Explore Istanbul’s Historic Sites

Türkiye’s largest city, Istanbul, is located in the north-west of the country, lying across the shores of two seas, divided down the middle by the Bosphorus Strait. The only city in the world to be built over two continents, Istanbul has acted as a bridge between Asia and Europe, and as a sea bridge between […]

Discover Türkiye’s Aegean Archaeology

Türkiye’s position as a unique junction between the worlds of the East and the West has had a significant impact on the country’s culture throughout its history. Over time, many different ancient civilisations have left their mark across the landscape, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the ancient cities and archaeological sites of […]

Explore Cappadocia

Türkiye is home to many diverse landscapes and geographies, but one of the most captivating is that of Cappadocia, in the centre of the country. Often described as a ‘fairytale land’, Cappadocia’s hills and valleys are filled with caves, tunnels, and ‘fairy chimneys’ (tall, thin rock formations), which have been home to multiple civilisations since […]

Revealing a pharaoh’s violent death

Pharaoh Seqenenre-Taa-II (c.1558–1553 BC) ruled southern Egypt at the end of the 17th Dynasty, during a time when the northern part of the country was controlled by a group called the Hyksos, who originated in Asia. Historical records indicate that there was ongoing tension between Seqenenre and the Hyksos, and it is believed that he […]

The Horizon of Khufu

Inside the Great Pyramid The sheer scale of Khufu’s Great Pyramid is breathtaking, but there is more to this audacious monument than immediately meets the eye, as Matthew Symonds recalls. It is not unknown that children try to outdo their parents. When it comes to tombs, though, pharaoh Khufu must have thought he was on […]

Bringing a pharaoh’s tomb to Bolton

In 1898, a team led by French archaeologist Victor Loret excavated the tomb of the 18th Dynasty pharaoh Thutmose III. It was given the number KV34, though it had originally been one of the first tombs to be cut into the bedrock of Egypt’s Valley of the Kings over 3,400 years ago. The tomb is […]

Explore Neolithic Türkiye

Türkiye is a land bursting with history, and the area surrounding the Harran plain in the southeast of the country, in particular, is home to spellbinding Neolithic sites, where ongoing excavations are shedding new light on a region that acted as the crucible for the development of modern human civilisation. Those seeking out the wonders […]

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