Antioch’s Hatay airport is closed, biblically flooded. Instead we fly in to macho, meat-loving Adana, Turkey’s very own Texas, over vast brown and green fields of cotton and tobacco. This detour affords us an overnight stay in Tarsus, birthplace of Saint Paul, and the site of Anthony and Cleopatra’s first frolickings. Tarsus has been bypassed by a motorway more lately, so what was an important, thriving city 2,000 years ago is now a charming provincial backwater.
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Story by Kevin Gould – The Guardian; Photo by James Dale – Wikicommons
The ruins of a Byzantine mansion belonging to a pontiff and a Roman villa have been unearthed in a recent excavation being carried out in the ancient Pisidian city of Antioch in Yalvaç, Isparta.
Archaeologists underline that the wall paintings discovered in both structures were of high quality, only comparable to the quality of the paintings found in Rome and Pompeii. The excavation is being conducted by Süleyman Demirel University’s Department of Archeology in Pisidian Antioch, an ancient city in Yalvaç, and is almost complete.