Kırkkaşık Bedesten in Tarsus

Kırkkaşık Bedesten, literally translated as the Bazaar of Forty Spoons, is a covered market in Tarsus. Its history is closely related to the Grand Mosque of Tarsus, standing next to it. The bedesten is not only a historical attraction to the tourists who visit Tarsus, but it also plays a commercial role as a famous shopping centre.

Kırkkaşık Bedesten in Tarsus
Kırkkaşık Bedesten in Tarsus

Grand Mosque of Tarsus

When visiting the city of Tarsus, it is worth to remember not only about the monuments of the ancient period and the times of early Christianity. The history of the Grand Mosque (tr. Ulu Cami) is a perfect illustration of the turbulent history of the town, where numerous cultures and religions influenced each other, sometimes in an unexpected way.

Grand Mosque of Tarsus
Grand Mosque of Tarsus

Yesemek

Yesemek quarry and workshop complex is truly a unique place on a global scale. In the old days, it served as a quarry and a workshop of monumental sculptures that decorated the Hittite sanctuaries in the south-eastern Anatolia. Today, it is the largest place of its kind, known to researchers of the Middle East. The travellers who arrive there can admire hundreds of Hittite sculptures in various stages of completion.

Yesemek
Yesemek

Cleopatra's Gate in Tarsus

Tarsus is a city with a very long history, and numerous famous individuals have strolled down its streets. The first meeting of Mark Antony and Cleopatra is undoubtedly one of the most colourful episodes in the history of Tarsus. It is often said that it took place at one of the massive gates of the city. This particular gate is now called the Cleopatra's Gate at the memory of that event.

Cleopatra's Gate in Tarsus
Cleopatra's Gate in Tarsus

Laodicea on the Lycus

Laodicea on the Lycus, located at the crossroads of important trade routes, was once a prosperous city, famous for its black wool, banking services, and medical achievements. In the times of late antiquity, it had a large Jewish community and a significant congregation of Christians. St. John mentioned Laodicea as one of the Seven Churches of Asia in the Book of Revelation

Temple A in Laodicea on the Lycus
Temple A in Laodicea on the Lycus

Tarsus Museum

Tarsus Museum is an attractive venue that combines, as it often happens in Turkish museums, archaeological and ethnographic sections. The museum boasts more than 35,000 exhibits in its collections, of which the vast majority are antique coins. In addition, the museum collections contain more than 5,000 archaeological artifacts, 1.5 thousand ethnographic objects, and six historical manuscripts. Moreover, Tarsus Museum supervises ten archaeological sites, five nature reserves and conservation areas, and more than two hundred historical buildings, of religious, military, and civilian character. The most famous of them is probably the St. Paul's Well, located in the centre of Tarsus.

Quran manuscripts - Tarsus Museum
Quran manuscripts - Tarsus Museum

Antioch of Pisidia

Antioch of Pisidia is one of these archaeological sites that enchant visitors with their glorious past. At the same time, Antiochia has a quiet and peaceful ambience, free of the hustle and bustle, characteristic of more famous ancient cities of Asia Minor, such as Ephesus. The extensive ruins of the ancient city are located at an altitude of over a thousand meters above sea level, near the modern town of Yalvaç. Travellers interested in the geography of the New Testament often visit Antioch as a place closely associated with the missionary activity of Saint Paul.

St. Paul Church in Antioch of Pisidia
St. Paul Church in Antioch of Pisidia

News from the Temple of Apollo in Didyma

One of the Greek houses to be renovated
One of the Greek houses to be renovated

Recently, Turkish Archaeological News has got in touch with Glenn Maffia who is the columnist for Voices Newspaper. His main research interest is the Temple of Apollo in Didyma and its surroundings. Here's a letter Glenn has sent to TAN portal, along with an excellent Apollo Temple Guide brochure that everyone can download - just click on the link below.

Sultan Mausoleums near Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

Probably almost everyone who visited Istanbul as a tourist used an opportunity to see the extraordinary museum of Hagia Sophia. It's the most famous historical monument not only in Istanbul but also in Turkey. In 2015, it was visited by nearly 3.5 million people. Meanwhile, the mausoleums of Ottoman Sultans, located just next door, seem to be a mysterious place, virtually unknown to foreign tourists. Perhaps not everyone is aware that these tombs of the rulers of the Ottoman Empire are open to visitors. According to information supplied by many guidebooks, these buildings are not available to the public. Moreover, there are no official opening hours displayed at the entrance, so it is easy to encounter a closed gate. However, if you are near Hagia Sophia and are interested in the history of the Ottoman dynasty, it is worth visiting these buildings, even if it means leaving empty-handed several times before succeeding.

Mausoleum of Sultan Murad III
Mausoleum of Sultan Murad III

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