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Ani

Bergecn - 17-May-20

We visited Ani (on the UNESCO list since 2016) in February 2020.  We had travelled on the Eastern Express Train from Ankara to Kars and then another 42km to the site (a public transport bus leaves from Gazi Ahmet Muhtar Paşa Konağı in Kars).  Many people had advised us to make this trip in winter because the snow covered plains and mountains are spectacular to watch.   Indeed, the journey through the winter landscape of Anatolia, and when arriving in Ani the contrast between the ruins in dark brown and grey stone, the white blanket of snow across the ancient city against a deep blue sky in the bright sun light, was impressive despite the biting cold with temperatures far below zero.

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Divrigi

Bergecn - 15-Mar-20

We visited the Divriği Great Mosque (Ulu Camii) and Hospital (Darüşşifası), an extraordinary example of Islamic art, twice in recent months.  Once in spring amidst a deep green landscape coming by car from Sivas, which is about a three hour drive away.  It is an important historical site in its own right with some of the most impressive Seljuk monuments like the Şifaiye Madrasah, an important medical school in the 13th century, and the Gök Madrasah and the Double Minaret Madrasah or the Subaşı Han, an Ottoman-period Caravanserai still used today as spice market.  Sivas is also the place where the 1919 Congress was held, one of the stepping stones in establishing the Republic of Turkey

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Troy

Bergecn - 19-Jan-20

Troy is perhaps one of the most iconic sites, not because of the ruins but because its legendary place in history and literature.  It is a good moment to visit Troy again.  On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Troy becoming a UNESCO site the new Troy Museum was opened in 2018, and has quickly acquired the reputation of one of the best museums in Turkey if not in Europe with educational displays, animations, interactive films and simulations.  We visited in January 2020, and we had the entire Museum to ourselves, same was at the Troy archaeological site, the historic setting of the Trojan War as eternalised by Homer in the Iliad

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Hattusha

Bergecn - 03-Jan-20

Hattuşa is a key site for getting a good understanding of one of the major Bronze Age civilisations in the Eastern Mediterranean, contemporary to the Minoans and the early dynasties of the Egyptian New Kingdom.  It is the capital of the Hittite Empire, spread out over a vast area, discovered only in the late 19th century and excavated since then with many of the findings now in various museums in and outside Turkey. 

The site is about two hours drive east of Ankara or two hours drive south-west of Samsun.  The closest airport is in Amasya/Merzifon. Nearby cities are Boğazkale, Amasya and Çorum.  Museums in Ankara (the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation) and the nearby cities are a must to visit if one wants to fully understand the Hittite civilisation and its capital Hattuşa

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Nemrut Dag

Bergecn - 03-Nov-19

On 1 November 2019 we left Adıyaman at mid-day to go to Mount Nemrut (Nemrut Dağ).  It takes about 70 km to get there (best way is to go by car but there are also organised tours available from Malatya, Adıyaman or Kahta, or further afield from Gaziantep and Şanlıurfa).  The region was part of the Kommagene kingdom (163 BC - 72 AD).  On the way a good number of monuments can be visited from that era - they are situated in the Mount Nemrut National Park and are all well signposted.  Several of them now being touristically upgraded with financial support from the EU.  The first stop is at the Karakuş Tumulus ("Black Bird" in Turkish).  It is a burial site of the women of the royal family of Kommagene

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    58. National Park "Hohe Tauern" (T)
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    76. The Theatre and Aqueducts of the Ancient City of Aspendos (T)
    77. The Tombstones of Ahlat the Urartian and Ottoman citadel (T)
    78. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
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    83. Wadi Gaza Coastal Wetlands (T)
    84. Welwitschia Plains (T)
    85. Zagorochoria - North Pindos National Park (T)

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