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Turkey Collection

Turkey, a land steeped in history and culture, is a captivating destination that offers a glimpse into the rich tapestry of civilizations that have shaped its identity

Background imageTurkey Collection: Bust of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD)

Bust of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD)
Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD). Roman emperor. Roman bust. Marble. From Kandilli, Lamunia (Bozhoyuk). Archaeological Museum. Istanbul. Turkey

Background imageTurkey Collection: Map of The Byzantine Empire

Map of The Byzantine Empire
A map showing the extent of the Byzantine Empire - the predominantly Greek-speaking continuation of the Roman Empire during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Date: 1800

Background imageTurkey Collection: Apostle Pauls Missionary Journeys, lithograph, published in 1886

Apostle Pauls Missionary Journeys, lithograph, published in 1886
Apostle Pauls Missionary Journeys: 1st (green); 2nd (red); 3rd (blue); last to Rome (yellow). Lithograph, published in 1886. Paul travelled over 10, 000 miles proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ

Background imageTurkey Collection: Map of the Ancient Persian Empire

Map of the Ancient Persian Empire, encompassing Greece to the north west, Arabia to the south east, Egypt and Libya to the south west and deep in the Caucasus in the north east. Date: 1798

Background imageTurkey Collection: Ancient Greece and its colonies around the Aegean

Ancient Greece and its colonies around the Aegean
Map of the Aegean Sea in the time of ancient Greece. Printed color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageTurkey Collection: Aerial view of Dalyan, Dalaman, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Aerial view of Dalyan, Dalaman, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageTurkey Collection: Ancient Greek empire

Ancient Greek empire
Map of ancient Greece and its colonies. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illlustration

Background imageTurkey Collection: Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881 - 1938)

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881 - 1938)

Background imageTurkey Collection: Map of the Byzantine Empire in the 9th Century

Map of the Byzantine Empire in the 9th Century
Vintage engraving of a Map of the Byzantine Empire in the 9th Century

Background imageTurkey Collection: Antique map of Constantinople, present day Istanbul

Antique map of Constantinople, present day Istanbul

Background imageTurkey Collection: Louis Wain - A Christmas catastrophe

Louis Wain - A Christmas catastrophe : please, sir, the rat entree has escaped and eaten the turkey, cats eating and drinking Date: circa 1906

Background imageTurkey Collection: Iznik tiles in Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey, Europe

Iznik tiles in Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey, Europe

Background imageTurkey Collection: The Armenian church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island in Lake Van

The Armenian church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island in Lake Van, Anatolia, eastern Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageTurkey Collection: Mustafa Kemal Ataturk dancing with his adopted daughter

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk dancing with his adopted daughter
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938) dancing with his adopted daughter Nebile Hamin on her wedding day to Rachid Bey, the Secretary of the Turkish Embassy at Vienna. Date: 1929

Background imageTurkey Collection: Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia) Sultanahmet

Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia) Sultanahmet, UNESCO World Heritage site, Istanbul, Turkey Elevated view of Aya Sofya (Sancta Sophia), illuminated at dusk, in Sultanahmet

Background imageTurkey Collection: Map of Cyprus

Map of Cyprus
Vintage 19th Century map of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean Sea

Background imageTurkey Collection: TV DINNER, 1954. Packaging for Swansons turkey TV dinner, 1954

TV DINNER, 1954. Packaging for Swansons turkey TV dinner, 1954, designed to resemble a television set

Background imageTurkey Collection: Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881 - 1938)

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881 - 1938) a Turkish army officer, revolutionary statesman, and founder of the Republic of Turkey as well as its first President. A very rare image

Background imageTurkey Collection: Deesis Mosaic. 13th c. TURKEY. Istanbul. Hagia

Deesis Mosaic. 13th c. TURKEY. Istanbul. Hagia Sophia (Basilica of St. Sophia). Detail of Christ Pantocrator. Work located at the southern side of the higher gallery. Late Byzantine art. Mosaic

