Turkish court hears case on turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque; Mert Ozkan; Reuters

A Turkish court on Thursday heard a case aimed at converting Istanbul’s sixth century Hagia Sophia back into a mosque and will announce its verdict within 15 days, a lawyer said, on an issue which has drawn international expressions of concern. President Tayyip Erdogan has proposed restoring the mosque status of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, a building at the heart of both Christian Byzantine and Muslim Ottoman empires and today one of Turkey’s most visited monuments.

Source: Turkish court hears case on turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque

Göbeklitepe gains more fame in two years; Hurriyet Daily News

Göbeklitepe increased its recognition in the world with the UNESCO World heritage title in the last two years and experienced the ‘golden age’ in tourism last year with the declaration of 2019 as the ‘Year of the Göbeklitepe’.

Source: Göbeklitepe gains more fame in two years

Museum or mosque? Turkey debates iconic Hagia Sofia’s status; Suzan Fraser & Ayse Wieting; AP

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Most Turks Believe Hagia Sophia Debate Politically Driven, Poll Says; Kristina Jovanovski; The Media Line

The majority of the Turkish public believes the government created a debate over turning the historic Hagia Sophia into a mosque for political gain, according to a new survey by pollster MetroPOLL that was shared with The Media Line.

Source: Most Turks Believe Hagia Sophia Debate Politically Driven, Poll Says – The Media Line

Discovering mysterious Mount Nemrut in a weekend; Paris Achen; Daily Sabah

Source: Discovering mysterious Mount Nemrut in a weekend

Turkey aims to bypass the second wave and reopen for tourism; TRT World

After three months of Covid-19 lockdown, the Turkish government is finally allowing domestic and international flights and letting bathhouses, hotels and historic sites to reopen for tourists.

Source: Turkey aims to bypass the second wave and reopen for tourism

In pics: tomb-sanctuary on top of Mount Nemrut in Turkey; Huaxia; Xinhua

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Turkey: Ancient city of Ephesus limits visitor numbers; Efsun Erbalaban Yilmaz; Anadolu Agency

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Gobekli Tepe archeological site in Sanliurfa province, SE Turkey; Xinhua

Source: Gobekli Tepe archeological site in Sanliurfa province, SE Turkey

World heritage in Turkey: Xanthos-Letoon, ancient sister sites on the historical Lycian Way; Asene Asanova; Daily Sabah

Source: World heritage in Turkey: Xanthos-Letoon, ancient sister sites on the historical Lycian Way

Bergama (Pergamon) on UNESCO World Heritage List welcomes visitors; Anadolu Agency

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Discovering Turkey’s impressive, must-see ancient cities; Daily Sabah

Source: Discovering Turkey’s impressive, must-see ancient cities

Pamukkale, Turkey hopes to host 1M tourists in 2020; Turkish Press


Pamukkale, a natural landmark tourist attraction in southwestern Turkey hopes to attract some 1 million tourists over the next six months after normalizing from the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Source: Pamukkale, Turkey hopes to host 1M tourists in 2020 | TurkishPress

World heritage in Turkey: Pergamon, living proof of ancient Romans, Seljuks and Ottomans; Asene Asanova; Daily Sabah

Source: World heritage in Turkey: Pergamon, living proof of ancient Romans, Seljuks and Ottomans

World heritage in Turkey: Göbeklitepe, the birthplace of human civilizations; Asene Asanova; Daily Sabah

Source: World heritage in Turkey: Göbeklitepe, the birthplace of human civilizations

Dovecotes in ‘Cradle of Civilization’ enchants pigeon enthusiasts; Anadolu Agency

Source: Dovecotes in ‘Cradle of Civilization’ enchants pigeon enthusiasts

Bayram concert to fill century-old mansion with Turkish folk music; Anadolu Agency

Source: Bayram concert to fill century-old mansion with Turkish folk music

Aphrodisias ruins on virtual environment; Hurriyet Daily News

Museums and ruins on the UNESCO World Heritage List have been put on a virtual environment as people follow stay-at-home orders during World Museum Week, giving an experience to audiences online to enjoy magnificent images.

Source: Aphrodisias ruins on virtual environment

World heritage in Turkey: Cappadocia, the magical realm of fairy chimneys and hot air balloon rides; Elissa Carlson; Daily Sabah

Source: World heritage in Turkey: Cappadocia, the magical realm of fairy chimneys and hot air balloon rides

Cumalıkızık, centuries-old Ottoman heritage; Daily Sabah

Bursa’s Cumalıkızık neighborhood, which rose to fame with all the Turkish TV series and films shot there, awaits the end of the coronavirus pandemic to go back to its old days…

Source: Cumalıkızık, centuries-old Ottoman heritage