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Justinian Bridge in Tarsus

The early-Byzantine bridge over the Cydnus River is one of the best-preserved and spectacular tourist attractions in Tarsus. At the same time, it is easy to miss it because the bridge is located outside the city centre and only a few signposts show the way to this monument.

Justinian Bridge in Tarsus
Justinian Bridge in Tarsus

Ancient amphitheatres and theatres in Asia Minor

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.

Ancient theatre in Ephesus
Ancient theatre in Ephesus

Eurymedon Bridge (Aspendos)

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.

Eurymedon Bridge (Aspendos)
Eurymedon Bridge (Aspendos)

New section of Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep

New section of Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep
New section of Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep

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.

Hıdırlı

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.

Hıdırlı
Hıdırlı

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