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Published on : Thursday, July 27, 2017
This fortress has been home to numerous civilizations all through history. It is also believed to be the place where copies of the Bible were replicated. Situated in between Gaziantep and Şanlıurfa of Turkey, Rumkale has the footprints of Urartian, Babylonian, Sumerian, Seljuk and Ottoman civilians. The fortress is located on a hill encircled by Rocky Mountains where Merzimen Creek flows into the Euphrates.Other than historical structures, Rumkale draws local as well as overseas visitors because of its natural beauties expanding across the River Euphrates particularly at the time of spring.
Considered as a holy place by the Christians also, Rumkale is supposed to be the place where John the Apostle resided at the time of the illustrious Roman Empire and recomposed the Bible in a room discovered inside a rock.
To quote Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Fatma Şahin, “We regard that the Euphrates is very significant because we would like to manage the water wisely. In this sense, the Euphrates is our biggest treasure. All the civilizations in the world have been born around the River Euphrates Valley. Zeugma and its historical and cultural heritage, which is on the temporary UNESCO World Heritage Site list, is around the Euphrates.
Rumkale is located in the center of the Euphrates. The ministry has concluded its restoration works in Rumkale. There are houses built during the Republic period and previous periods. The restoration of those houses was also completed.”