Background imageTurkey Collection: A 12th century Byzantine mosaic of the Virgin Mary and Child, Aya Sofya

A 12th century Byzantine mosaic of the Virgin Mary and Child, Aya Sofya, Istanbul, Turkey, Europe

Background imageTurkey Collection: Lycian rock tombs, Dalyan, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Lycian rock tombs, Dalyan, Anatolia, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageTurkey Collection: Political map of The Middle East

Political map of The Middle East
Vector illustration of the policital map of The Middle East Reference map was created by the US Central Intelligence Agency

Background imageTurkey Collection: Goreme, Cappadocia, Nevsehir Province, Central Anatolia, Turkey

Goreme, Cappadocia, Nevsehir Province, Central Anatolia, Turkey

Background imageTurkey Collection: Gulets in harbour, Kalkan, Lycia, Antalya Province, Mediterranean Coast, Southwest Turkey, Turkey

Gulets in harbour, Kalkan, Lycia, Antalya Province, Mediterranean Coast, Southwest Turkey, Turkey, Asia Minor, Eurasia

Background imageTurkey Collection: Armenian church, Akdamar island, Lake Van, Anatolia, Turkey, Eurasia

Armenian church, Akdamar island, Lake Van, Anatolia, Turkey, Eurasia

Background imageTurkey Collection: Tughra (Insignia) of Sultan Süleiman the Magnificent (r. 1520-66), ca. 1555-60

Tughra (Insignia) of Sultan Süleiman the Magnificent (r. 1520-66), ca. 1555-60
Tughra (Insignia) of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (r. 1520-66), ca. 1555-60

Background imageTurkey Collection: Mosaic of Empress Zoe, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey, Europe

Mosaic of Empress Zoe, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey, Europe

Background imageTurkey Collection: Bodrum Harbour and The Castle of St. Peter, Bodrum, Bodrum Peninsula, Turkey

Bodrum Harbour and The Castle of St. Peter, Bodrum, Bodrum Peninsula, Turkey

Background imageTurkey Collection: Lamps and lanterns in shop in the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Lamps and lanterns in shop in the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Background imageTurkey Collection: John III Sobieski sending message of victory to the Pope Innocent XI after the Battle of Vienna

John III Sobieski sending message of victory to the Pope Innocent XI after the Battle of Vienna, 1883. Found in the Collection of Musei Vaticani in Viale Vaticano, Rome

Background imageTurkey Collection: The Dance of Dervishes, c1870. Artist: W Forrest

The Dance of Dervishes, c1870. Artist: W Forrest
The Dance of Dervishes, c1870. Whirling dance and practice of the Mevlevi Order in Turkey

Background imageTurkey Collection: Basilica Cistern. 6th century. Istanbul. Turkey

Basilica Cistern. 6th century. Istanbul. Turkey
Turkey. Istanbul. Basilica Cistern. 6th century. Erected during the reign of Justinian I. Interior

Background imageTurkey Collection: Turkey / Izmir / Street / C19

Turkey / Izmir / Street / C19
A man leads his donkey and camels along a narrow street in Izmir. Date: 19th century

Background imageTurkey Collection: HMS Iron Duke and the Great Fire of Smyrna, 1922

HMS Iron Duke and the Great Fire of Smyrna, 1922
A vivid photograph of the burning of Smyrna after its capture by the Turks, with HMS Iron Duke, the flagship of the Mediterranean fleet, in the foreground. Date: 1922

Background imageTurkey Collection: Lord Dufferin, 8th Viceroy of India

Lord Dufferin, 8th Viceroy of India
Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava (1826-1902), 8th Viceroy of India, 1884-1888. He previously served as Governor General of Canada

Background imageTurkey Collection: Catal Huyuk, ancient settlement in Anatolia, Turkey, from c. 6500 BC

Catal Huyuk, ancient settlement in Anatolia, Turkey, from c. 6500 BC

Background imageTurkey Collection: Hagia Sophia, Ayasofya, UNESCO World Heritage Site, European side, Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sophia, Ayasofya, UNESCO World Heritage Site, European side, Istanbul, Turkey

