Turkey earthquake rattles tourist attractions

 Tuesday, February 7, 2023 


The stunning landmarks such as the Hagia Sophia, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and the Galata Tower attract visitors from all over the world. Furthermore, visitors can explore the historical Grand Bazaar and visit the many vibrant markets in the city. But the powerful earthquake in Turkey rattles the south eastern part of the country.  The ancient castle used by Romans and Byzantines kings and regal families, were also destroyed in Turkey earthquake.

The dome and eastern wall of the historical Şirvani Mosque located next to the castle also partially collapsed. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday has badly damaged Gaziantep Castle, a historic site and tourist attraction in southeastern Turkey.

The castle collapsed during the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck in the early hours of Monday, Feb. 6.

Some of the bastions in the east, south and southeast parts of the historical Gaziantep Castle in the central Şahinbey district were destroyed by the earthquake, the debris was scattered on the road,” Turkish media reported. The iron railings around the castle were scattered on the surrounding sidewalks. The retaining wall next to the castle also collapsed. In some bastions, large cracks were observed,” the report said.

The dome and eastern wall of the historical Şirvani Mosque, which is located next to the castle and is said to have been built in the 17th century, also partially collapsed, it added.

According to archaeological excavations, the castle was first built as a watchtower in the Roman period in the second and third centuries C.E. and expanded over time. It took its current form during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian (527-565 C.E.), according to Turkish Museums, the official site of museums and archaeological sites in the country.

Most recently, it served as the Gaziantep Defense and Heroism Panoramic Museum. Turkey has many attractions for visitors wanting to take advantage of the rich culture and history of the area. From ancient ruins to tranquil landscapes, visitors have plenty of options when choosing to visit Turkey. Whether visitors are seeking fascinating culture, outdoor activities, unique cuisine, or simply a relaxed vacation, they’re sure to find something to appeal to them when they tour Turkey.

The most popular tourist attractions in Turkey are located in Istanbul. Istanbul is the most populous city in Turkey, famous for its Byzantine architecture, mosques, and seven hills.

Turkey’s capital Ankara has a mix of Ottoman Empire and Roman ruins for history buffs to explore. Ankara Citadel, a fortress with many buildings, used to be part of the ancient city. The hilltop castle has two gates and its walls date back to the 15th century. It is located near the modern city center and is surrounded by many restaurants and cafes.

Ephesus is another hot spot for tourists visiting Turkey. It was the most important city of the Roman Empire in the 1st century, and is one of the most spectacular ancient sites in the world – boasting a stadium, amphitheatre and temples dedicated to Artemis, Trajan, and Hadrian. Visitors can walk around the ruins, explore the harbor, and watch the sunset over the city.

Tourists also flock to the coastal cities of Antalya and Izmir for their stunning scenery and pleasant Mediterranean climate. In addition to breathtaking beaches, visitors can also explore ancient theaters and fortresses. Turkish riviera resorts in the cities are also popular vacation destinations. A visit to the Pamukkale Travertines is a must when visiting Antalya. This natural phenomenon is a unique site of white terraces and hot springs.

Turkey’s enchanting cultures and diverse attractions offer tourists a unique and unforgettable experience. Visitors to the country can explore ancient ruins, relax on the beach, and taste the delicious local cuisine. With a little bit of planning and research, visitors to Turkey can make the most of their time there, creating an unforgettable holiday experience.

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