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Turkey hopes to draw tourists to newly freed town
Posted on 29/08/2019

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The ancient city of Carchemish is situated along the border between Syria and Turkey

Straddling the border between Turkey and Syria is the ancient city of Carchemish. Recently freed from control by the so-called Islamic State, the Turkish government is hoping to make it a tourist attraction.

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Turkey is getting the word out that the ruins are now open to tourists, and seeks to revive tourism in southeast Anatolia.

The hope is that the site will become an open-air museum.

The city was occupied by the Hittite Empire, which ruled the area between 1600 BCE and 1178 BCE, but it also played a role for the Assyrian, ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. The city of Carchemish itself is believed to have been an important trade stop on the route between Anatolia and Egypt.

The governor of Gaziantep has stated that the facilities will be under high security due to their location in an active military zone.

The ruins of Karkamesh include the remains of a Hittite palace and temple, a lane with Roman columns, a wall engraving depicting a griffon, and a variety of sculptures.

The local government predicts that security measures will be in place as early as next year.

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