This text is dedicated to all the travellers who want to see a well-preserved ancient amphitheatre in Turkey. The bad news for you is: there are none structures of this kind to be visited. If you read about the amphitheatre in Aspendos or Ephesus, you have been cheated, as these structures are ancient theatres. Let us look into this issue a bit more closely as recently many online discussions have drifted in an undesired direction because of the lack of clarity in defining amphitheatres and theatres.
Köprüçay River, known in ancient times as Eurymedon, every year attracts a lot of tourists who want to diversify their beach holidays on the Turkish Riviera by participating in rafting on this river. Meanwhile, near Eurymedon many attractive places for history lovers can also be found - including the beautifully preserved ancient city of Aspendos. If you travel in search of historical curiosities on Eurymedon, make sure you do not miss the historic bridge in its lower course. It was built during the Roman period and rebuilt by the Seljuks in the 13th century. Now it is an interesting illustration of the creative use of ancient material heritage in the history of the region.
The Zeugma Mosaic Museum opened a new section last month (i.e. in July 2017). The new three-storey section is housed in a building opposite the current museum. It mainly displays mosaics from the 4th and 5th centuries CE. Nearly 3,000 square meters of mosaics are on display in this section, mostly from the Eastern Roman Empire. The mosaics show religious and mythological motifs as well as animal scenes.
Ruined buildings of the settlement of the Roman Empire period, now known under the name Hıdırlı, stand just 2.5 km to the north of Kızkalesi, on the road to Cambazlı. The settlement was founded on the ancient Roman road connecting the Mediterranean coast with Olba and Diocaesarea.
TAN team has just returned home after more than 4 weeks on the road. The main goal of our expedition was to reach the northernmost region of Turkey and visit numerous archaeological and historical sights on the way there and back.
During 29 days of the expedition, we travelled around the country, covering the distance of more than 6,000 kilometres. We made 14,000 photos and visited around 50 archaeological sites, historical towns and stand alone structures.