A dungeon of Roman

As we have stated that Turkish landscape is a treasure for archeaology. Illegal excavations are even able to unearth archeaological objects. Those objects can be so valuable that it isn’t possible to ignore them. One of them was unearthed in Şanlıurfa province of Turkey (the southeastern region of Turkey).

A Roman dungeon was unearthed during an illegal excavation. It is around 400 metersquare. Also some archeaological items were found in it. Official archeaological excavations are going to start soon.

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Zela Ancient site

Zile Bell Tower

Zela ancient site had an important place in ancient times. Zela was considered as a religious center more than a site. Because this site was famous for the temples. A priest and his society were living there. Especially Persians and Armenians respected this area.

In a time period, this site was divided into three regions. Two parts were shared between two priests and a region was under the reign of Roman Empire. After a priest passed away, a war began for this territory. Pontic Greek State wanted to capture the region. But Roman Empire didn’t want to let it happen. So two armies confronted nearby Zela site. Roman Empiror Caesar won the battle.

Unfortunately we don’t have too much archeaological objects from the area. But we know that Emperor Caesar sent a letter to Roman Parliament to declare his victory; Veni,Vici,Vidi….

Today’s Zile county was established on the ancient site Zela..

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Veni,Vidi,Vici; Czear was in Small Asia…

We all know the famous words of Roman Emperof Caesar; Veni,vidi,vici. Also we know the meanings of those statements; I came,I saw and I won. But do you know where those statements were told? Briefly the history of those statement is below;

In small Asia, there used to be a Pontic Greek State in ancient time. This state had a wide domination area. Meanwhile Roman Empire was getting wider and following the rival states in Small Asia. Pontic Greek State was one of those rival states. After following Pontic Greek State for a long time, Emperor Caesar decided to arrange a military campaign to Pontic Greek state due to their aggresive mode. Two armies confronted in a field which was very close to ancient site Zela(Today’s Zile county of Tokat province) in 47 AD. Roman Emperor Caesar won the battle (Battle of Zela). He declared his victory to Roman Parliament in three words; Veni,Vidi,Vici.

Everybody knows that those statements belong to famous Roman emperor Caesar but a few people know that they were told in Anatolian peninsula.

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Reputation of Turkey

Turkish Republic has a special place in tourism world. Not only the international area and also the public of the world has a special reputation about Turkey. The political and social events may change this trend in periods. Tourism develops up to the developments in the world and inland.

Last 2 years were tougher than everything in the world. Due to the COVID outbreak, the human being life circle had been shocked and redesigned. We are still accustoming to new normal procedures. As tourism can’t be considered as a seperate branch, it is changing.

The most important thing is to protect the reputation if you have a good one. The conditions and events always change and tourism is a dynamic sector. Reputation is everything for tourism.

I have an absolute question; is there any change on reputation of Turkish tourism sector?

Immortal Olive tree

We have mentioned that olive tree is an important inhabitant of Aegean and Mediterranean region. You can come across this tree everywhere around Mediterranean and Aegean region. Including Turkey and Greece, olive has a wide geography.

Also olive tree is known as immortal tree. Even tough it is 2000 years old, it gives us olive. It is a holy tree in the same time. Aegean region of Turkey is one of the fruitful areas for olive tree.

Since the ancient civilizations, olive and olive oil have been in our cuisine and our life. We can still come across the ancient shops of olive oil in ancient site ruins.

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The light house of Patara is being re-erected …

Patara ancient site is one of the important archeological treasures of Turkey. There used to be a great light house that was being constructed by the emperor Neron. The archeaologists are trying to reconstruct the light house. By the assistance of stone recovery workshop, the light house will be re-erected. The purpose is to make this light house active again.

It was the prestige of emperor Neron. This project will raise up the value of Patara.

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Cappadocia is dying….

It has been mentioned several times that tourism is a vital industry for Turkey. Turkish Republic as a whole country is a tourism country. Our values and reputation are our the most important things for us. None of us have right to sabotage Turkish tourism.

According to the latest news, hot air baloon tours were banned by the governorship of Nevşehir. It is the biggest sabotage that can be done to Turkish tourism. Despite all warnings, governorship of Nevşehir province rejected to remove a ban on hot air baloon tours. All region’s income depends on hot air baloon tourism. Especially international tourists, tourists visit Cappadocia for hot air baloon tours. The most interesting event is that hot air baloon tours were banned in Denizli province but it was unbanned later by the governorship of Denizli. It seems that there was a conversation between two governorships then hot air baloon tours were rebanned.

I wish that it hadn’t been happened. It is a sabotage for Turkish tourism. Our international reputation is going down. After providing healthy conditions, we can provide a great service for our guests. I hope that the authorities fix this situation and our loss got less.

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A rock with chain; the most beautiful monument of Kemaliye

Kemaliye (Eğin) was one of the most beautiful resorts of Eastern Anatolia. As it is located in a valley, it has a unique beauty. It resembles a wild animal that is chained.

A rock which was over the historical town of Eğin created a danger for the residental area. If it had fallen, it would have caused a big damage in the town. So the authorities decided to chain the rock. Its location is on unbelievable slope. So it had a danger potential. It was chained by the authorities of the town.

It is absolute that it is one of the worth visiting places of Kemaliye….

Eastern Anatolia is as great as the western region of the country.

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Spartacus; the rebellious soldier and revolutionary leaders of slaves

Spartacus statue

Spartacus is one of the impressive characters of the history. He was one of the some revolutionary leaders of ancient times. He had a great place in Greek and Roman history. It is known that he was a soldier at the beginning but due to the insubordination, he became a slave. He was forced to fight for his life. He achieved to survive and to be the leader of gladiators.

It is guessed that he was in Thracian region. He joined the Roman army as cavalry. He disobeyed an order so he was punished by selling him as a slave to a gladiator union. He succeded to be alive and he was admired by a huge community. He was one of the leaders during the war between the army and slaves.

He left a deep trace by his courage and power to the history. He was from Thracian land of Anatolia.

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Turkey & Greece; two tourism countries

Tourism is a sector which combines cultures and people. Sometimes the origin doesn’t matter. It is the absolute definition of tourism.

There are some countries that are touristic in the world such as Turkey and Greece. They are rivals in tourism for normal conditions. They compete each other to attract international tourists. By using the national and international features, we can be considered as rival. Turkey and Greece are the countries where the history flow. Their backgrounds are so deep that they are dated back to ancient times and they are linked in history.

Some features of two countries are alike and they have a common historical background. For example, historical leaders such as Alexander the Great had passed on both countries and they left priceless legacy on those countries. Also they are very similiar up to the cultural basis.

Greek tourism is based on the islands mostly. They have a fantastic beauty, I have to confess this. They are special sites. Volcanos have shaped this region hundred centuries ago. They are still active. It is a active earthquake area. As you see above, blue and white are the characteristic colours of the traditional architecture.

This is the fact that we aren’t in a normal period. Due to COVID outbreak, tourism sector is going down.

Don’t you think that Turkey and Greece can establish a tourism friendship? Also it will feed the peace in the region.