In Turkey, the past thrives on the present. The country is overflowing with sites dating back to antiquity, especially along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. Today, its past gives it an overwhelming charm. The most splendid relics are found in the Anatolian plateau region. This gigantic steppe, set between the Taurus and the Pontic mountain range to the north, is the cradle of the oldest civilisations on the globe. The Romans, the Byzantines, the Ottomans, and other peoples have all left their footprints on this mythical land. The cultural heritage of the south-east of the Anatolian plateau invites visitors to discover ancient artwork, a collection of protected relics of another era.