Background imageTurkey Collection: Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, Dardanelles - WW2 - Landing supplies

Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, Dardanelles - WW2 - Landing supplies
Anzac Cove, Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, Dardanelles - WW2 - Landing supplies - view looking towards ArAnburnu, 1915 Date: 1915

Background imageTurkey Collection: The Central Powers of WWI

The Central Powers of WWI
With United Forces (the motto of Emperor Franz Josef I) - patriotic depiction of the Central Powers of WWI - Germany, Turkey and Austro-Hungary

Background imageTurkey Collection: Izmir, Turkey - Camel brand figs

Izmir, Turkey - Camel brand figs
Camel brand Figs from Izmir (Smyrna), Turkey. An advertising card featuring two laden camels from a camel train led by a driver riding a mule Date: circa 1901

Background imageTurkey Collection: Kiz Kulesi (Maidens Tower), Salamac, Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey

Kiz Kulesi (Maidens Tower), Salamac, Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey Kiz Kulesi (Maidens Tower) at sunset - Salamac - Istanbul

Background imageTurkey Collection: Ataturk Reforms Language

Ataturk Reforms Language
Turkey : dictator Kemal Ataturk introduces westernisation of the Turkish language

Background imageTurkey Collection: Dusk view over Maidens Tower or Kiz Kulesi, Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey

Dusk view over Maidens Tower or Kiz Kulesi, Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey

Background imageTurkey Collection: American Thanksgiving card, c1900

American Thanksgiving card, c1900
THANKSGIVING CARD, 1900. American Thanksgiving card, c1900

Background imageTurkey Collection: Black Waiter with Thanksgiving Turkey

Black Waiter with Thanksgiving Turkey
A jovial black waiter in America raises aloft the Thanksgiving Turkey on this Greetings card

Background imageTurkey Collection: Izmir (Smyrna), Turkey - Large fig factory

Izmir (Smyrna), Turkey - Large fig factory
The scale of the fig industry at Izmir is demonstrated in this postcard showing a huge warehouse with a multitude of baskets and workers

Background imageTurkey Collection: Ataturk, Photo

Ataturk, Photo
(MUSTAPHA) KEMAL ATATURK Turkish soldier, statesman and president who created modern Turkey

Background imageTurkey Collection: Turkish Musician Pair

Turkish Musician Pair
Turkish musicians : he plays, she fixes the drinks (1 of 2)



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Turkey, a land steeped in history and culture, is a captivating destination that offers a glimpse into the rich tapestry of civilizations that have shaped its identity. From the majestic bust of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius to the intricate Iznik tiles in Topkapi Palace, every corner of this enchanting country tells a story. As we explore Turkey's past, we encounter remnants of empires long gone. The Map of The Byzantine Empire takes us back to an era when Constantinople stood as the heart of civilization. Apostle Paul's Missionary Journeys lithograph reminds us of Turkey's significance in early Christianity. Delving further into history, we uncover the Ancient Persian Empire through an ancient map. Its influence on Turkish soil cannot be understated. Similarly, Ancient Greece and its colonies around the Aegean showcase their indelible mark on this land. In more recent times, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk emerges as a towering figure who led Turkey towards modernity and progress during his tenure as president from 1923 to 1938. His legacy lives on today as he remains an inspiration for many. Religion also plays a significant role in Turkey's heritage. The Armenian church of Holy Cross stands proudly on Akdamar Island in Lake Van—a testament to centuries-old faith and architectural marvels. Artistic endeavors find their place too within Turkey's borders. Louis Wain's A Christmas Catastrophe painting adds whimsy and charm to our understanding of cultural expressions throughout time. No visit to Turkey would be complete without experiencing its iconic landmarks firsthand—the awe-inspiring Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia) Sultanahmet being one such gem that leaves visitors spellbound with its grandeur. Finally, let us not forget about Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace adorned with mesmerizing Iznik tiles—each tile telling tales from different periods while showcasing breathtaking craftsmanship unique to this region.