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Learn Turkish Online

Yunus Emre Enstitüsü's "Distance Turkish Instruction Portal", implemented in February 2017, has reached nearly 100 thousand users. Yunus Emre Enstitüsü bringing Turkish language and culture to many countries of the world with more than 50 cultural centres and 139 contact points, also reaches the destinations where there is no YEE centres, by way of its…
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Traditional Arts and Crafts

Handicrafts Handicrafts have been around since man’s earliest days in accordance with the prevailing environmental conditions. The first examples were necessities such as protection or coverings. Handicrafts were later improved and adapted according to environmental conditions, eventually becoming "traditional" and accepted as an art that reflects the artistic sense, feelings and cultural characteristics of a…
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Turkish Ebru Art

Ebru is a traditional Turkish art of paper decoration by spreading paints, which do not dissolve in water, with brushes made of horse hair and rose wood on dense water that is thickened by gum-tragacanth. The word Ebru origin comes from Persian language (Ebri-eyebrow or Ab-ru-face of water) Ebru in Turkish which means marbling. It…
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Miniature Work

MINIATURE WORK This is the name given to the art of producing very finely detailed, small paintings. In Europe in the Middle Ages, handwritten manuscripts would be decorated by painting capital letters red. Lead oxide, known as 'minium' in Latin and which gave a particularly pleasant colour, was used for this purpose. That is where…
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Archaeological Site of Ani

2016 This site is located on a secluded plateau of northeast Turkey overlooking a ravine that forms a natural border with Armenia. This medieval city combines residential, religious and military structures, characteristic of a medieval urbanism built up over the centuries by Christian and then Muslim dynasties. The city flourished in the 10th and 11th…
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About Turkey

Official Name of Country Republic of Turkey    Capital City Ankara   Government Parliamentary Democracy   Population 78.7 million (2015)   Labor Force (Population) 29.7 million (2015)   Median Age 31 (2015)   Official Language Turkish   President Recep Tayyip Erdogan   Prime Minister Binali Yildirim   Area 783,562.38 km²   Coordinates 39° 55' North,…
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Bursa and Cumalıkızık: the Birth of the Ottoman Empir

2014 This property is a serial nomination of eight component sites in the City of Bursa and the nearby village of Cumalıkızık, in the southern Marmara region. The site illustrates the creation of an urban and rural system establishing the Ottoman Empire in the early 14th century. The property embodies the key functions of the…
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Diyarbakır Fortress and Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape

2015 Located on an escarpment of the Upper Tigris River Basin that is part of the so-called Fertile Crescent, the fortified city of Diyarbakır and the landscape around has been an important centre since the Hellenistic period, through the Roman, Sassanid, Byzantine, Islamic and Ottoman times to the present. The site encompasses the Inner castle,…
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Ephesus

2015 Located within what was once the estuary of the River Kaystros, Ephesus comprises successive Hellenistic and Roman settlements founded on new locations, which followed the coastline as it retreated westward. Excavations have revealed grand monuments of the Roman Imperial period including the Library of Celsus and the Great Theatre. Little remains of the famous…
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