• Ottoman decrees preserved in Bosnian museum

    Five Ottoman edicts have found a home in Sarajevo’s Old Orthodox Church Museum, which is normally the home of some of the world’s most valuable Christian icons.The edicts date from the time when the rule of Ottoman sultans extended across southeastern Europe, from the mid-15th to the late 19th centuries. Link

  • 17 Apr, 2015

  • Turkey embarks on restoration efforts of Armenian churches

    Ankara has embarked on a series of restoration projects on Armenian churches in Turkey, amid criticism that the country’s remaining Armenian cultural and historical heritage not destroyed during World War I has been left to ruin. The restorations are part of the government’s bid to show that it is improving the rights of Turkey’s Armenian community. Link

  • 12 Apr, 2015

  • Basilica in Lake İznik to become underwater museum

    The remains of a nearly 1,600-year-old basilica that was discovered at the beginning of last year under Lake İznik in the northwestern province of Bursa is now set to become an underwater museum. The underwater museum project, approved by the Culture and Tourism Ministry, will be carried out by the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, the sponsor of the project. Link

  • 08 Apr, 2015

  • Knidos’ church and theater under restoration

    Seasonal excavations have started to revive two magnificent structures of a theater and a church in the 2,600-year-old ancient city of Knidos (Cnidus) in the western province of Muğla. The head of the Knidos excavations, Selçuk University academic Professor Ertekin Doksanaltı, said the city’s excavations restarted in 2013 after many years of waiting. Link

  • 02 Apr, 2015

  • Şanlıurfa’s museum complex ready to open

    The Haleplibahçe Museum Complex, which will open in two months in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, is set to take visitors for a trip back in time.The complex, built on an area of 200,000 square meters, includes an archaeopark and mosaic museums. It is the first and only museum in Turkey in terms of the number of objects in a closed area. When it is opened to visitors, history aficionados will have the chance to see hundreds of carved rocks with human and animal figures, tombs and inscriptions. Link

  • 31 Mar, 2015

  • Turkey: Great Synagogue welcomes faithful after 50 years

    Jewish worshippers in Turkey held a religious service on Thursday in the newly restored Great Synagogue in Edirne province, the first such ceremony in 46 years.An estimated 200-250 people attended the service in the synagogue which recently reopened after a four-year, $2.2 million restoration project. Link

  • 26 Mar, 2015

  • Turkey to offer direct incentives for R&D operations

    Turkey’s volume of direct incentives for research and development projects will be 1.5 billion Turkish lira ($0.57 billion) in 2015, Turkey's Science, Industry and Technology Minister Fikri Isik said Wednesday.In a speech during the inauguration ceremony of Germany-based MAN’s new bus production plant in Ankara, Isik said the aim is to transform Turkey into a production and R&D hub. Link

  • 25 Mar, 2015

  • Spray paint on ancient rocks elicits reaction

    A group of travelers who spray-painted their names on rocks in the vicinity of 8,000-year-old paintings on Beşparmak (Latmos) mountain near Lake Bafa have aroused anger from archaeologists and historians over the damage to the ancient site. Link

  • 24 Mar, 2015

  • Turkey, EU agree to renegotiate Customs Union after 20 years

    Turkey's Economy Minister Zeybekci said that the shape of a new Customs Union Agreement, including a solution to "the systematic problems" and a formula to include Turkey in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, will be ready in first half of 2016. Link

  • 20 Mar, 2015