Google Maps image illustrating the geographic centre of the world.
Turkey is the centre of the world!
According to one calculation, by Holger Isenberg, a rural part of
Çorum is the geographical centre of the world. A previous calculation estimated that the centre was 150 km south of Ankara. Ironically, the old calculation was near Akşehir, an area claimed to be the centre of the world by Nassredin Hoca, a character and historical figure believed to have lived in the 13th century.
Previously the largest church in the world for nearly a thousand years, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque under the Ottomans and later a museum.
A secular country with a majority Muslim population, Turkey actually has some of Christianity’s most important sites. A number of important figures in Christianity where born in what is now modern day Turkey including: Saint Paul born in Tarsus (Mersin), Abraham in Urfa, Saint Paul in
Gökyurt (Konya), Saint Nicholas in Demre (Antalya), and Polycarp in Izmir. The Virgin Mary is believed to have stayed in a house located on Mt. Koressos and the chapel is visited by both Christians and Muslims to this day. Debated to be one of the first built churches, Church of St Peter is located in Antakya (Antioch).
The 7 Churches of Apocalypse are all situated in the Aegean region of Anatolia - Ephesus, Smyrna (Izmir), Pergamum, Thyatira (Nazilli), Sardis, Philadelphia (Alasehir) and Laodicea.
There are numerous churches, monasteries and other holy christian buildings throughout Turkey some that are now preserved as historical sites but some that are still active. There is a small practicing Christian community in Turkey largely made up of ethnic Greeks, Armenians, and Assyrians.
Turks love Facebook
Turkey ranks number 7 among countries with the most Facebook users in 2014 with over 42% penetration. Turks enjoy having close-knit and simultaneously large networks, one of the reasons the site has proven so popular in Turkey.