For hundreds of years Zeugma prospered as a major commercial city as well as a military and religious center, eventually reaching its peak population of about 20,000-30,000 inhabitants. During the imperial period, Zeugma became the empire's largest, and most strategically and economically important, eastern border city.    However, the good times in Zeugma declined along with the fortunes of the Roman Empire. After the Sassanids from Persia attacked the city in A.D. 253, its luxurious villas…

For hundreds of years Zeugma prospered as a major commercial city as well as a military and religious center, eventually reaching its peak population of about 20,000-30,000 inhabitants. During the imperial period, Zeugma became the empire's largest, and most strategically and economically important, eastern border city. However, the good times in Zeugma declined along with the fortunes of the Roman Empire. After the Sassanids from Persia attacked the city in A.D. 253, its luxurious villas…

Sagalassos fountain (Turkey, ca. 160-180 AD). Located roughly 110 km north of Antalya, the ruins of the city extend  2.5 km from west to east and 1.5 km from north to south. The excavations at Sagalassos are now among the largest archaeological projects in the Mediterranean. Sagalassos was a prosperous city for over 1000 years, from early Hellenistic times until it was struck by a devastating earthquake in the 7th century AD when the city was abandoned.

Sagalassos fountain (Turkey, ca. 160-180 AD). Located roughly 110 km north of Antalya, the ruins of the city extend 2.5 km from west to east and 1.5 km from north to south. The excavations at Sagalassos are now among the largest archaeological projects in the Mediterranean. Sagalassos was a prosperous city for over 1000 years, from early Hellenistic times until it was struck by a devastating earthquake in the 7th century AD when the city was abandoned.

Nemrut, 2130 m mountain SE Turkey; at the summit, a number of large statues are erected around a royal tomb from the 1st century BC. These statues were once seated, with names of each god inscribed on them. The heads of the statues have at some stage been removed from their bodies, and they are now scattered throughout the site.

Nemrut, 2130 m mountain SE Turkey; at the summit, a number of large statues are erected around a royal tomb from the 1st century BC. These statues were once seated, with names of each god inscribed on them. The heads of the statues have at some stage been removed from their bodies, and they are now scattered throughout the site.

A place that will delight every explorer. The city of Myra in Turkey is known for the Lycian tombs (yes, what you see on the picture, are tombs) dug into the rock walls in ancient times due to the belief that deads were taken by winged beings. An interesting stop on the the Turkish coast.

A place that will delight every explorer. The city of Myra in Turkey is known for the Lycian tombs (yes, what you see on the picture, are tombs) dug into the rock walls in ancient times due to the belief that deads were taken by winged beings. An interesting stop on the the Turkish coast.

the lycian rock tombs of Myra, Turkey - Although most of the tombs are plain today, Charles Fellows tells that upon his discovery of the city in 1840 he found the tombs colourfully painted red, yellow and blue. The entire cliff face must have once been a bright riot of colour.

the lycian rock tombs of Myra, Turkey - Although most of the tombs are plain today, Charles Fellows tells that upon his discovery of the city in 1840 he found the tombs colourfully painted red, yellow and blue. The entire cliff face must have once been a bright riot of colour.

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