CULTURAL HERITAGE

CULTURAL HERITAGE

Izmir’s old town “Kemeralti” takes step for UNESCO World Heritage List

ENGIN TATLIBAL ● Izmir’s historic city center, which has 2500 years of history and covering Kemeralti, Kadifekale and Basmane regions, has taken the first step to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Temporary List nomination application was submitted to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to be forwarded to UNESCO. The application file prepared […]

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Nemrut, heart of Commagene Kingdom

This is a monumental burial ground where gods, kings and giant statues of some creatures are found. Located in Turkey’s Adiyaman province, Antiochus I, the leader of Commagene Kingdom is buried here. When he died in 34 BC, he was buried in the piles of rocks on the windy top of Mount Nemrut facing the […]

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Ottoman-Armenian family of architects: The Balians

Imagine an autumn evening, in the middle of the Bosphorus, looking at the magnificent city on a steamboat… You see palaces, mosques and towers in gleaming lights… The great majority of your sightings are works of Armenian Balian family ENGIN TATLIBAL They were the architects of an empire trying to become westerner. The Empire was […]

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Video: Nazarkoy, a village of “evil eye beads”

Nazarkoy, a small village about 30 km from Izmir is famous with evil eye beads which are originally called “nazar boncuğu.” There are workshops that you can witness the production of such talismans and buy beautiful evil eye beads from small local shops.  

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Xanthos and Letoon: Cities of brave… People of honor…

The archaeological values of Xanthos and Letoon make them very important parts of world heritage. The sites are about 4 kilometers apart and they include the stone inscriptions on which the longest and the most important scripts in Lycian language are written. Xanthos is the place where Sarpedon lived. Sarpedon encouraged Prince Hector during the […]

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Sagalassos: The forgotten glory on rocky hills of southern Anatolia

There used to be a Roman city, famous with its ceramics and wheat at southern Anatolia. Being in the middle of marble mines, the citizens created a wonderful urban structure following 1st century AD. Here it is, Sagalassos… Sagalassos is located in southwestern Turkey, near Aglasun town of Burdur province. It is about 100 kilometers […]

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The oldest oracle sanctuary, Claros

Claros is the oldest known oracle sanctuary of the world in Turkey, located near Menderes county of Izmir. The remains of the Claros Oracle Sanctuary are dated to the end of the 13th century BC. Achceans, who migrated to this region, settled in Colophon (near Degirmendere village) founded by the Carians. Rhaikos, the leader of […]

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Five great synagogues in Turkey – Jewish Cultural Heritage

Jews were a significant minority since 1950s in Turkey. As a consequence, there are very important examples of Jewish cultural heritage in the country. Here are five synagogues that have international reputation and significance. NEVE SHALOM / ISTANBUL The construction of the Istanbul Neve Shalom (“Oasis of Peace”) synagogue dates back to the 1940s. The […]

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