Because of its geographical
location, Anatolia has always been important
throughout history and is the birthplace of many
The surface area
of Turkey including the lakes is 814,578 km² /
314,503 sq miles. It is much larger than many
European countries or even Texas (18%) in the US.
Out of the total land, 97% is in Asia and this
part is called Anatolia or Asia Minor; 3% is in
Europe which is called Thrace.
Although 97% of
Turkey is located in Asia, in many respects it is
accepted as a European country and as a result,
Turkey takes its place in nearly all European
contests and associations.
rectangular in shape with a length of 1,660 km /
1,031 miles and a width of 550 km / 341 miles.