The latest announcement by the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee brought the great news for Turkey, as the ancient site of Gordion has just entered the UNESCO World Heritage List. This is the 20th site from this country on the prestigious List that marks the locations designated by UNESCO for having cultural, historical, scientific or other forms of significance.
The remains of the ancient settlement, which is now referred to as Kaleköy, or Castle Village, are situated in close proximity to the town of Kiraz in the Izmir Province of Turkey. A ruined gymnasium is the best preserved structure, which is incorrectly referred to as the castle by some residents.
Text by our correspondent from Didyma, Glenn Maffia. All photos by Graeme Patrick Houlden.
The eminently laudable desire in restoring ancient architecture is an endeavour that seeks to preserve our human cultural heritage while exhibiting the architectural grandeur of previous civilizations.
Nonetheless, extreme caution in the use of modern materials in this restoration process must be of paramount attention in this aspiration. For, inevitably, this use of contemporary materials raises concerns about the potential perils faced by these historic structures.
August 2023 saw the final stages of the extensive landscaping restoration of 2,000-year-old Roman baths in Yozgat province. The renovations also continued in a Lycian settlement of Tlos where the ancient theater was prepared to host the performances in 2025. Meanwhile, the excavations at Tepecik Mound in Aydın province, located in the western part of Turkey, revealed a structure believed to have been used as a palace or temple in the 13th century BCE. Finally, in the excavations carried out in the ancient city of Olba, located in the Silifke district of Mersin, a female statue believed to belong to the 2nd century CE and two frieze fragments depicting mythological scenes were unearthed.
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Text by our correspondent from Didyma, Glenn Maffia.
The, relatively, recent news of a man etching his and his girlfriend's names, "Ivan + Hayley '23", into a wall of the 2,000-year-old Colosseum in Rome caused much indignation across the world. Mainly, I suspect, due to the sheer ignorance exhibited by the perpetrator when he claimed that he "did not realise it (the Colosseum) was so old".
The utter lack of education so prevalent today is a discussion for another time, but this miscreant is far from being original in his actions.