Saint Simon Monastery in Hatay to host tourists after restoration


Restoration and excavation work has resumed at the Saint Simon Monastery in southern Turkey after a pause of 60 years, and the site will host tourists once it is completed.

The monastery, located in Hatay province, is believed to have been built in the 6th century by Saint Simon.

Black Sea's Zeugma to be archeological site

The ancient city of Hadrianopolis, estimated to have been used as a settlement area in late Hellenistic, Rome and early Byzantine times, will become an archeological site.

Located at some three kilometers east of Turkey's Black Sea province of Karabük, the site is also called "Zeugma of the Black Sea," due to its similarity with Zeugma mosaics in southeastern province of Gaziantep.

Record number of tourists visit Turkish mosaic museum

The Zeugma Mosaic Museum, one of the world's largest mosaic museums, in Turkey's southeast attracted a record number of visitors with 340,569 people in 2019, according to official data.

The museum, located in the southeastern province of Gaziantep, drew 108,835 tourists in 2016, 169,773 in 2017, and 267,552 tourists in 2018, according to the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry data.

Ancient slab unearthed in Karabük

An ancient slab dating back around 1,800 years was unearthed in Turkey's northern Karabük province.

The limestone slab that had a silhouette of a woman on it was found during excavation works in the ancient city of Hadrianopolis - now located 3 kilometers east of the Eskipazar district of the Karabük province.

Mosaic in Çanakkale unearthed

Work is underway to uncover a colossal mosaic, which was found during an illegal excavation in the Lapseki district of the northwestern province of Çanakkale in May and evaluated as a 1,500-year-old artifact. The 120-square-meter mosaic dates back to the late Roman and early Byzantine periods.

Traditional arts alive on Şanlıurfa street

A street in Şanlıurfa, where historical stone houses have been restored and turned into workshops, has become a popular spot for local and foreign tourists visiting the historical southeastern city. The workshops on mosaic, wood carving and silver processing attract the attention of visitors in the street where colorful images emerge.