The Turkish flag is a red and white national flag that features a simplistic design. The Turkish flag features a red background with a white star and crescent at the center of the flag. Both the crescent and the star are the classic symbols of Islam. As for the colors, red stands for bravery and strength while white stands for peace and honesty. The flag is often referred to as al bayrak, which stands for “the red flag”. However, it is also commonly called Ay Yildiz, which stands for “Moon Star”. The Turkish flag was created based on the Ottoman flag before it was officially adopted in 1844.
Turkey is a country that is located in Eurasia, which is a region to the west of Asia and southeast of Europe. Turkey is the 19th most populated country in the world, with a higher population than famous countries like France, Italy and the United Kingdom. This is partially because Turkey has been inhabited since the Stone Ages. Nonetheless, Turkey is a democratic constitutional republic that features a growing economy and is becoming a powerful nation within its region.
Fun Fact: Today (October 29) is Turkish Independence Day. On October 29, 1923 the Turkish government declared independence from Istanbul. On this day, many local residents will travel to the nearest stadium venue to view performances that are dedicated to this special day. Performances can include; theater, poetry readings, dances and various school performances. The day typically ends with a fireworks display after dark.
Landmarks & Historical Places
Hagia Sophia is a former Christian basilica that is now a museum located in Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul.
Cappadocia is a region of Turkey that consists of unbelievable natural rock formations. These cone-shaped rock formations are called the “fairy chimneys”.