Library of Celsus in Ephesus

The Library of Celsus is probably the most distinctive building commonly associated with Ephesus. The library has a two-storey façade, and its interior is one large room with dimensions of 10.90 to 16.70 meters. This library room was located above the vaulted substructure. The building was surrounded by an additional wall, offering adequate protection from moisture.

Library of Celsus in Ephesus
Library of Celsus in Ephesus

Yazılıkaya - Midas Monument

There are two places, paramount from the historical point of view, bearing the same name - Yazılıkaya - in the area of Turkey. Not surprisingly, as in Turkish this word means 'inscribed rock' and thus perfectly reflects the character of all the monuments that were created by carving inscriptions in the rock walls. The monument, which is described here, also has two other names - Midas Kenti (Midas City) and Midas Anıtı (Midas Monument), that distinguish it from the Hittite sanctuary of Yazılıkaya, located in the vicinity of Hattusa, in central Anatolia.

Yazılıkaya -  Midas Monument
Yazılıkaya - Midas Monument

Ayazini

Ayazini village, located in the Phrygian Valley, boasts an amazing resemblance to the Cappadocian landscape, well-known to many travelers. In its vicinity, there are beautiful valleys that encourage hiking, and unusual rock formations, including - so-called fairy chimneys. In the village, you can find a church, tombs, and houses carved into a rock. All these attractions have one significant advantage over Cappadocia - as Ayazini is rarely visited by tourists so it can be explored and enjoyed in solitude.

Ayazini
Ayazini

Aslankaya from the Phrygian Valley

One of the most impressive free-standing monuments in the Phrygian Valley is the so-called Aslankaya i.e. the Lion's Rock. This religious sanctuary from the mid-sixth century BC was dedicated to the goddess Cybele, one of the most prominent figures of the Phrygian pantheon. Aslankaya owes its discovery to the Western world to William M. Ramsey, a Scottish archaeologist. He found this place and thoroughly described it in 1884. In 1997, another study of Aslankaya was conducted by T. Tüfekçi-Sivas.

Aslankaya from the Phrygian Valley
Aslankaya from the Phrygian Valley

10 sites from the area of Turkey inscribed on the UNESCO World Tentative List

10 heritage sites from the area of Turkey have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Tentative List recently. With these new additions, Turkey has 70 sites on the tentative list. It is the highest number of natural and cultural heritage sites on the UNESCO tentative list.

Ancient city of Kibyra - the theatre
Ancient city of Kibyra - the theatre

Aureliane

The modest ruins of the ancient city of Aureliane are a serious challenge, both for travelers and for the lovers of historical puzzles. To reach Aureliane, travelers must turn off the main route that runs in an arc around the Gulf of Edremit, and find Büyükdere village near the town of Havran, concealed among a tangle of narrow rural paths.

The ruins of Aureliane
The ruins of Aureliane

Sillyon

The ruins of the ancient city of Sillyon, located near Antalya, constitute an important proof that one should not delay visiting the historical monuments. You never know if in a few years they will still exist, undamaged by the passage of time. In the case of Sillyon, the serious damage to ancient buildings was caused by a landslide in 1969. The preserved remains of the city are located on a hill rising to a height of 210 meters above the alluvial plain formed by the river Aksu, in ancient times known as Kestros. Even from a distance you can see the outlines of fortifications, which could not by conquested even by Alexander the Great.

Sillyon
Sillyon

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