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Turkey Culture - Overlanding Africa.com
The main aspects Turkey culture seen on your OverlandingAfrica.com trip include the following cultural elements:
Food influences range from Turkish to Arabic, Greek, Armenian and Persian cuisine, with specialities such as kebabs, meze, pastries, deserts and the famous Turkish coffee.
Turkey architecture spans from its early Ottoman period, Bursa period, classical period and Western, Tulip, Baroque, Empire and late Ottoman periods that all influence the buildings seen in the country.
Art in Turkey is taking on a freer and more individualistic nature, after a transition from Islamic art traditions during the Ottoman period. Calligraphy plays a key role in the Turkish art history, while sculpture plays a smaller role.
Traditional music in Turkey includes classical art music and folk music, with influences from the early Ottoman era as well as pre-Turkic influences. Modern music is also very popular, with a strong Western influence.
Literature and cinema:
Turkish literature has strong roots in the Turkish folk tradition, and is evolving to a new era of freedom of speech, with poetry and social realism playing a key role. Cinema is also popular in Turkish culture, with Western and traditional influences.