Aegean Region

Birdwatching in Sasali

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Birdwatching in Sasali

Turkey is one of the richest countries in wetlands among the countries in Europe and the Middle East. These wetlands have great importance especially for wildlife as well as local economy.

İzmir Airport - Adnan Menderes

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Flughafen İzmir - Adnan Menderes

Adnan Menderes Airport (Turkish Adnan Menderes Havalimanı) is the airport at İzmir. It is located about 18 kilometres to the South of the third largest Turkish city, Izmir.

Why the Roman spa town of Allianoi must be saved

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Why the Roman spa town of Allianoi must be saved

The most recent reports from Turkey about the Roman spa complex of Allianoi, sent by the local Allianoi Initiative led by the archaeologist professor Ahmet Yaras, says that now only the tops of excavated walls and columns poke through sand that workers employed by the Turkish State Waterworks are laying.

One afternoon in Sirince...

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One afternoon in Sirince...

Sirince is a small Aegean village visited by many people because it preserves its historical architecture. It became famous as being the location where the story of the novel called “Farewell Anatolia” takes place. The novel was written by Greek author Dido Satiriou.

Pergamon

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Pergamon

In ancient times Pergamon was a famous city centre because of it’s well known and huge library. Today you can just visit the ruins of Pergamon (the name today is Bergama), most visible place in the town is the former Acropolis (mountain with castle), the former city centre and the Asklepieion. These sights belong to the ancient Pergamon.

Didem, Hasip and Gizem – paragliding pilots

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Didem Irmak, Hasip Özhan and Gizem Ayhan – paragliding pilots from Izmir

We met Didem Irmak, Hasip Özhan and Gizem Ayhan during our preparations for the XC Paragliding Competition in Mut. They needed to travel a long distance from Izmir to arrive in Mut just for the weekend.

Story of an Alternative Life on the Camping Site

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Story of an Alternative Life on the Camping Site

Last spring, before we began our travel, we stopped over at the Guzelbahce camping site in Izmir and met Duygu. When we dropped by the same camping site again, we looked around for her and she was there! How nice : ) Now, Duygu is our neighbor in the camping site.

2,000-year-old Roman-era harbour revived in Limantepe

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Roman-era harbour revived in Limantepe Urla

The town of Limantepe, on Turkey's western coast is the site a prehistoric (Bronze Age) settlement that includes an ancient port dating from 2500 years located underwater offshore. The area is situated in the urban zone of the coastal town of Urla near İzmir.

Archaeologists discover a late antique barroom in Ephesus

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Archaeologists discover a late antique barroom in Ephesus

The former metropolis Ephesus was located in a valley between two mountain ridges, whose slopes today are still without firming forests because of the once densely constructions, so the ridges are still in motion.

Menemen - city on the road between Izmir and Çanakkale

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Menemen - city on the road between Izmir and Çanakkale

On the way to Çanakkale, we had passed the previously unknown place Menemen several times before already, which seemed neither to be particularly inviting as a modern town along the main road nor showing any special features.

Metro Izmir - ancient artifacts in Çankaya

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Metro Izmir - ancient artifacts in the station Çankaya

Whoever has been driving through Izmir in certain years has certainly noticed the worsening traffic conditions in the growing Aegean metropolis. Since the beginning of the 1980s individual traffic on İzmir's roads has increased steadily.

The Agora of Izmir - recent excavations now possible

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The Agora of Izmir - recent excavations now possible

Located in the Namazgah district of İzmir, the Agora is built in Roman times (2nd century AD) and was built three floors high near the center of the city called Smyrna according to the Roman city plan of Hippodamos.

Holy City - the Ancient Hierapolis

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Holy City - the Ancient Hierapolis

The ruins of ancient Hierapolis follow the 1200 metre long and 6 metre wide road which is lined with columns all over the travertine terraces of Pamukkale from north to south.

Pamukkale - The Cotton Castle

Pamukkale • The Cotton Castle

Pamukkale (Hierapolis) is both, a magical and spectacular natural site, unique in the world and with its ancient ruins it is perhaps the most attractive spot for tourists.

Laodicea: mentioned in the New Testament

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Laodicea: mentioned in the New Testament

Many of the ancient sites we visited in Turkey are closely related to the history of Christian development and are explicitly mentioned in the Bible in this respect, as it is the case with Laodicea.

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