Religion and Secularity: 99% of the Turkish population is Moslem. However, everyone in Turkey has freedom of religion and beliefs. The first phases in the introduction of secularism were the abolition of the Caliphate and the Ministry of Sheria and Pious Foundations on March 4th, 1924, followed by the introduction of separate educational and judicial systems, the hat reform, the closure of dervish retreats and religious sects, the acceptance of a Sunday weekend holiday rather than the Moslem Friday and finally the adoption of the principle of secularism in the constitution on 1937. In secular Turkey, all religious affairs are carried out by a central government organisation affiliated to the Prime Ministry, namely the Department of Religious Affairs.
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ABANT (Lake), Bolu
Dense rain forests surrounded Bolu city is appropriate for all kinds of tourism activity. Abant Lake, whose environment has a rich plant cover, is drawing attention as a picnic and resort place during summers and an appropriate place for winter sport... More details
Akcakoca is a town in Duzce Province, Turkey. It is located on the shore of the Black Sea about 200 km east of Istanbul, Turkey. The town is named after a Turkish chieftain of the 14th century CE who added the area to the Osm... More details
Amasra is a historical seaport built on a peninsula. For centuries there have been two bays and two islands that have welcomed mariners from across the seas. And five hills, each more beautiful than the last. Looking down from Boztepe (or Sandy Hill)... More details
Artvin had been called as Coroksi, Corok, Kollehis, Klarceti and as Livane during the Ottoman period. The source and date of this name is not known exactly. But it is understood that the first names are related with Coruh River. The history of Artvin... More details
AYDER Highlands - PLATEAU
Since the distant past the rural people of Turkey have moved to the alpine pastures during the summer, both to escape the heat of summer and to graze their herds on the fresh grass high in the mountains. Now this traditional way of life has become a ... More details
As a settlement, Bafra dates back to the fifth millennium BC. Remnants at Ikiztepe area revealed chalcolithic period (fifth to fourth millennia) habitation signs that continued for an uninterrupted 2300 years until 1700 BC. Both Early Bronze Age and ... More details
The historic progress of Bartin continues with the dominance of Roman Empire and Byzantine Empire and later with the dominance of Turkish Seljuks and Candarogullari State between 11th - 13th centuries AD. Bartin was conquered... More details
BLACK SEA REGION (All Seasons GREEN Lands)
The vibrant green of Turkey's lush, humid Black Sea Coast surprises those who imagine the country to be nothing but barren steppe. From the European border with Bulgaria to the Georgian border, dense pine forests cover the mo... More details
Bolu province is the city where the shades of green and blue embraces each other, sleeping and waking together, where the wind still whispers one of the most dramatic legends at the peaks of the high mountains, where numerous civilizations was founde... More details
Herewith I would like to emphasize again the excellent experience we had last week with our guide Yildirim on the climbing of the Ararat. He was taking care of us with a lot of attention and we could really trust on him. Also after the climbing he was escorting us very kindly and all appointments were taken accurately. It was really a great pleasure for us.
We should also congratulate Celam who prepared nice meals, always with enthousiasm, and we will remind him as our good cook forever.
As soon as we have the opportunity, we will send you some pictures about this expedition.
Be assured we are happy about the way it was organised.
Pierre Kockerols / Brussel