In the whole of mankind’s history, few countries can rival Turkey for sheer diversity in culture, history, and landscape. Influenced in turns by both its various conquerors and the two continents it straddles. Greek, Persian, Byzantine, Roman, and Ottoman cultures all clash beautifully throughout the gorgeous nation, which is home to some of the world’s most noteworthy Christian and Muslim landmarks. Both the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque call Turkey home, and they’re just the tip of this wondrous country’s cultural iceberg. However, if you guessed that all that cultural overlap made it relatively easy to get into trouble in Turkey, you guessed right. If you want to soak up this unique country’s charms in peace and safety, here’s what to do.
1. Don’t Forget to Take Your Shoes Off
If you’re visiting a mosque, remember to take your shoes off before entering the building. It’s considered rude to wear shorts, as well. Women should also cover their heads. If you’re fortunate enough to visit a Turkish home, check the entry way for a pile of shoes. If you find one, take the hint and remove your shoes before entering.