"Cumhuriyet Bayramı Kutlu Olsun — Happy Republic Day!"
This year marks 100 years since the founding of the Republic of Türkiye. As a Turkish woman (who happens to share a birthday with the Republic!), I’m excited to mark this special moment. Our diverse culture, heritage and of course food (the smell of my mum’s Turkish green beans and pilav comes to mind) are a big part of who I am today and one of the things I’m most proud of. Türkiye has been shaped by its centuries-old history and its unique geographic location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.
To celebrate, Google has partnered with the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Directorate General of Cultural Assets and Museums, as well as Türkiye Tourism Promotion and Development Agency to bring you Treasures of Türkiye. This new online hub on Google Arts & Culture showcases Türkiye’s hidden gems in an entirely new way — and it’s one way Google has been supporting Türkiye’s digitization since 2006. You can browse more than 70 expertly-curated stories and 20 new virtual tours of museums and heritage sites captured for the first time in 360 degrees. Renowned historian Bettany Hughes also takes you on an exclusive journey through a documentary series highlighting the country's rich history and heritage.
Explore heritage sites and museums virtually
The Library of Celsus, Ephesus, Türkiye, from the collection of Turkish General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums
Curious about history? Explore Göbeklitepe, an ancient megalithic site over 11,000 years old. Visit the Ephesus Museum to see artifacts like the Great Frieze of the Temple of Artemis and the statue of Eros with the dolphin. Celebrate the Turkish Republic's centenary with a film on Atatürk by Bettany Hughes and a virtual tour of the Republic Museum, where he declared the principles of the Turkish revolution.
Discover must-try dishes
Making of Mantı, from the collection of Türkiye Tourism Promotion and Development Agency
Learn about the Turkish breakfast buffet and Turkish tea, as you try to decide on which bread to pair your food with. You might have heard about the kebap, but did you know about all the different types? Be sure to check out these 8 seafood delights and 6 veggie olive oil dishes. And don’t miss out on the Nevzine, a unique dessert with its perfect balance of flavors, including sweet pekmez (grape molasses) and toasty tahin (tahini) — there’s no shortage of sweet syrupy desserts, too.
Go back in time with Bettany Hughes
Bettany Hughes at Zeugma Mosaics Museum
Learn how ceramic making in Iznik, a 7000-year-old tradition, was influenced during the 15th century when ambassadors to the palace brought Chinese porcelain. Discover the famous city of Troy’s 9 archaeological layers that show how it grew over 4000 years. And continue the journey across centuries with Bettany.