The most valuable silk carpet in the world

The most valuable silk carpet in the world is in the Mevlâna Museum in Konya.  Marco Polo’s journeys in the 13th century took him to Turkey, and he remarked that the “best and handsomest of rugs” were to be found in Turkey.   

The Seven Churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation - Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea – are all located in Anatolia. 

The word “turquoise” comes from “turc,” meaning Turkish, and was derived from the beautiful color of the Mediterranean Sea on the southern Turkish coast. 

A cave known as the Grotto of St. Peter, or Church of St. Peter, is believed to be the place where St. Peter preached when he visited Antioch (Antakya in southern Turkey). It is considered to be one of the earliest Christian houses of worship.  In 1963, the Papacy designated the site as a place of pilgrimage and recognized it as the world’s first cathedral.  Every year on June 29, a special service held at the church is attended by Christians from around the world.