The Turkish government reclaimed 65 thousand historical artifacts in a raid in Aegean provinces of Izmir and Manisa, halting the largest heist in the history of the republic. Seven suspects were detained for the attempted heist.
World-famed Bollywood actor Aamir Khan stopped shooting his movie Laal Singh Chaddha, an adaption of the 1994 classic Forrest Gump, due to coronavirus outbreak in India. Khan now looks for alternative locations in Turkey to shoot his movie.
Main opposition Istanbul Municipality revealed that the Culture Ministry's contract workers had been destroying walls of ancient Galata Tower. The historic building had been taken away from the municipality last 2019, and forced to be evacuated in April.
A large piece of air conditioning equipment was removed from the chimney of an ancient palace in Istanbul following public outcry about its installment. The 16th century palace was commissioned by Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificient.
A construction project that will damage the Munzur Springs, considered sacred in the Alevi faith, has started in the eastern province of Dersim. Munzur River is a stream that runs through the Munzur Valley National Park, which is also home to the sacred goats of Dersim.
Ancient Roman toilets and baths will be displayed in southwestern Denizli's Tripolis settlement by summer of 2021. The excavation head noted that the toilets and baths were connected through waterways and sewage, adding the importance of toilets for Roman urban architecture.
Turkish archaeologist Dr. Vuslat Müller Karpe was buried in the ancient city of Samuha where she has led excavation work for the past 15 years. The 3,800-years-old settlement was a political hub in the Hittite civilization.
Mois Gabay writes: Do you think the Camondo family will be included in the Beyoğlu Culture Road project conducted by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism? What about Arif Ergin’s “Tekvin” novel, in which he imagined that there would be a “Camondo Museum” one day?
A group of Greek Orthodox Istanbulites who live abroad slammed a video by the Presidential Communications Directorate that depicted minorities in Turkey living in comfort. The minority noted that the government hadn't taken any steps to permit their return to their ancestral hometown of Istanbul, where they were forced to leave because of political turmoil.
The area in the Hagia Sophia where emperors used to be coronated was left exposed when carpeting was installed in the structure to prepare it for Muslim prayer, Istanbul Culture and Tourism Director Coşkun Yılmaz said. The former museum was opened to Muslim worship on July 24, holding the first mass prayer in decades.
Animal breeders in Turkey are struggling with increased production costs amid the pandemic, worried about the lasting effects of forex-indexed prices. While increased food, electricity and gas prices threaten business beyond the traditional Eid al-Adha feast, some breeders have already gone out of business.
The Organizing Committee of Byzantine Studies has announced that the 24th International Byzantine Studies Congress will no longer be held in Istanbul. The move came after the Turkish government converted Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, an iconic example of Byzantine architecture, into a mosque.
Artifacts from Istanbul's ancient Hagia Sophia will be displayed in a nearby public building that will be transformed into a museum. Formerly used as a land office, the late-19th-century building in historical Sultanahmet will be converted on the president's orders.
A parking lot manager in eastern Turkey put a faulty bill up for sale at 1,500 times its value. Murat Kuştepe initially thought that the 50-lira bill was a fake, but put it up for sale at 75,000 Turkish Liras after realizing it was a rare faulty bill.
The German archaeologist who uncovered the ancient site of Göbekli Tepe, Klaus Schmidt was remembered on the sixth anniversary of his death. The scientist has a global legacy for uncovering "ground zero of human history."