• 2,700 year-old healing water discovered in Parion ancient city in Turkey's Çanakkale
    A 2,700-year-old water well, one of the nine ancient wells located in Turkey's Çanakkale province, still provides the essential drink that is considered as the "source of life," with special "healing properties" and is attributed to be the source of beauty in the region.
    Located in the ancient Greek city of Parion in Çanakkale's Biga district, the well still contains water, archeological studies in the area have revealed.

    According to Professor Vedat Keleş from Ondokuz Mayıs University's Archaeology Department, excavations have unearthed nine wells in the ancient site, which experienced chronic water shortages.

  • Turkish Airlines named best airline in southern Europe
    Turkish Airlines has been awarded by 4 titles at this year’s Skytrax World Airline Awards. Turkey’s flag carrier awarded with: "Best Airline in Southern Europe", "Best Business Class Onboard Catering", "World's Best Business Class Lounge", and "Best Business Class Dining Lounge" awards.

  • Ancient Lyrbe site now more accessible with improved road
    Off the beaten track, in Taurus mountains, lie picturesque ruins of ancient Lyrbe.
    Only a few years ago, the ruins of this ancient city were not easily accessible to the public. What is more, even the identification of this city and its name raised serious doubts among researchers. Recently the road leading to the gate of Lyrbe has been tarmacked and the ruins have attracted more and more tourists, mostly brought there by the pompously called "jeep safari" tours. However, if you are lucky and plan the timing of your arrival carefully, you will be able to have this entire ancient city entirely at your disposal. Lyrbe is located far away from the Mediterranean coast, but the well-preserved agora and the picturesque location in the middle of the forest make this trip a spectacular experience.

  • 1,600-year-old Byzantine chapel discovered in the Elbeyli district of Kilis, in southern Turkey
    The team also found a Roman floor mosaic and an ancient inscription dating back to the early Byzantine period during excavations. The ruins were discovered when security forces found out that illegal excavations were being carried out in the rural district of the town of Sağlıcak, and reported the situation to the Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism who sent a team of archaeologists to the site. The mosaic, which has been partially destroyed and taken under protection, is planned to be moved to another area. Excavation work is expected to continue at the site in order to reveal more parts of the mosaic floor, and comprehensive studies will be carried out on it. Kilis has been home to various civilizations throughout history and is situated in the northwestern part of the Mesopotamian Fertile Crescent.
    Previous excavations in the province also revealed traces of Prophet Abraham's stay in the area, as well as a treasure from Alexander the Great. Kilis is also home to the Oylum tumulus, one of the largest in Turkey, with remnants from the Bronze Age, including cuneiform documents and seal stamps of Hittite kings.

  • Visitors to Israel can walk in the footsteps of Jesus along the 40-mile Gospel Trail. The trail passes through sites important to Jesus' life and ministry, including Capernaum, the Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha and Nazareth. Guided signs and rest areas allow pilgrims to set their own pace. Learn more at www.gospeltrail.com and www.facebook.com/HolyLandSpirit.


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