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Earthquake-Ravaged Ancient Turkish City Restored

Friday, February 21, 2014

Tralleis_ancient_cityTRALLEIS, TURKEY—A large-scale restoration project has begun at Tralleis in western Turkey, according to Hurriet Daily. Archaeologists aim to restore parts of the city, which was once an important center in the trade routes crossing the ancient Mediterranean, after millennia of earthquakes have damaged the site. In antiquity, Tralleis was inhabited from at least the fourth century B.C. through the Roman period, and survived until the 13th century. “The city has features showing the activities and social life of many eras,” says Culture and Tourism Director Nuri Aktakka, who is supporting the scientific research at the site in an effort to bring tourists to this little-known ancient city.