folk Songs - Liberation Folk Songs - Belly Dance Music - Cantos - Tangos - Turkish Pop Music - Children Songs - Operas - Symphonic Music - Therapy Music - Old Istanbul Songs - Janissary Band Music - Sufist Music - Hymns - Marchs - Folk Instruments

Culture Music (Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism)

Turkish Music Voice Library (

İstanbul Songs (İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality)

Original Turkish Paintings Gallery (

Art of Ebru (Marbling) (by Ahmet Saral)

The Art of Ebru (by Feridun Özgören)

Marbling Art (by Köksal Çiftçi)

Traditional Turkish Marbling (

Turkish Hand Crafts (Marbling) Documentary (Turkish Historical Society)

Archaeological Settlements of Turkey (

Çatalhöyük: Excavations of a Neolithic Anatolian Höyük (

Focus on Catal Hoyuk (

Mysteries of Çatalhöyük (

Ancient City of Ephesus (

Perseus Site: Ephesos (

Ephesus: An on-line Panaromic Virtual Tour (

Images of Ephesus (

International Nemrud Foundation (

Virtual World of Nemrut Dagi (

Prehistoric Archaeology of the Aegean (Dartmouth College)

General Sites

Turkish Media (in Turkish) (

National Newspapers - National Televisions - National Radios - News Portals - Media-News Portals - Journals-Periodicals - Magazine Portals - Finance News - Sports News - Informatics News - Health News - Local Newspapers - Local News Portals - Local Televisions - Live TV's - Live Radios

Culture & Tourism TV (Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism)

Introduction Films of Turkey (Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism)

Virtual Museums (Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism)

Turkish Films (

Images of Turkey (

Turkey Photo Gallery (

Turkey Photo Gallery (

Turkey Photo Forum (in Turkish) (

Turkey Pictures (by Dick Osseman)

Turkey in Photos (

Turkey in Pictures (

Bildarchiv Turkei (

Panoramik Turkey Photographs (in Turkish) (

Istanbul Panorama and Turkey Images (

İstanbul Movie (İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality)

Video of İstanbul (

İstanbul Photographs (İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality)

Istanbul: Where East meets West (

A Whirlwind Tour of Turkey - In the Blue Mosque of Istanbul - Want the Best of Asia and Europe? Try Istanbul - How Lauer got to Istanbul - Istanbul: What you need to know - Fascinating facts about Turkey - Where is Lauer on Day 4? Turkey! - Lauer takes quickie tour of Istanbul - Lauer's presents from Turkey - Tempting Turkish dishes - Whirling dervishes of Turkey - How to go to Istanbul

A City of Many Pasts Embraces the Future (New York Times / September 25, 2005)

Going to; Istanbul (New York Times / March 27, 2005)

Insite Pages

*You may also find useful links on the Modern Turkish web page on this website.

*You may also find useful links on the University of Michigan Turkish Life in Pictures (TULIP) image database.

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