The Middle Ages 

The region of Anatolia (the Asian portion of modern day Turkiye) has a rich history, but it did not become known as Turkiye until the Seljuk Turks began migrating to the region in the 11th century.

In 1071, under the command of Alp Arslan, the Seljuks defeated the Byzantine Empire’s armies at the Battle of Manzikert, heralding the start of true Turkish control over the region through several small beyliks as well as the Seljuk Sultanate of Rûm, which ruled Anatolia until the Mongol Empire’s invasion. In 1243,  the Seljuk Empire was defeated by the Mongol army in the Battle of Kosedag, leading to Mongol rule over Anatolia for 80 years. Over the years, as the Mongol hold weakened, The Byzantines asserted greater control over the region, with small local Turkish principalities also developing alongside.

From the 13th century century, the Ottoman beylik of the Analtolian region began to unite Anatolia under the banner of the Ottoman empire   

 

 

 

In 1453, the Ottoman Empire fatally wounded the Byzantine Empire when it captured the Byzantine capital at Constantinople.

By the 16th century, the Ottomans had conquered much of Hungary in the north, and as far west as Algeria in northern Africa. At its zenith, the Ottoman empire straddled parts of three continents- Europe, Asia and Africa. Fostering art, culture, religious tolerance, and education, the empire left an indelible mark on both Islamic and world history

Turkiye is and has always been a bridge between cultures. Dualities of Europe-Asia, traditional-modern, as well as urban- rural have led to a historical mosaic and rich cultural heritage- both past and present.  

 

Today, Turkiye is both an Eastern and Western nation when it comes to it’s cultural orientation. This confluence of the traditional and the modern and its effects on art, as well as urban and rural motifs, have led Turkiye to be an exciting cultural heritage destination.

 

Literature, poetry, music, cuisine, art, cinema and every other expression of culture is found in Turkiye in abundance. Whether you are visiting a city or a small town, whether in a tourist hub or in a local village, it is impossible to escape Turkiye’s cultural charm.No wonder Turkiye is one of the top countries visited by tourists to absorb

Turkiye is and has always been a bridge between cultures. Dualities of Europe-Asia, traditional-modern, as well as urban- rural have led to a historical mosaic and rich cultural heritage- both past and present.  

 

Today, Turkiye is both an Eastern and Western nation when it comes to it’s cultural orientation. This confluence of the traditional and the modern and its effects on art, as well as urban and rural motifs, have led Turkiye to be an exciting cultural heritage destination.

 

Literature, poetry, music, cuisine, art, cinema and every other expression of culture is found in Turkiye in abundance. Whether you are visiting a city or a small town, whether in a tourist hub or in a local village, it is impossible to escape Turkiye’s cultural charm.No wonder Turkiye is one of the top countries visited by tourists to absorb