Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources

Portrait of Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent goes to auction

A rare 16th-century portrait of Suleiman the Magnificent, the longest-reigning Ottoman sultan, will be auctioned by Sotheby's.

The portrait of the sultan will be on live auction at Sotheby's with a starting bid of 60,000 pounds ($83,000). Estimates suggest it will be sold for around 80,000 - 120,000 pounds.

Gas exploration in Black Sea to cover 10,000 square kilometers

Seismic analysis activities will be conducted in a 10,000-square-meter area in the Black Sea for new natural gas discoveries, Energy Minister Fatih Dönmez told a group of journalists on March 3.

"We are aiming to drill a new exploratory well in one of the gas fields that is deemed to have potential," Dönmez said.

Istanbul’s Bridges illuminated in green

As part of the "Green Crescent Week," the Fatih Sultan Mehmet and Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridges, two of Istanbul's major ones, were lighted green, the symbol color of the Turkish Green Crescent Society.

The NGO's vision is to make Turkey an example and leading country in the fight against addictions while basing its actions on human dignity.


Turkey gas exploration raises eyebrows

Tensions between Nicosia and Ankara could escalate next week as there are fears that Turkish plans to perform deep-sea drilling and seismic surveys for oil and natural gas resources in the Eastern Mediterranean could be carried out within Cyprus's exclusive economic zone (EEZ), where the island's government announced on Tuesday it will conduct its own research.