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.
Archaeological work at the ancient city of Perge in southern Turkey passed the 65-year mark recently and is successfully restoring many columns along the city’s streets, according the leader of the excavations.
“The Perge excavations are the longest-running in Turkey, and we are honored to be working on the site,” said Haluk Abbasoğlu, who has been leading the excavations since 1985.
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Archeologists have found a new historical monument and nearly 20 masks thought to have been worn by actors during excavations carried out in Myra, an ancient city on the southern coast of Turkey.
The excavations of the site are being carried out by Akdeniz University’s Archeology Department under the supervision of Professor Nevzat Çevik, from the same department. Çevik told the Anatolia news agency that they found the monument and the masks during excavations they carried out beneath the city’s stone-built theater.
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Muslims are enjoined to pray, but they are not required to go to a building dedicated to prayer. Architectural traditions, however, soon developed based on the first place where Muslims worshipped – in the courtyard of the Prophet Mohammed’s house in Medina, Saudi Arabia, in 622 A.D. The original place of worship reportedly had three entrances, a roof and a niche (mihrab) indicating the direction the worshipper should face (qibla) when praying. The pulpit (minbar), from which the Friday prayer was traditionally given next to the mihrab, was added later.
Domes weren’t anything new in the Middle East at the time of the Prophet, but they were not a dominant part of the religious architectural landscape in the southwestern Arabian Peninsula. However, domes in the Ukraine area, for example, have been documented as far back as 20,000 years ago, and various civilizations throughout the Middle East used them.
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Germany has returned a 3,500-year-old sphinx to Turkey after a war of words and the treasured sculpture is set to be reinstated at its original location, media reports said Thursday.
The sphinx will be erected at the entrance of a museum at Hattusha, the ancient Hittite capital, some 150 miles (240 kilometers ) northeast of the capital Ankara, archaeologist Tahir Aksekili told Anatolia news agency.
Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay, who led Turkey’s efforts to cajole Germany into returning the statue, hailed its arrival as “historic.”
“A work of art belonging to our land for more than three millennia has returned home after 95 years,” Anatolia quoted him as saying.
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