The statue of Weary Heracles awaits you in Antalya after an unexpected visit to the USA. The statue was smuggled from the ancient city of Perge (Antalya province) to the USA where it remained in the collections of the Boston Museum for 30 years. It was there discovered by Özgen Özer - a journalist who recognised the statue. Afterwards the campaign to repatriate the statue began.
Antalya's most beautiful monument is undoubtedly the monumental gate leading into the Kaleiçi. It is called the Hadrian's Gate (tr. Hadriyanüs Kapisi) or the Triple Gate (tr. Üçkapılar). The first name is a memorial of the ancient history of the city, when, in the second century AD, it was visited by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, while the second term refers to the appearance of the monument, which has three archways.
The World Heritage Committee will meet in Doha (Qatar) from the 15th to the 25th of June. During the session the inscription of 40 sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List will be considered. Two cultural sites from Turkey are among them: Bursa and Pergamon. Let's take a look at these candidates and keep the fingers crossed for their inscription!
A Neolithic settlement of Çayönü is situated in Diyarbakır province of Turkey, nearby a small town of Ergani. It was inhabited from around 7200 to 6600 BC and first excavated between 1964 and 1978 by a team of archaeologists led by Robert John Braidwood. The second round of excavations was conducted from 1985 to 1991. The study of Çayönü revealed that the settlement covers the periods of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A, the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B and the Pottery Neolithic. The area of the settlement consists of a mound which is 200 meters in diameter.
Neandria ruins are the remains of an ancient city in the area of the Troad, on the slopes of Çığrı mountain. The ruins of Neandria are not very impressive, but getting there is the challenging part of the travel experience. Additionally, the views from the mountain top may reward the hiking efforts.
In the end of January 2014 Turkish media informed about the discovery of a Byzantine church, hidden underneath the waters of Lake İznik in Bursa Province. The mysteries of this structure have slowly began to be unveiled by archaeologists and historians that joined their efforts to find out as much as possible about the building.
Researchers from the USA, New Zealand and Turkey have provided new evidence that supports the hypothesis suggesting that the mural excavated at the Neolithic Çatalhöyük is the oldest known map. Çatalhöyük site is located in Konya province, Turkey, and it provides a unique insight into daily life of humans in the period of transition from hunter-gatherer to settled societies. One of the interesting finds from this site is a mural from level VII, which has been described by its discoverer as depicting a volcanic eruption.
The theatre in Aspendos is considered to be the best preserved theatre of antiquity (Akurgal 2011). The Roman builders of this structure managed to express the state of ideal balance between the auditorium and the skene building and, what's more, to whole theatre matches perfectly into the landscape.