We Visit Turkeyby Amelia LaRoche
Welcome to Turkey, an ancient country that is rocketing into the future. One of the most earthquake-prone places in the world, Turkey is home to rare loggerhead turtles and the elusive Anatolian leopard. Its landscapes vary from snow-covered Mount Ararat, where Noah's Ark is said to have come to rest, to white beaches lapped by the brilliant blue Mediterranean Sea. Turkey's history is ancient and its lands have been governed by a range of rulersfrom Hittite kings who killed careless servants to Roman emperors who helped launch Christianity and to Islamic Ottoman sultans who ruled for six hundred years. Its people celebrate life with delicious feasts and sweet treats, like Turkish delight and revani. They enjoy modern sports such as Formula One auto racing and ancient ones such as grease wrestling. Meet the man who turned Turkey into a modern republic almost overnight, and see the goals today's leaders have for this colorful country.
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