Turkey, stretching from the Balkans to the borders of Syria, Iran, Iraq and the southern Caucasian republics, is Europe’s bridge to the Middle East and Asia.
The Turkish Republic, declared in 1923, rose from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire. Turkey is a secular country, democratic republic with a parliamentary system of government, is a charter member of the United Nations, a member of NATO and a candidate member of the EU ( European Union ). The country’s population approaches 75 million and its land area of 779,452 km2 is nearly equal to the combined territories of the United Kingdom and France.
The Aegean region of Turkey is the country’s most fertile area growing cotton, cereals, vegetables, tobacco, olives, oranges, tangerines, grapes, figs, lemons and other fruits. The region also contains innumerable sites of antiquity including 3 of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the 7 Churches of Asia Minor addressed by St. John in Revelations.
Bodrum is a charming and fascinating little port, 270 km. south of Izmir, on the Aegean coast of Turkey. It is located on the southern coast of Bodrum Peninsula, it faces the Greek island of Kos and at a point that checks the entry into the Gulf of Gokova.
The center of an administrative district, Bodrum, has a permanent population of some 30,000 and stands on the site of the ancient city of Halicarnassus, once the capital of the kingdom of Caria. Located in the southwest corner of the Aegean region of Turkey, Bodrum is a major tourist attraction due to its beautiful coastline, excellent climate and a plethora of proximate sites of historical importance and natural beauty.