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.
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.
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?
Turkish Republic is a tourism country and it requires to be ready to host the tourist. Not only the culture and also accommodation is the another branch of tourism. Accomodation needs quality in order to attract a tourist to a country. Also it should be fitted to every budget. There are some general rules or procedures to meet the demand of international and domestic tourism. Turkish Republic is one of the luckiest countries that have enough capacity to host tourists.
Pension is one of the cheapest mode of accommodation. It is a sort of hotel that has no luxury but provides a clean holiday. Its fare is very low. It fits on young and middle-class groups. Not only international tourists and also ones who look for economical holiday use this type of this accommodation.
Boutique hotel is an accommodation type that is one of the common hotels in Turkey. It is easy to find in downtowns of the cities and holiday resorts. They seem more luxurious than pensions. Also the service is more developed at this hotel. For example, a good breakfast menu can be served at the hotel. Mostly they are more attractive than a pension.
Hotels of star class are more common hotels. The class starts with one star hotel to five star hotel. All classifications depend on the services of the facility. Ministry of tourism and culture give points to every facility up to the services and sections. So the star class of the hotel is provided.
Always remember that there are every type of accommodation in Turkey. It is possible to have a great holiday with every budget in Turkey.
As we know, COVID outbreak had changed all of our life style. Also the tourism had changed,too. According to health regulations, travel and accommodation changed. The directories have been shaped according to COVID.
Up to the latest development, isolation became key point for the health. So the directories and regulations are being redesigned for this principle. Ministry of tourism and culture declared that accommodation facilities should have safety tourism certificate in order to operate the facility. The conditions are changing up to the hotel classes.
The new regulations are on the way. We are waiting….
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.
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.
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.
When we check the UNESCO list, we can come across some towns that are famous for architecture. Safranbolu is one of the Anatolian towns that are known very well. This town is located in northern region of Turkey. Safranbolu’s background is dated back to Turkish tribes.
Regional architecture is very important for culture. Because architecture is a very important component of culture. We know that this town is a good sample how a town can be special.
Also a visit to Safranbolu is going to be a travel in time…
Historical Kemaliye town (above) which is located in Southern region of Turkey is one of the historical treasures of Turkey. Historical town has many unique facts such as traditional architecture and famous stone way. Since the centuries, Kemaliye had been a cultural center and also it was one of the places which provided meat for Ottoman palace. In addition to historical value, the natural beauties are amazing. It is located nearby the Euphrates river.Dark Canyon is one of the deepest canyons of the world. This historical town is stuck in a valley but its beauty is worthseeing. The population of the town got less because of immigrations to big cities. It is obvious that it is one of the authentic places of Turkey. The people of Kemaliye have been patriots and smart people in centuries.Even though there was a jail in the town, it was empty because nobody did anything illegal.Original name of the town was Eğin. The originality of Eğin has some sources. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk admired the cultural level of the town and the beauty of the nature. After the republic had been declared, Atatürk changed the name of town “Kemaliye” in order to point the maturity of the people. The original name has never been forgotten. It is alive.
The region of Tur Abdin (above) which is located in Midyat county of Mardin (south eastern region) is famous for ancient settlement and historical religious buildings. The ancient churches and monasteries are important archeological treasures of the region. Due to the location of the region, it was on the Silk road and it was an important stop for a traveler. And also it was an religious center. Visiting here is like traveling in time.
Whenever you find an opportunity, I recommend a traveler to visit Turkey.