Hierapolis – Pamukkale

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 9.12.1988 List Reference: 485 Criteria: Natural/ Cultural   SACRED LAND CLAD IN WHITE According to the legend that spread the mystery of Hierapolis to the wide world, an ugly shepherd girl, fed Click More »

Göreme National Park and the Rock Site of Cappadocia

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1985 List Reference: 357 Criteria:Natural/ Cultural   DESIGNED BY NATURE: CAPPADOCIA Cappadocia, which was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985 on natural and cultural criteria, Is situated at a Click More »

Selimiye Mosque and it’s Social Complex

EDIRNE Selimiye Mosque and its Social Complex Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 27.06.2011 List Reference: 1366 Criteria : Cultural A Master work of Classical Ottoman Architecture Edirne was the capital of the Ottoman Empire prior to the Click More »

Nemrut Mountain

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1987 List Reference: 448 Criteria: Cultural   THE SUN RISES AND SETS WITH A UNIQUE MAJESTY AT NEMRUT MOUNTAIN! The Nemrut mountain side with the tumulus containing the tomb of King Antiochus Click More »

Historic Areas of Istanbul

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1985 List Reference: 356 Criteria: Cultural   Love of Continents: ISTANBUL The historical areas of Istanbul, which has been the capital of three great empires, were inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage Click More »

Hattusa The Capital City of Hittites

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 28.11.1986 List Reference: 377 Criteria: Cultural   OPEN-AIR MUSEUM Hattusha, which was the capital of the Hittite Empire during antiquity, has been in the List of World Heritage since 1986 on cultural Click More »

Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 6.12.1985   List Reference: 358 Criteria: Cultural     THE MOSQUE WHERE STONES WERE DRESSED WITH LOVE   The first Turkish building inscribed to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the Great Mosque and Click More »

City of Safranbolu

Date of Inscription to the World Heritage List: 17.12.1994 List Reference: 614 Criteria: Cultural   ORIGINAL EXAMPLE OF THE TRADITIONAL Safranbolu, an Anatolian city that brings history to life through its mosques, market, neighbourhoods, streets and original houses, was inscribed Click More »

Turkey in World Heritage

Unesco World of Heritage List   Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.   Click More »


Hatay: Located at Turkey’s southern tip, Hatay is a center of civilization abounding in historical and cultural legacies in every corner. The city is positioned at the geographical location connecting Anatolia the Middle East and has an incomparable historical heritage Click More »


Sakarya: is one of Turkey’s fastest developing cities surrounded by a lush green landscape abounding in natural wonders. With a history dating back to the 8th century, the city has been one of the main settlements of major empires.  Naturally, Click More »


Van: Turkey’s sixth largest city and cultural legacy rich in history, monuments, natural beauty and unique flavors One of the border cities of Turkey, Van welcomes visitors from all over the world particularly for its culture and winter tourism. The Click More »


Rize is blessed with the most beautiful nature that has been preserved over the centuries. The fresh air of Rize has a regenerative effect on you with every breath you take. Located in the greenest area of Turkey, the Eastern Click More »

Turkey Outlets and cheap shopping addresses

Turkey Outlets and cheap shopping addresses in Turkey Shopping is an indispensable part of our daily life. Outlet shops have become the addresses for cheaper shopping. Many brands manufacture cheaper products especially for their outlets. List of some outlet center Click More »


Balıkesir: Blessed with numerous islands where lush green forests stretch along the shores of the infinite sea, Balıkesir province is also the habitat of abundant olive groves. Founded by the Mysians in ancient times, Balıkesir has been one of the Click More »


Amasya:  The city where the Sultans’ sons were educated and the legendary city where Ferhad had to mine the mountains to reunite with his beloved Shirin, Amasya has been one of the major cities of many civilizations since the ancient Click More »


Mersin Mersin: One of the warmest and most beautiful cities of the Mediterranean region that can be visited for its authentic flavors and beautiful beaches any time of the year. Mersin is one of the most developed cities of the Click More »


Burdur Burdur: Located in the western part of the Mediterranean Region, Burdur is a major city where scenic beauties meet with historical archaeology Settled for the first time in 7000 BC, Burdur has been home to many civilizations and ancient Click More »


Yalova: Surrounded by the Marmara Sea, Yalova is a peaceful and relaxing city rich in thermal springs and abundant nature. It is estimated that Yalova was founded in the 7th century BC by Bithynians from Thrace. Yalova is rich in Click More »


Karabük Karabük is situated on an important trade route between Amasra on the coast and central Anatolia. Karabük is a town and the capital district of Karabük Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Karabük was built in the 1930s as the seat of the iron and steel Click More »



In the Region of South East Anatolia which is know as the upper Mesopotamia the place which is known as “Belkis Ruins” which is located at 10 km to north of Nizip Township affiliated to Gaziantep province is called ZEUGMA.

In B.C. 300 years SELEVKOZ had been established as two small city at two banks of the most beautiful place of the Euphrates by NIKATOR-I. He had given his name SELEUKEIA to West side of the river and his wife’s name the queen APA as APAMIA to East side of the river.

A bridge which connects the said two small cities had been built. The bridge had been named as ZEUGMA which meant the head of bridge. A second feature of this bridge was that since the Silk Road leading from ANTAKYA to CHINA passed through these cities they began  to  be  beautiful  and  to  develop.  With  the Kingdom of KOMAGENE’s getting powerful in B.C. ZEUGMA had been annexed to territories of the ROMAN EMPIRE. ZEUGMA had lived its golden era in 1st and 2nd Centuries.

In B.C. 252 ZEUGMA had been attacked by SASSANIDS and the city was destroyed and burned and suffered great damage. It had been conquered in 5th Century and raided by Arabians in 7th Century.

The first scientific excavation at ZEUGMA has been commenced at the Metropol at east south of Belkis Hill in 1987 by the Department of Gaziantep Museum and this excavation has been continued until 1997. Special housing areas and a lot of villas have been found at the excavation area. At the base sections of these villa remnants some events of the time were depicted in the form of mosaic figures. At the same excavation area great number of statues like MARS statue have been found and Around 85 thousand pieces of seal print belonging to bronze age and bronze coins, candlesticks and  oil  lamps have been  found.   These valuable historical work pieces have been exhibited at Gaziantep Museum.

While the remaining historical work pieces which could not be obtained however were just about to disappear
under water of Birecik Dam included in GAP Project , multinational O.A.U. Team caused to be started excavation works to rescue ZEUGMA in June 2000 by national and international Archaeologists. The USA based PACKARD HUMANITIES INSTITUTE PHI PACKARD has undertaken to assume financial burden of the HUMANITY SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTEARCHAEOLOGY EXCAVATION          RESCUE MOVEMENT and have worked together with GAP-BKI and MINISTRY OF CULTURE for completion of the project. Six delegations from Turkish Universities, Ankara-Istanbul-Mersin-Selguk-Cukurova and  Yildir Universities,   involved   in   Zeugma   rescue   Team consisting   of   around    one    hundred   of   expert Archaeologists from U.K., France and Italy and 250 workers. 250   workers   coming   from   11   countries   helped Archaeologists in digging out thousands of findings.