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Alara Han Caravanserai

Several different places and objects are hidden under the name of Alara, which often appears in relation to sightseeing the region of Alanya. This text is devoted to the Seljuk caravanserai bearing this name, but keep in mind that Alara is also the name of the stream flowing close to this building, a nearby castle, and a waterfall, situated in a different location.

Alara Han Caravanserai
Alara Han Caravanserai

Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum in Edirne

The Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum in Edirne seems to be one of the more enjoyable and well organised among many local museums we had the opportunity to visit in Turkey. Exhibitions are well described, although unfortunately some information is provided only in Turkish. Collections are presented in a variety of ways: chronologically, geographically, and thematically. The garden surrounding the museum is also worth recommending, as it includes one of the most fascinating and unique exhibits - a dolmen from the village of Lalapaşa Hacılar.

Dolmen in the garden of the Museum
Dolmen in the garden of the Museum

August 2017 in Turkish archaeology

Millennia of peace in Çatalhöyük, majestic female statue from the times of Hittites, Neolithic finds in Istanbul, a military banner used in the Battle of Mohacs - these were the most fascinating discoveries of August 2017.

Turkish Archaeological News collects the most important, interesting and inspiring news from Turkish excavation sites. Here's the review for August 2017. Have we missed anything? Let us know by using Contact tab!

Ardahan Fortress
Ardahan Fortress

Işıkkale

Işıkkale is one of the many rural settlements, established in the Taurus mountains in ancient times. Similarly as in the case of the nearby sites of Karakabaklı and Sinekkale, also in Işıkkale you can see the preserved fragments of the Roman road, the remains of residential buildings as wells the ruins of an early Christian church, built on the plan of a three-aisled basilica.

Işıkkale basilica
Işıkkale basilica

Fortifications and Macedonian Tower in Edirne

In the place where the city of Edirne stands today, in the ancient period there was a Roman town. It was refounded by Emperor Hadrian at the site of a previous Thracian settlement had previously settled. Hadrian developed the city, made it the capital of the Roman province of Thrace, and gave it his name - Hadrianopolis. The most visible traces of this period of Edirne's history are the walls of a Roman fortress, erected during Hadrian's reign. They are now a part of a small archaeo-park, situated at the foot of the Macedonian Tower, in the very centre of the city.

Fortifications and Macedonian Tower in Edirne
Fortifications and Macedonian Tower in Edirne

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