The Old World of the West
Europe is a colorful array of architectural styles, cultures, and landscapes. The European Union combines 24 official languages along with more than 60 additional indigenous regional languages. Most people speak multiple languages, with English and French being the most commonly used.
Examples of architecture such as palaces, cathedrals, cottages and museums and a multitude of styles dot the landscape and cities of France. From the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, from the Alps to the Pyrenees Mountains, France shares its borders with neighboring countries that it has been both influenced by and at odds with over the centuries. It’s regions are shaped by its varied climate and geography.
Bridge Between Continents
Turkey is unlike any other country. It is uniquely situated between the two continents of Europe and Asia, and is considered part of the Middle East. Originally part of the Roman Empire, then later taken over by the Ottoman Empire, the history of Turkey and its central position on the map lends a rich depth of culture, trade and architecture.
A melded culture is observed particularly in the city of Istanbul, which was once called Byzantium, then Constantinople. It is here that its European identity is most prevalent, while interwoven with its Middle Eastern culture. Muslim mosques stand prominently while commingling with Christian churches and Jewish Synagogues.