Fasıllar Monument

A trip to the tiny village of Fasıllar may prove to be an interesting experience for those who are interested in ancient history. There is a stone monument in the village, the carving of it began in the 13th century BC, but it has never been completed. The unfinished monument is currently on a hillside that offers panoramic views over the village and another historical curiosity - a rock relief made at a later period.

Fasıllar Monument
Fasıllar Monument

Selinus

After the creation of the new airport, located east of Alanya, many people have heard the name Gazipaşa for the first time. Currently, it is a small town, which has so far been spared by the tourist boom. However, this part of the Mediterranean coast was inhabited from time immemorial, and the ancient city of Selinus has been commemorated in history as the place of death of the Roman Emperor Trajan.

Trajan's Cenotaph
Trajan's Cenotaph

Byzantine hospital in Side

The building, currently identified by many researchers as a Byzantine hospital, was built during the 6th century AD. There are two main arguments suggesting the function of this building. Firstly, it is confirmed by the written source that emperor Justinian initiated the construction of a hospital in Pamphylia, and a healer named Kosma was supposed to be working in this hospital. However, the exact location of this building has not been specified and thus it is plausible to assume that it was built in Side.

Byzantine hospital in Side
Byzantine hospital in Side

5 greatest archaeological hits of Turkish Riviera

Recently we have written about 5 hidden archaeological treasures of Turkish Riviera. This time we would like to show you the greatest and most famous archaeological sites of this region which stretches along the Mediterranean coast from Antalya to Alanya. These places are absolutely obligatory for an ancient history lover who visits southern Turkey!

The Temple of Apollo in Side
The Temple of Apollo in Side

Weary Heracles comes home and receives a very warm welcome!

Weary Heracles in Antalya Archaeological Museum
Weary Heracles in Antalya Archaeological Museum

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.

Hadrian's Gate in Antalya

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.

Hadrian's Gate in Antalya
Hadrian's Gate in Antalya

Two Turkish sites to be considered by The World Heritage Committee next week

The Greek theatre in Acropolis of Pergamon
The Greek theatre in Acropolis of Pergamon

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!

Çayönü archaeological site and Hilar Caves face oblivion

Hilar Caves
Hilar Caves

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.

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