Turkish actor Birol Ünel, best known for his part in "Head On," died at the age of 59, losing a battle against cancer. Born in southern Turkey in 1961, the actor had migrated to Germany with his family at the age of seven, and received his acting education in Hannover.
An ancient Greek Orthodox church was demolished after its ownership was taken over by the state's Foundations Directorate General, which left the structure unattended for seven years. Saint Georgios Greek Orthodox Church, dating back to 1896, was rehabilitated by the municipality before its ownership was taken away.
An ancient Hittite village in southeastern Turkey faces the risk of being submerged underwater because of a nearby lagoon construction. The 13th-century settlement is considered to be the world's "oldest sculpture studio."
Veteran sculptor Akram Saffan was captured by ISIS during the Syrian war, and took refuge in Turkey when he turned an attack into an opportunity to escape from ISIS. Saffan said that living in Turkey as an artist is a hard way to make a living, but he has no choice.
The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) received a rare, valuable portrait of Mehmet the Conqueror this week, following a delicate and complex method of transport devised to ensure the safety of the artwork.
The tomb and gold jewels of a woman dubbed the "Carian Princess" can now be seen in the Aegean province of Muğla's Bodrum Castle. Recovered in 1989, the body is thought to belong to a woman in her 40s.
A children's tale in Turkey was slammed by a columnist for using storylines and expressions that normalize rape and violence. A child psychologist noted that reading this content would normalize violence in children's minds.
A portrait of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror that Istanbul Municipality purchased arrived at the border on Aug. 20, daily Sözcü reported. The painting was bought for 7.9 million liras in late June. It will remain on display permanently in the municipal headquarters.
Hot-air balloons started rides after five months in central Turkey's Cappadocia on Aug. 22. Known for its unique geographical landscape, the area often offers sunrise balloon rides among "fairy chimneys."
The 2,750-year-old body of a toddler was found wearing bronze, dragon-shaped bracelets in the southeastern province of Van. The excavation head said that the area where the body was found is still a mystery.
A white train car that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk used frequently was removed from its display in front of İzmir's train terminal. The car had been displayed there for 13 years, but the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) claimed that the artifact was badly affected by weather conditions.
Istanbul's ancient Chora Museum will be opened for Muslim prayers, the Official Gazette reported on August 21, weeks following the first mass prayers held in the iconic Hagia Sophia in decades. Built as a church by Byzantines, Chora was turned into a museum in 1945, a status that the president annulled in 2019.
Heavy machinery was used during "renovation" works on an ancient bridge in Sivas. Environmental rights defender Güven İslamoğlu said on Aug. 19 that work had been stopped. The incident follows nationwide controversy surrounding the destruction of ancient walls in Istanbul's Galata Tower.
A Greek Orthodox Foundation in southern Hatay won a legal battle against the re-zoning of a cemetery as "green space." The municipality failed to notify the community of a change in status in the parcel's plans, but the re-zoning plan was suspended.
Turkey's news agenda has focused on "renovations" that resulted in dramatic results, often adding incoherent elements. Most recently, footage of "renovation" in Istanbul's Galata Tower had shown workers drilling into original walls.