Tarsus Museum is an attractive venue that combines, as it often happens in Turkish museums, archaeological and ethnographic sections. The museum boasts more than 35,000 exhibits in its collections, of which the vast majority are antique coins. In addition, the museum collections contain more than 5,000 archaeological artifacts, 1.5 thousand ethnographic objects, and six historical manuscripts. Moreover, Tarsus Museum supervises ten archaeological sites, five nature reserves and conservation areas, and more than two hundred historical buildings, of religious, military, and civilian character. The most famous of them is probably the St. Paul's Well, located in the centre of Tarsus.
Antioch of Pisidia is one of these archaeological sites that enchant visitors with their glorious past. At the same time, Antiochia has a quiet and peaceful ambience, free of the hustle and bustle, characteristic of more famous ancient cities of Asia Minor, such as Ephesus. The extensive ruins of the ancient city are located at an altitude of over a thousand meters above sea level, near the modern town of Yalvaç. Travellers interested in the geography of the New Testament often visit Antioch as a place closely associated with the missionary activity of Saint Paul.
Recently, Turkish Archaeological News has got in touch with Glenn Maffia who is the columnist for Voices Newspaper. His main research interest is the Temple of Apollo in Didyma and its surroundings. Here's a letter Glenn has sent to TAN portal, along with an excellent Apollo Temple Guide brochure that everyone can download - just click on the link below.
Probably almost everyone who visited Istanbul as a tourist used an opportunity to see the extraordinary building of Hagia Sophia. It's the most famous historical monument not only in Istanbul but also in Turkey. In 2015, it was visited by nearly 3.5 million people. Meanwhile, the mausoleums of Ottoman Sultans, located just next door, seem to be a mysterious place, virtually unknown to foreign tourists. Perhaps not everyone is aware that these tombs of the rulers of the Ottoman Empire are open to visitors. According to information supplied by many guidebooks, these buildings are not available to the public. Moreover, there are no official opening hours displayed at the entrance, so it is easy to encounter a closed gate. However, if you are near Hagia Sophia and are interested in the history of the Ottoman dynasty, it is worth visiting these buildings, even if it means leaving empty-handed several times before succeeding.
The travellers who take the road from the Mediterranean coast to Pamukkale are usually not aware that they are missing some fascinating ruins near this route. However, in recent years huge billboards have appeared, to advertise ancient Kibyra. Unfortunately, a car is strongly recommended if you want to reach this place as there are no organised tours, and public transport is virtually nonexistent. The lovers of antiquity who get there, lured by the signposts, will have the place practically to themselves.